The Business Challenge
The IT team at Arbetsförmedlingen maintains a complex infrastructure of production, development and test servers; therefore, data center optimization through server virtualization is a primary goal. As the team virtualizes hundreds of the organization’s physical servers, the number of virtual machines (VMs) continues to grow (clients as well as servers). It has already surpassed1,000 and will continue to grow approximately 25% in the next two to three years.
“This is an expanding and demanding virtual environment that requires round-the-clock monitoring, just like the physical server environment,” said Patrik Ruthberg, who is responsible for the Capacity/Virtualization Unit at Arbetsförmedlingen. “We use Microsoft System Center Operations Manager to monitor the physical environment/services, but at one time, we manually monitored the virtual environment. When we found ourselves spending 8 to16 hours each week in monitoring mode, we began looking for a more efficient way to gain a complete view of the whole infrastructure. We were lacking proactive input on the virtual environment and also needed an automated tool to alert us to when there were problems.”
The Veeam Solution
The IT team at Arbetsförmedlingen chose the Veeam Management Pack™ (MP) for VMware because it provides continuous, scalable VMware monitoring and management directly in Microsoft System Center.
The nworks MP leverages and protects the investment that Arbetsförmedlingen already made in System Center by bringing VMware into the fold. Members of the IT team no longer have to manage VMware as a separate entity. Microsoft System Center Operations Manager serves as their single management interface.
“With the nworks MP, we can manage the virtual and physical environments from the Operations Manager console and get a complete view of our entire IT infrastructure,” Ruthberg said. “Not only does Veeam save us 8 to16 hours each week, it also lets us see a problem and fix it quickly before it impacts any of our 10,000 employees.”
The nworks MP integrates fully with both VMware vSphere and Microsoft System Center. It enables all System Center functionality (alerts, diagrams, dashboards, reporting, auditing, notifications, responses and automation) for all VMware components, including vCenter Servers, clusters, hosts, VMs, storage and hardware. The nworks MP also includes a detailed health model with hundreds of metrics and events, including advanced metrics such as memory pressure and disk IOPS that are unique to nworks, as well as a comprehensive knowledge base that serves as the IT team’s VMware “expert in a box.”
Extends Microsoft System Center to VMware for proactive problem resolution
The nworks MP fully integrates with Microsoft System Center, providing a unified view of Arbetsförmedlingen’s physical servers, virtual servers and applications. This enables the IT team to use System Center Operations Manager as its single management interface. The nworks MP also enables the IT team to identify the source of a problem and resolve it quickly before employees are affected.
Protects the investment in Microsoft System Center
The nworks MP leverages and protects the investment that Arbetsförmedlingen already made in System Center by bringing VMware into the fold. It also preserves the integrity of the unified Operations Manager console and the IT policies and practices the IT team has built around System Center.
Automated VMware monitoring saves time and effort
The nworks MP provides continuous monitoring of the largest, most demanding virtual environments like the one at Arbetsförmedlingen. Before IT team members implemented the nworks MP, they spent eight tov16 hours each week in monitoring mode. Now that the nworks MP is in place, they spend that time developing other parts of the IT infrastructure for modernization.