Tuesday, February 9, 2016

vRealize Operations Manager Management Pack Compatibility Guide

With vRealize Operations slowly becoming the backbone of your software defined datacenter, it is crucial to keep an eye on the latest releases of vROps from VMware. Last week, VMware release d vRealize Operations 6.2 with some great new features. I will not run through the new enhancements as this has already been covered in this post by Product Marketing of VMware.

While it is important to upgrade vRealize Operations, it is also important to keep in mind that if you are using vROps beyond your vSphere environment through various management packs, you need to keep in mind that all the management packs you are using are compatible with the latest release of vROps as well. Remember, management packs are a joint effort between VMware and other vendors and hence it is important that they are checked for compatibility for new releases to ensure that your monitoring solution does not break.

The popular Hardware Compatibility Guide which was used mostly for compatibility for hardware has been updated with vRealize Operations Manager and now can be used to search for compatible management packs which is a great addition to the Compatibility Guide.

You can see from the screenshot below where it shows you options of selecting vROps versions and the management pack partners.

I would also like to call out Blue Medora here who in no time become one of the most innovative developers of vROps Management Packs. The list of management packs they produce is astronomical, especially around the areas of application monitoring. Business Critical Applications such as SAP, Oracle & SQL can now be easily monitored at the application layer using these management packs. Check out the entire list of management pack on their website.

So go ahead, get the shiny new version of vRealize Operations,however make sure that you are all set from a compatibility standpoint.

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