Essential for a solid Virtual environment
Timothy Sawah | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 16, 2018

Essential for a solid Virtual environment

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is used by the IT systems engineer. This tool enabled us to monitor all the virtual servers in the environment. It works across different platforms like VMware and Hyper-V. The system helped to detect virtual server problems before they occur and perform proactive maintenance. SolarWinds VMAN has advanced reporting capabilities and a customizable dashboard. We used this application to forecast the virtual environment growth and accordingly estimate annual budget.
  • I created custom dashboards, to view the different elements of the virtual environment. For example, you can view the number of online VMs and those off, or disconnected. You can also choose to see the status of every virtual cluster, the storage disk usage on every VM, the RAM usage, CPU usage.
  • I used this application to see the growth of virtual memory in each cluster and accordingly do forecasting for future growth. A capacity planner included in this application would help in doing accurate estimations and setting a future upgrade budget.
  • Another powerful tool was the customized reports, where i could generate reports on any element of the VM or cluster. Reports can be exported to Excel or PDF and are very useful for sharing information with colleagues and management.
  • Alerts can be customized. For example, you can set a rule to get an email alert if any virtual server RAM usage exceeds 85% and send a text message if RAM usage exceeds 90% for more than 10 minutes.
  • Generating a new license key upon renewal and then installing the new key is not a straightforward process. I think license renewal should be handled using easier methods
  • Solarwinds VMAN is a VM itself, so in case the cluster or ESX/host where it resides fails, there won't be a way to get alerted.
  • There account managers are really annoying, every year they start calling and sending emails 3 month before renewal.
  • The uptime has been improved since we are detecting issues proactively
  • The budget estimate for upgrades are more accurate
  • Executive reports are more meaningful
Most of the common issues with VMs are RAM overload, not enough processing power, or virtual disk full. These minor issues can hardly be detected by checking on every virtual server OS. With SolarWinds VMAN these issues are detected and shown on the dashboard. With custom alerts on certain thresholds, emails or text messages will be sent out to control the issue before the service/application goes down.
Capacity planner has been a very useful tool to estimate growth and budget. For instance, when we knew about upcoming projects and estimated the number and size of VMs required, we use this info as an input to the capacity planner. The output was the upgrades in terms of memory, processing and storage required. What-if scenarios are used and the outputs are used by technical team and management to make the best decision on the what projects to select, what projects to drop and what budget is required for VM infrastructure upgrades.
As a system Engineer, I used to customize the dashboard to view red flagged VMs and attend to the issues proactively.
This capability has increase the uptime of applications and services running on the virtual servers. Monitoring in almost real time a very large number of vms is only possible through such an efficient and flexible dashboard and it resulted in increased uptime for business critical services.
The Cisco solution is more expensive and complex to install and configure
The VMware Horizon does not detect and manage the non VMware VMs such as Microsoft Hyper-V
In case the environment is purely VMware, then VMware Horizon provides more possibilities of managing the VMs and initiating remediating tasks.
The VMware software is more expensive also.
As for Virtuozzo, the price is really competitive.
  • It is perfectly suited for environments with 100+ virtual servers. It is essential in environments with several clusters and 500+ virtual servers.
  • It would be optimal for hybrid environments with Hyper-V and VMware.
  • It can be expensive for small businesses.
  • It is not recommended in case most of the environment is on physical servers or cloud platforms