VMware Monitoring: Why PRTG offers more
than the integrated VMware tool
your virtual environment
your physical servers
your server hardware
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Why virtual environment monitoring is a must
The great advantage of virtualization is that it allows you to dynamically allocate resources such as memory, hard disk space, and processing power to individual applications and programs. A monitoring tool is vital for ensuring this allocation is done in an efficient and optimal manner. With a monitoring tool, you’ll immediately see if resources are being used or distributed properly or if it makes more sense to upgrade the network.
Since hardware is shared by several applications and operating systems at the same time, one malfunction can have a drastic impact on your entire business. Monitoring is therefore of the utmost importance.
VMware vRealize Operations monitoring software at a glance
VMware vRealize Operations (formerly vSphere Operations Manager) compiles server load data and facilitates capacity planning. It provides for detailed information on the performance of your vSphere environment and helps you to effectively allocate resources to virtual machines and optimize loads.
Unlike PRTG, VMware vRealize Operations cannot monitor components such as server hardware and your network. PRTG is therefore the perfect complement to VMware monitoring software. Another advantage: PRTG licenses are not just limited to VMware monitoring. They enable you to monitor all the other elements and services in your network, such as the bandwidth usage of your applications, the availability and performance of your websites, and the available disk space of your network drives.
PRTG offers comprehensive monitoring on many different levels
Although detailed and comprehensive, vRealize Operations monitoring is limited to the “internal view” of the virtual environment. With PRTG Network Monitor, you can monitor your VMware environment on many different levels – from hardware to the services on your virtual machines.
- Monitoring physical servers
- Monitoring server hardware with the ESXi hypervisor
- Virtual machines as seen by the hypervisor (VM from outside)
- Guest operating system (VM from inside)
1. Monitoring physical servers
Every VMware virtual environment runs on a physical server. PRTG provides for a convenient overview of hardware parameters such as temperature, power supply, and the status of fans. PRTG Network Monitor comes with built-in sensors for HPE ProLiant, Dell, Fujitsu, and IBM X-Series servers.
2. Monitoring server hardware with the ESXi hypervisor
The next level is the hardware of the ESXi host. PRTG provides additional information on the hardware behind your virtual environment.
The VMware Host Hardware Status (SOAP) Sensor monitors the hardware status of a VMware host server. It displays the total number of elements in the normal, warning, and alert statuses reported by the VSphere Client. This overview of the status of your host lets you know if everything is working properly.
The VMware Host Hardware (WBEM) Sensor is perfect for obtaining more detailed information on the hardware behind your virtual components. By using the management IP address of your ESXi server as a parent device, you’ll receive data on the hardware’s temperature, power supply, and fans (RPM).
3. Virtual machines as seen by the hypervisor (VM from outside)
Along with the hardware, PRTG can of course be used to monitor the virtual machines themselves. When monitoring from outside, you’ll get all the data on the virtual machines that is collected by your hypervisor. The VMware Virtual Machine (SOAP) sensor displays data on CPU usage, memory, datastores, and the network load.
4. Guest operating system (VM from inside)
You can use standard PRTG Windows and Linux sensors to monitor the guest operating system installed on your virtual machine. You’ll get data on active processes and services, datastore loads, and more.
The VMware Datastore (SOAP) sensor keeps an eye on the availability and utilization of your data memory. This sensor is especially important if you’ve limited the capacity of each virtual machine or the sum of all VM datastores surpasses the total data storage capacity. You can choose to be automatically notified in the event that one of your predefined capacity threshold values is exceeded. This will help you prevent data corruption and the freezing of your system.
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VMware vRealize Operations and PRTG are a perfect match
If you have lots of virtual machines in your IT environment, we recommend using VMware vRealize Operations in conjunction with PRTG. PRTG provides you with a convenient overview of both your server hardware and your virtual environment. One look at the PRTG dashboard is all it takes to be sure your virtual environment is running error-free.
If you are unable to fix errors by conventional means, you can use VMware vRealize Operations for a more detailed look at your virtual systems.
Over 95% of our customers recommend PRTG
Paessler AG worldwide trialled PRTG in over 600 IT departments.
The aim was to tune the network monitoring software closer to the needs of the administrators.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG - or already had.
PRTG simplifies your day
Our monitoring software works for you and promptly notifies you of potential issues.
It frees you to concentrate on your day-to-day tasks with peace of mind.
PRTG saves time
With PRTG, you get one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.
PRTG saves worry
Customizing PRTG is a breeze. Getting started or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the PRTG auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.
PAESSLER AG –
- Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days
- After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version
- Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime
Most administrators want to test a tool for free before deciding to make an investment.
The many advantages of PRTG:
1. Free trial version: Take the time to explore PRTG so you can determine if it satisfies your needs and meets your expectations. Once the trial is over, it’s easy to upgrade your already configured version of PRTG, which means you’re much less likely to make an incorrect purchase.
2. One tool, one overview: Administrators often use a variety of monitoring solutions for their network or for the individual components of their infrastructure. But using several different tools every time you want to create an overview costs time and energy. PRTG is an “all-in-one” solution. Our dashboard and app provide a comprehensive overview, whenever you want it.
3. Quick customer support: Got a question? Stuck on a problem and need a hand? PRTG is backed by a dedicated development and support team. We do our utmost to answer every customer inquiry within 24 hours (on business days). Browse all our support topics here.
Configure your PRTG today. The trial version is free of charge. Save time, worry, and money with our monitoring tool designed for your network and entire infrastructure.
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