How $200 of monitoring tools created $50,000 of value

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If you aren’t on the front lines of infrastructure monitoring and automation, it might be difficult to appreciate what great monitoring and automation tools can do to innovate for your organization. But even when equipped with the best tools, big organizations move slowly and require a lot of stakeholder input prior to taking action.. so even the biggest wins can happen in slow motion…which isn’t very satisfying. We like [Read More…]

Monitoring Custom Groups On Custom Dashboards

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So you’ve created your Custom Group Types & Custom Groups…now you can monitor them on your Custom Dashboard. Note: This is a continuation from this post here which explains how to create Custom Group Types and Custom Groups. 2nd Note: We won’t cover all the steps of building custom dashboards, just the necessary ones in regards to leveraging Custom Groups. First, you’ll need to click Edit Dashboard. At the [Read More…]

Creating Custom Group Types and Custom Groups

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Quickly organize your vms, hosts, clusters, and other objects manually or by filter criteria. As pictured above, it’s helpful to create CUSTOM GROUPS of resources so that you can segment and monitor them as a whole or as parts. It’s also beneficial to organize these CUSTOM GROUPS into folders (GROUP TYPES) to keep your ever-growing lists of lists organized. We’ll discuss how to accomplish both of these workflows below. [Read More…]

ARIA Operations – Bulk API Commands

While ARIA Operations is a robust & complex infra monitoring application, not every tool or functionality you’d need can be found. But via the ARIA Operations API, you can close that gap. Pictured below is the built-in Swagger interface which can be found by appending “/suite-api” to your Aria Operations URL example: My colleague Brock Peterson has a great blog on authentication and understanding the hundreds of objects [Read More…]

Part 2. What Software Development Can Learn From The Restaurant Business

Before jumping into the particulars on how ARIA Pipeline, Assembler, and Config tackle automation, let’s recap what is meant by “automation.” Automation in the DevOps lifecycle exists in 3 stages: Dev stage, DevOps stage, and the Ops stage. For the Dev stage, we’re attempting to perform Continuous Integration Continuous Deployment (CICD) wherein code can be imported by a software developer, merged into an existing code base, unit tested for [Read More…]

What Software Development Can Learn From The Restaurant Business

The software development process is complex with many non-developer stakeholders who need to understand the process, measure the progress, and anticipate timeline delays. The standard DevOps framework (below) imagines this process as a continuous integration lifecycle that organizes a handful of key stages. I’ve numbered the stages and overlayed some VMware products into each stage to make the concepts more concrete in nature. Here’s the same DevOps lifecycle with [Read More…]