What’s New in CloudPhysics?

Wondering what’s new in CloudPhysics? Over the past few months we’ve been focused on building out and updating our analytics inventory of cards to help you better understand and manage your virtual environment. Each new or updated card brings to light important operational hazards that could cause a lot of damage if they blew up. Many look at things that admins typically have little or no time to track, meaning issues may go undiscovered until they become a big problem.

Avoiding vMotion Sickness

You’ll find a table with new and updated analytics at the end of this post, nearly all of which were requested by our customers. You’ll find a number of them focus on configuration issues that can wreak havoc with vMotion.

  • DRS Cluster Health is a new capability that identifies issues that could prevent dynamic rebalancing of VMs within a cluster, resulting in suboptimal efficiency.
  • HA Cluster Health uncovers issues that could prevent the expected failover behavior of VMs within a cluster and compromise uptime.
  • The new Virtual Hardware Allocation analytic gives you a comprehensive view of all VMs with attached peripherals that could prevent vMotions and tells you virtual hardware versions across all VMs.

We’d bet that none of these checks are on the “hot list” for IT professionals because they are often under-the-radar issues that aren’t thought about or get put aside in favor of bigger priorities. Yet the damage they can cause to performance and availability can be just as nasty and difficult to identify as the best-known issues. CloudPhysics ensures that high-impact, low-visibility hazards are brought to light so that you can address them before they cause a train wreck in your infrastructure.  This represents the true value of CloudPhysics’ predictive monitoring:  peace of mind.

The power of SaaS

Like all our analytics, we deliver these new and enhanced capabilities as SaaS, vastly simplifying your ability to get value fast. Unlike traditional tools, SaaS provides  seamless automatic updates with no impact on you or your infrastructure. This is, of course, one of the many benefits of CloudPhysics. No muss, no fuss, just software that always works and is up to date. As soon as we release new features, customers log in to their account, and voila, the analytics  are seamlessly available to them.  It just makes so much sense.

Explore for yourself

Remember, CloudPhysics SaaS is available in two flavors:

Free Edition:  Ten very useful analytics  that you can use to improve performance, reduce risk, and cut costs. Read the datasheet for details. Or download Free Edition now to get started.

Premium Edition:  Our full set of powerful analytics that provide proactive monitoring and deep insights into your infrastructure, reduce both CapEx and OpEx, and simulate changes before you make them to verify they won’t cause headaches.

Premium customers can get started today with all the new capabilities. If you’re not on Premium Edition but want to explore further, ask our Customer Success team, who would be happy to share a demo or set up a trial for you.

We hope you enjoy all that’s new in CloudPhysics!

What’s New in CloudPhysics: New and Updated Analytics

Host Inventory
  • Checks if ESX hosts have homogeneous hypervisor builds
  • Checks if host server model is compatible with vSphere and simulate the effect of changing vSphere version (compatibility check)
vCenter Stats Level
  • Shows the performance statistics level settings on your vCenter servers
  • Highlights settings that may lead to increased database size growth and poor vCenter performance
Virtual HW Allocation
  • Identifies VMs with virtual CD/DVD-ROM, or floppy disk devices attached and preventing vMotion
  • Shows the distribution of virtual hardware versions across all the virtual machines
HA Cluster Health
  • Identifies configuration issues in HA clusters that could degrade availability
  • Provides health checks and configuration best practices for HA clusters
Network MTU Health
  • Identifies VMkernel virtual NICs used for NFS/iSCSI/FT/vMotion etc using mismatched MTU settings
Guest Tools Health
  • Identifies configuration issues in HA clusters that could degrade availability
  • Provides health checks and configuration best practices for HA clusters
vCenter Summary
  • Provides summary of full vSphere environment for all connected vCenters
DRS Cluster Health
  • Identifies configuration issues in DRS clusters that could degrade use of feature
  • Provides health checks and configuration best practices for HA clusters