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vSphere monitoring made easy

vSphere is VMware’s cloud computing virtualization platform. Effective monitoring helps keep the infrastructure powering your applications highly available and performant. vSphere monitoring helps increase the availability of your servers, services, and applications; enables early detection of server and OS failures; and reduces deployment times and administrative overhead.

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Some of the most important metrics in your vSphere monitoring plan include:

  • Uptime
  • CPU
  • RAM
  • Network Usage
  • Total Disk Latency (Write and Read)
  • Storage Adapter Latency

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Two approaches to vSphere Monitoring

InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana

vSphere monitoring can provide insight into the health of your applications and help you optimize resources across your virtual machines. vSphere collects metrics every 20 seconds from ESXi and stores this information in vCenter RAM. Unfortunately, this data is only stored in vCenter for one hour. To keep this data available for analysis, use the VSphere Telegraf Plugin to collect and store this data long-term in InfluxDB.

Telegraf Plugin

How VMware vCenter saves information and metrics

How VMware vCenter saves information and metrics

vSphere monitoring with an InfluxDB Template

The vSphere InfluxDB Template packages up everything needed to deploy this monitoring solution. It includes Telegraf configurations and InfluxDB dashboards, tasks, alerts, and related artifacts into a single YAML text file. The file can be imported into InfluxDB with a single command. Once you’ve installed the template, you can easily customize the dashboards to suit your needs.

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vSphere Monitoring Dashboard

vSphere Monitoring Template
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