vRealize Operations 7.0 – Quick Overview

This is a quick post giving you an overview of vROPs 7.0.  It’s not intended to be in an in-depth post so if you need that then wait until 7.0 goes to GA and then check back here.

All screenshots in this article have been taken from a Pre GA version and any changes I call out are in relation to 7.0 from 6.7.

Install Process

Nothing’s changed here from a product perspective, it’s exactly the same.  Deploy some appliances from an OVA and form your cluster.

vrops 7.0 install

vrops 7.0 cluster

What has changed is the way that we are recommending people to deploy and manage all of our vRealize Suite which is via vRSLCM (vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager).  Version 2.0 will go to GA with the rest of the suite very soon so look out for that.

A new option that has appeared in the admin portal is for password recovery allowing the administrator user password to be reset if it is forgotten.

vrops 7.0 password recovery

First Login

This takes you to the solution adapters configuration straight away and points you to where you should be starting.  A much better user experience!

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Workload Optimization

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Several changes have happened here.  Firstly we now have a new “Automate” button which allos vROPs to continually look for optimizations within the datacenter rather than just on a scheduled or requested basis.

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Operational and Business Intent have also been separated into 2 different sections, previously being grouped under “Workload Automation” in 6.7.  Optimization and Headroom settings remain the same.

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The Business Intent section is new and rather than offer the same subset of settings that were previously in Workload Automation, new options have been added.

The addition of “Host” based intent means that vROPs now can control affinity and anti-affinity DRS rules in order to pin workloads to specific hosts.  It also disables DRS rules that would clash with those being applied from vRealise Operations.

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What-If Scenarios

What used to be a feature that could only be used for estimating what would happen if new workloads of type X were to be placed into a particular datacenter and cluster, now has scenarios for changes to physcial infrastructure and worklaod migrations.

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Physical Infrastructure relates to the addition of server hardware to the virtual estate within a datacenter and cluster.

Migration planning enables the user to estimate the costs and configuration required to migrate workloads of a specific configuration to the given cloud, either based on a workload configuration provided by the user or using specific workloads that vROPs already knows about.

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Custom Dashboards

The whole look and feel of custom dashboards has changed, moving to a simpler canvas approach with the widgets on the bottom of the screen.  The widgets themselves work in exactly the same way however it just looks cleaner.

vrops 7.0 custom dashboard

Interactions between widgets has changed as well with a new ‘Show Interactions” link at the top of each dashboard.  This allows you to form links by dragging and dropping arrows between the source and destination widget(s).

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Overall, it’s simply just better!