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: How busy are my VMware Systems, are there bottlenecks or risks? Is VMware affected by storage or SAN problems or do individual VMs overload areas in the systems?
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
This high level of transparency improves the quality of the services while at the same time reducing costs. In very short time, BVQ provides a high level of information from which the administrator can derive measures for achieving higher operational safety .The factual knowledge gained with BVQ allows cost-optimized and verifiable planning and decisions on the further expansions.
The typical tasks that are performed with BVQ are:
- Automated System analysis with the BVQ Systems Health map
The only thing you have to do here is to activate the alerts of the BVQ Systems Health map.
- Be alerted early if a problem occurs
- Identify the problem and plan a response using the included solution description
- Use the results from the Systems Health map to carry out a more in-depth system analysis with monitoring or the Expert GUI or request an analysis from SVA.
- Connect the results from the Systems Health map with a ticket system so that the problems are automatically and promptly passed on to the right people.
- Contact SVA for special alerts and tests or connections to external systems.
- Monitoring using the web monitoring tool
Use the dashboards supplied with the BVQ version, which you can easily adapt or expand.
- Use the delivered dashboards to carry out monitoring at different levels.
- Create new dashboards to enable special monitoring tasks.
- Set up dashboards for application or system managers, so that ongoing monitoring tasks can be carried out directly by those responsible.
- Contact SVA for special dashboards to be created.
- Reporting using the web reporting tool
Every platform comes with reports which can be run automatically or scheduled. New report types can be created with the BVQ Template Editor.
- Reading out the results of automatically generated reports via a simple web address
- Generation of new reports based on existing reporting templates
- Create own new reporting templates to create new report types
- Setup schedulers to create automated reporting and seining results directly to system or application managers
- Contact SVA for assistance in creating a specific report template.
- Performing analysis
The BVQ Expert Analysis GUI comes with many analysis favorites which act like recipes to lead to very good results
- Carry out planning analyzes based on measured facts and developments
- Conduct risk analyzes to identify problems early and avoid them
- With problem analysis through, you can quickly find the reasons for bottlenecks or misconduct.
- Be curious to understand the interrelationships between the systems and the systems themselves better and better to become an even more valuable administrator.
- Our system engineers at SVA will be happy to help you carry out analyzes.
- Connecting ITSM environments to BVQ to access live measured data
We already prepared base tables for every object type in BVQ which gives a quick start to retrieve the right data for your external applications like ITSM
- Replace the existing interface types with a general BVQ interface in order to get from the many different languages for each individual system to a query language. This will significantly reduce the number of scripts and programming required.
- In many cases, replace complex calculations with many accesses with results access from BVQ. This reduces the complexity in the scripts and the susceptibility to errors.
- Integrate high-quality results from BVQ such as alerts or events directly into the systems.
- Connect BVQ with Splunk, Kibana, ServiceNow, Matrix42, Icinga, ...,
- Feel free to contact SVA for any type of ITSM connection or for ITSM project support.
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 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