Splunk App for VMware v3.1: Transforming operational visibility into virtualized datacenters with built-in storage correlation

Earlier today, we announced the general availability of the latest release version 3.1 of the Splunk App for VMware. This release is monumental providing radical cross-tier insights into your virtual infrastructure. In this latest release, we’ve focused on improving time-to-value with 3 important features – correlated insights, adaptable reporting and enhanced topology map. Let’s delve a little deeper into each area.

1. Built-in correlation between VMware and storage environments:

If you’re running a virtual datacenter, storage latency in virtual environments is one of the most common performance issues you are likely to deal with. Storage I/O latencies impact performance of VMs because read/write operations can cause performance issues to the shared resources in your datacenter; as VMs contend with each …

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Detecting Your Hypervisor from within a Windows Guest OS

Let’s face it – most of our applications run on hypervisors – Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware or Citrix XenServer seem to be the top contenders. This makes our technology stacks that much more complex since we have added a layer of abstraction between the application and the bare metal. Instead of a stack that includes Compute Platform, OS, and Application, we’ve added Hypervisor to the mix. How do we correlate what is happening on the compute platform to what is happening on the application level? How do we understand which other applications are running on the same hypervisor?

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What’s New In The Splunk App for VMware

Since the launch of the Splunk App for VMware, we’ve received some great feedback on how to use the data collected by the App. Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of the Splunk App for VMware v2.0 and with your help we’ve introduced some fantastic reports and visualizations. Here are some highlights:

Health reports: These reports provide a real-time view of the health of your VMware environments. You can quickly identify which VMs and hosts have system resources that are in a critical state, datastores that are under- or over-utilized, alarms that have been triggered from your environments and more. You can then logically navigate from these summary pages to detailed pages. And to do that, …

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Splunk Meets Cloud and Virtualization

Less than a week left for .conf and so many exciting sessions to write about. I hope you had the chance to read my other posts about how one of our customers will be discussing their usage of Splunk to think beyond application monitoring and also about the varoius tracks and sessions on Cloud, Virtualization.  We have breakout sessions on our new and recently launched VMware App that discuss installation, configuration, usage, best practices and case studies. There is one more session I believe you just shouldn’t miss out on while you’re attending .conf.

Rick Yetter (@superdadaz), from Apollo Group, a leading provider in higher education programs, is presenting on automation of Splunk alerting within the Cloud. He discusses …

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Learn about Splunk for Cloud and Virtualization at .conf

Are you virtualizing your environment? Is your organization soaking in all the buzz around Cloud? Are you virtualizing your infrastructure or adopting cloud solutions? Want to gain efficiencies and learn how Splunk can help? Come join us in our various Cloud and Virtualization sessions at .conf.

We have a solution for VMware  (but of course!). Come join us to learn about how to best configure the App, a demo and various use cases discussed over 3 sessions. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to speak directly to the experts who created this App. Learn why all our customers are excited about the solution that provides them unprecedented levels of granularity on their virtualization data with the ability to relate it with …

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Are you going to be at VMworld, San Francisco next week? Catch Splunk in action.

Server virtualization brings about tremendous benefits in gaining efficiencies, minimizing infrastructure footprint, effectively sharing resources and cost savings; however, its dynamic and distributed nature raises some new challenges in managing capacity, understanding your security posture and troubleshooting. Virtualization demands a new approach to monitoring. Capturing virtualization data, persisting and analyzing it together with data from the rest of your IT stack (like applications, storage, network…) becomes critical to go back in time and understand the root cause of any issue, trend an event and report it in full fidelity.

As you are aware, the goal at Splunk is to make machine data (structured and unstructured) accessible and usable to everyone. We’ve extended the core functionality of Splunk to capture virtualization …

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Virtualized all the way to my desktop

Among the many email responses to my Splunk for VMware blog post, several were from people deploying thousands of virtual desktops in their environment, wondering how to get enough visibility to be able to troubleshoot user issues. Will Hayes started working on this virtualization problem a few months ago, for Citrix Xendesktop and his blog describes the deep levels of visibility our Splunk for XenDesktop solution provides.

We’re showcasing this solution at Microsoft Management Summit this week and are pretty excited to see the levels of interest and enthusiasm around this new solution. For those who are running VMware View, we don’t have a solution yet, but can provide some (hopefully helpful) pointers.

VMware View consists of the following main …

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Largest SplunkLive yet hits the Nation’s Capital featuring IT Gurus from The Washington Post and Federal Agencies

More than 200 people joined us last week in Washington, DC for our largest SplunkLive ever–doubling the number of attendees from the 2009 SplunkLive DC event! Representatives from great companies like BAE, Comcast, Lockheed Martin, McAfee, Qwest Communications, Verizon and representatives from nearly every branch of Federal government were in attendance.

Splunk’s Co-Founders Erik Swan and Rob Das started the day detailing why they created Splunk. Everyone knew there was value in IT data, but the way to search and understand it was complex and troublesome. Google was great for easily and logically finding information on the World Wide Web. Why not apply the same thinking to our log files and IT data? And just look what I can

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Splunk your VMware environment

Have you ever received a call from one of your users saying, “My application is running too slow – I want a real server, not a virtual one?” or how about a call saying, “All my virtual machines just got powered off! “. As the administrator for your VMware environment, your job is a tough one. You know your environment is really stable and VMware is saving you lots of cash … and yet, your users tend to turn around and blame virtualization for their problems. Some of these problems are real and many of them imaginary. Wouldn’t it be great to know about problems in your hypervisor before they happen? How about reporting on historical data so people have …

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Chad’s Army

I stumbled upon this unexpected post from Chad Sakac of EMC talking about the VMware/EMC/Cisco collaboration.

For anyone who has spent their career on the start-up track in Silicon Valley this is not a novel story.

Isn’t it fantastic to see some large companies still have the mojo of entrepreneurship and fast moving initiatives that survive outside of the normal organizational structure?

While it remains to be seen how successful VCE, Acadia and Vblock will be, it sure is exciting to have the industry talking about radically new approaches to simplify computing! Here is a great post summarizing Vblock from Mark Bowker @ Enterprise Strategy Group. Now if we can only get access to that lab and get Splunk running …

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