Now is a great time for log, performance and insight analysis in VMware.
VMware vCenter Log Insight has recently been updated to version 1.0.4 proving this application is going from strength to strength. If you’re looking for a way to capture the massive amount of data that emanates from your environment and turn it into something that makes sense then this is what you need, it really is a no-brainer. Check out the product information page for more of an overview and to download the trial. And you can’t go far wrong with checking out Sam McGeown’s guide to installing and configuring Log Insight over on DefinIT.
And then we have CloudPhysics. If, like me, you spend most of your day administering and tweaking your vSphere environment to get the best performance possible then this app is nothing short of godly. At a basic level CloudPhysics is a VM distributed via OVA that sits in your enviroment and quietly gathers data and sends it on to your dashboard which is hosted at https://app.cloudphysics.com/login
After you install the Observer app and have created an account on the CloudPhysics site then you’ll need to let it poll for a small amount of time – probably the same amount of time it takes to drink a cup of coffee. Then you’ll be presented with a number of ‘cards’ displaying your parsed vSphere data.
You can also create your own cards using the handy card builder wizard, opening up massive potential for all sorts of data display. Probably the best aspect of the default layout is the Knowledge Base Advisor.
I won’t ruin the surprise but needless to say you should check it out.