BUSINESS VOLUME QUALICISION (BVQ)
Brief descriptionThe BVQ VMware platform is the continuation of the existing BVQ VMware package. It introduces support for VMware performance metrics and enables you to interactively explore your VMware configuration, check all kind of performance metrics and alert on metrics, create reports and drill through all the layers between SVC, BVQ, and VMware objects in end to end views.
As BVQ will now support a 'new' platform completely, customers will be able to use this VMware platform as a standalone solution. So you don't need to license IBM Spectrum Virtualize or Storwize (but a combination of both platforms are possible to get an end to end view of the environment). A combination of the SAN package with the new VMware platform is also possible.
Customers using the current VMware package (topology & capacity data) will be able to upgrade to the new VMware platform now including performance data as well.
The VMware platform is licensed by the number of Virtual machines (VMs) running in the environment. Customers will have to license packs of 25 VMs (sum of VMs in the envrionment divided by 25 = number of packs to license)
Please contact your SVA sales representative for pricing information.
To collect information a BVQ VMware scanner needs to be configured to connect to a vCenter. If a VMware scanner already exists to scan topology data, performance data collection can be enabled easily in the scanner configuration.
See Supported environments and BVQ server requirements for more details and the supported versions of the VMware vCenter versions.
Supported VMware objects
The first version of the BVQ VMware Performance supports most elements of a VMware environment. The following overview depicts the elementary relationships of these objects and their link to connected BVQ objects:
Where to find VMware objects?
Similar to the already known VMware Topology package all available objects show up in the BVQ Path browser inside the view property panel or can be opened as a table from the favorite browser. All VMware objects can be combined in an end to end relation to all other objects.
|VMware objects in view Path browser||VMware object Table views in BVQ Favorites|
|VMware||Resource consumer||VM Virtual machine|
|VM Virtual disk|
|Virtualization layer||VM vCenter|
|Resource Provider||VM Datastore cluster|
|VM SCSI volume 2 Host|
|VM Disk group|
|VM SCSI volume|
The BVQ VMware Performance Package gathers statistics delivered from the VMware performance API. Similar to all other statistics, you can simply drill into a chart with the statistics related to an object with a simple click on the VMware entry in the context menu of this object:
That opens our well known BVQ Chart view, where you can select metrics in the selection panel. The following screenshots shows the full set of available metrics in the expert tab for each object type:
VM Host metric details
These are the available VM Host metrics in more detail:
|VM Virtual machine|
VM Virtual machine metric details
These are the available VM Virtual machine metrics in more detail:
VM LUN metric details
These are the available VM LUN metrics in more detail:
VM vCenter metric details
These are the available VM vCenter metrics in more detail:
VM Cluster metric details
These are the available VM Cluster metrics in more detail:
|VM SCSI volume 2 Host|
VM SCSI volume 2 Host metric details
These are the available VM SCSI volume 2 Host metrics in more detail:
Performance Indicators (PI)
The VMware Performance Package also take full advantage of the new BVQ Feature: "Performance Indicators for all performance metrics" which enables the use of all performance metrics as PI.
This finally allows a PI based treemap sizing as well as the usage of PI in a table for VMware objects.
Thereby it is much easier to find "High Performer" and Bottlenecks.