Brief product description
BVQ for VMware integrates VMware into the BVQ end-to-end infrastructure for automated analysis, monitoring, reporting and comprehensive problem and performance analysis. This is the starting point for answers to questions about configuration and best practice, performance, and capacity of the system.
BVQ has an end-to-end view that monitors VMware in the surrounding infrastructure. With this BVQ can find answers to questions such as: is VMware affected by problems in storage or does VMware load on single VMs overload other systems
Supported VMware vSphere products
BVQ for VMware supports all vSphere storage topologies such as vSAN and classic external storage connected via SAN or NFS
VMware version BVQ support Comment <5.0 not supported 5.0 supported
BVQ version 2.8 → current 5.1 supported 2.8 → current 5.5 supported 3.4 → current 6.0 supported 3.5.4 → current 6.5 supported 5.0 → current 6.7 supported 6.0 → current 7.0 supported 6.1.4 → current
BVQ for VMware licensing
BVQ for VMware is licensed by the number of Virtual machines (VMs) running in the environment. We offer license packs of 25 VMs (sum of VMs in the environment, divided by 25 = number of packs to license). Please contact your SVA sales representative for pricing information.
Details here: License information
BVQ for VMware data gathering
BVQ collects data from the VMware vSphere environment for visualization and analyzing purposes. The collected information consists of capacity, topology, performance and event data. BVQ scan the VMware vSphere environment using the official VMware API provided by a vCenter appliance. The connection between BVQ & VMware vSpehere vCenter is secured via HTTPS, so no data is sent without encryption. The collected data is stored in the authentication protected BVQ database.
Scan interval for BVQ for VMware is 20 seconds
More base information about BVQ for VMware
We have a lot of valuable information in our BVQ Release Notes.
On the subject of BVQ for VMware you will find more interesting information here, some of which have the same content as this document.
- BVQ 5.6: BVQ for VMware
- BVQ 5.6: New System Favorites for SAN & VMware
- BVQ 5.7: VMware Module Enhancement: VSAN
BVQ for VMware use cases
Typical use cases for VMware
- How healthy are my VMware systems? Do I have risks, do I exceed limit values?
- How do my VMware systems interact with the infrastructure? Are memories or networks overloaded and cause problems e.g. at application level?
- Do individual VMs overload the infrastructure and thereby affect other VMs?
- Which performance bottlenecks slow down a VM?
- Are there CPU oversubscription problems in my hosts?
- Which VMs can I reclaim CPUs and memory from?
- Will resyncs in the disk groups affect vSAN performance?
- How can I prove a problem is inside or outside VMware?
General BVQ Use cases
ITSM systems use BVQ because it has access to all data and is strong in communication. This reduces the development times and costs for connecting and maintaining these systems.
General application scenarios:
- Fully automated infrastructure analysis
BVQ continuously monitors all connected systems and reports deviations and problems. Violations of best practice, configuration rules or self-defined threshold values are recognized and reported immediately. The results are displayed on just one screen using the BVQ System Health map. BVQ is delivered with a large number of tests that only need to be switched on.
- Easy-to-use monitoring and efficient reporting
BVQ has a browser interface for monitoring and reporting.There are reports or dashboards for all platforms that can be used immediately. So you can start working immediately and achieve important results.
- Deep problem analysis with the BVQ GUI
If you find performance bottlenecks in monitoring or alerting that are not easy to explain, use the BVQ Analysis GUI to start a deeper root cause analysis. The BVQ Analysis GUI is well prepared for this task because it allows you to quickly discover the problem areas and easily jump between the layers of one or more systems. Drill-downs allow the analyst to go deeper and deeper to find a problem causer. Drill-ups help him to visualize the effects of a problem. End-to-end analysis makes it easy to determine if problems are due to misbehavior in the system itself or to other systems. One of the great strengths of the BVQ Analysis GUI is that it displays the results of many objects simultaneously on a single chart to speed up the analysis process. The results of several 100 or 1000 objects can be visualized in seconds to find outliers. Another great strength of the GUI analysis is that it automatically keeps track of the topology so that drill-downs and drill-ups do not give false results. With this feature, you can also easily switch between systems, such as VMware to the storage or the SAN network to start an end-to-end analysis.
- BVQ connect module for the ITSM infrastructure connection
The REST interface allows to use the BVQ results in applications like Splunk, Elastic, ServiceNow, Power BI or SAP BI and many more. The REST interface is easy to use and dramatically reduces the development effort and data volumes in the connected systems by providing results in tabular form or as chat data. The full strength of BVQ can be used, such as End-to-end relations, all metrics, means or peak values or aggregations at all levels.
Tools and definitions included in the scope of delivery
BVQ comes with many tools and pre-defined definitions so you can get started right after the installation. These tools include analysis favorites, monitoring dashboards, reports and prepared alert templates, and probes for the Systems Health map.
Systems Health map support and alerting templates for VMware
System Alerts for the BVQ systems health map
In total, more than 250 alerts are available for the Systems Health map today. These alerts are fully defined and can still be adjusted using parameters in the Predefined alert section of the BVQ server
The Systems Health map for this platform includes alerts from the following areas:
- System Limits
- System limits
Alerting templates to create detailed alerts
More detailed alerting can be set up via alerting templates or using the free definition of alerts.
The alerting templates are very easy to use and are filled out using dialogue system. With these templates you can tailor alerts in many ways to the current environment.
For more special and complex alerts use the advanced editor in the custom rules area of the BVQ Server. The SVA Service Team can support you with creating complex alerts.
Monitoring for VMware
Monitoring dashboards are always updated and extended.
Starting with the Entry Edition, you can design your own dashboards or adapt the existing dashboards.
- Available dashboards
Use this dashboard for monitoring to see critical deviations and developments in vCenters.
This dashboard gives a general overview for VMware clusters hosts & VMs and can also be used to analyze deeper into operation of VMs and the connection to storage used in data stores
The host detail dashboard gives you the opportunity to bring several selected hosts into a monitoring environment so that, for example, employees who do not work so close to BVQ can monitor their hosts themselves.
The VM detail dashboard gives you the opportunity to bring several selected hosts into a monitoring environment so that, for example, employees who do not work so close to BVQ can monitor their VMs themselves.
Reporting for VMware
Reports are always updated and extended.
Starting with the Entry Edition, you can design your own reports or adapt the existing reports.
- Available reports
Capacity report for VMware vCenters, Clusters, Hosts and Virtual Machines reporting their current allocatable, allocated, virtual, used and free capacities and the Virtual Machine power states.
Analytic favorites for VMware
The way how to use favorites and some of the major favorites are explained in more detail in the BVQ quick start guide.
The favorites tree consists of the areas.
- General Section: Topology and performance overview
- Analysis Section: Favorites used from experts for deeper analysis
- Table View Section: Tables for all objects. These can be used for reporting or the REST interface.
List of included analysis favorites
The analysis favorites are shown here as a list, the details of which can be opened if you are a customer and have access to the detailed BVQ documentation.
Otherwise the names of the analysis favorites are very meaningful and give a good impression of the possible applications
- Folder: VMware
- Folder: Alerts & Events
- Folder: BVQ Alerts
- Folder: Events
- Folder: Analysis
- Folder: Table views
- Folder: Resource consumer
- Folder: Virtualization layer
- Folder: Resource provider