Have you ever wondered how to quantify the benefits of virtualization to your management? If so, please consider using vBenchmark. vBenchmark measures the performance of a VMware virtualized infrastructure across three categories:
- Efficiency: for example, how much physical RAM are you saving by using virtualization?
- Operational Agility: for example, how much time do you take on average to provision a VM?
- Quality of Service: for example, how much downtime do you avoid by using availability features?
vBenchmark provides a succinct set of metrics in these categories for your VMware virtualized private cloud. Additionally, if you choose to contribute your metrics to the community repository, vBenchmark also allows you to compare your metrics against those of comparable companies in your peer group. The data you submit is anonymized and encrypted for secure transmission.
- Retrieves metrics across one or multiple vCenter servers
- Allows inclusion or exclusion of hosts at the cluster level
- Allows you to save queries and compare over time to measure changes as your environment evolves
- Allows you to define your peer group by geographic region, industry and company size, to see how you stack up
Looks promising, lets take it to the test…
You can download the virtual appliance from the VMware Labs website; http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vbenchmark. The next step is to import the ovf in you vSphere cluster (or run it using VMware Player or Workstation). If you don’t know how to do this in vSphere, read Deploy OVF in the vSphere documentation. I’ll download the .vmx version so I can test it in VMware Player.
After the deployment and when the VA is powered on you can access the management interface on its IP (default configured to use DHCP) in a web browser on port 8080. You can find the IP-address on the console windows of the Appliance.
The main configuration site is displayed.
Add your vCenter server by inserting the vCenter server name, username and password, then click ‘Add’. After the vCenter server is added you can click ‘Initiate Query & Proceed to Dashboard’.
The appliance will know query the vCenter server(s). When its ready it will display the Dashboard.
If you have more than 1 cluster vBenchmark will give you the opportunity to exclude some of them (i.e. test clusters of VDI clusters);
Now you can review the results on the dashboard.
You can also compare your data with peers from the same industry. If you want to do this take a look at the ‘Share’-tab.