Review: VMware's vCenter Operations Manager lightens the load

Monitoring virtual servers for availability, performance, health, and workload capacity has never been easy, but Operations Manager goes a long way toward that goal

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The bottom lineVMware vCenter Operations Manager is a very useful and well-designed tool. It condenses the vast number of monitored data points for a vSphere implementation into a concise and easily digested format, and it provides analysis features that make it very easy to get a sense of the performance and capacity of the virtual infrastructure. Further, it's very simple to drill down into the data and determine where problems might be, whether they are affecting hosts, VMs, storage, or network operations.

Operations Manager might be overkill for smaller implementations, but for anything larger than two clusters, it provides a wealth of information that can be called up quickly. Also, the behavior-aware alerting is much more useful than the standard vCenter alerting/notification system, and the planning and analysis features are extremely useful for managing future growth. Overall, Operations Manager is a handy tool to have in your virtualization arsenal.

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