VMware Adapter

Pre-built platform VMware Adapter from Tidal

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Adapter Overview

Tidal Workload Automation Adapter for VMware makes it possible to perform a wide array of management tasks on hypervisors using the VMware vCenter server. You can power virtual machines on and off and suspend and resume their use, manage snapshots, adjust resources, and perform VMware vMotion activities. All these activities can take place as individual jobs or grouped workloads according to business process demand. This unique capability makes it possible for the state of a virtual environment to be balanced and optimized, helping guarantee performance and resource availability for essential business prices steps.

Tidal Workload Automation Adapter for VMware enables companies that use Tidal Workload Automation to execute a set of VMware processes via a single point of control. The adapter allows users to connect VMware operations to the enterprise schedule, define them as part of a business process, and monitor VMware operations, as well as to define and leverage VMware events. Working in concert, this enterprise adapter for VMware and Tidal Workload Automation schedule and run business processes and manage their required virtual resources, and incorporating them into the enterprise computing environment.

When virtualization is part of data center topology, this adapter for VMware is used in conjunction with Tidal Workload Automation to build intelligent automation around managing virtual machine (VM) resources and their associated operations, and to align the IT infrastructure with business process requirements. In this way Tidal Workload Automation and Tidal Workload Automation Adapter for VMware can help reduce infrastructure and software costs by optimizing virtual resources and increasing administrative efficiency.

The Challenges of Workload Automation in a Virtualized World

Businesses are progressively deploying service-oriented architecture (SOA)-based applications and virtualized environments. Administering these decoupled resources presents tremendous challenges in tracking and delivering optimum SLA performance for workload management, because in these fluid, dynamic models computing resources vary in state and physical location. Complexity is increased by the existence of multiple virtualization vendor tools that are not unified via single pane of glass. Ultimately, these two factors significantly impact an enterprise’s ability to gain the most efficiency from their virtualized workload processing environments.

A simple way to gain visibility into and control over business processes in these new environments is to link the execution of business processes and data center operations tasks. In this way, users can have increased confidence that business processes will be available, run smoothly and reliably. Optimizing the configuration state of VMs in the context of a scheduled workload can result in higher data center resources efficiencies and ultimately, lower VM management costs. This adapter for VMware, combined with Tidal Workload Automation, addresses these challenges.

Bringing Virtual Machine Orchestration into the Workload Automation Environment

In a virtualized environment, host servers often support anywhere from dozens to hundreds of VMs. Coordinating the availability of hosts through power management, preserving and restoring machine states through snapshots, and configuring servers for specific tasks can be challenging. As a result, managing workloads in virtualized environments create significant issues for a scheduling solution. Using Tidal Workload Automation can access all applications and systems and supports the reliable functioning of the virtualized environment itself becomes more critical than ever to the successful execution of business processes.

Tidal Workload Automation Adapter for VMware connects to both ESX Server and VMware virtual infrastructure web services. In so doing, it manages VM, and hosts operations, and it brings them into the framework of the enterprise workload processing environment. VMware operations are managed through the Tidal Workload Automation browser-based interface through which all workloads are managed.

Use of the adapter extends the reach of Tidal Workload Automation by simplifying workload management in virtualized environments. In addition, the adapter supports events that can be used to automate a response to changes in power states and/or host and guest performance conditions.

Table 1 below lists the VMware operations that the adapter can manipulate and add to complex automated workload that include ERP, business intelligence, data integration, data exchange and database jobs.

Power Tasks

Snapshot Tasks

Configuration Tasks

Host Tasks

For example, consider that a automated workload requires a dedicated machine with a unique configuration of CPU, memory, and applications only four times a year to produce quarterly tax reports. If this machine is virtualized the necessary cores can remain powered off until the job schedule demands it. Knowing when to power a VM on or off or when to take a snapshot for checkpoint backups is the job of a scheduler. Automating this task within the context of the larger business workload environment is an important capability provided by this solution.

Features and Benefits

Tidal Workload Automation Adapter for VMware provides easy-to-use graphical views that allow administrators to bring the scheduling of VM operations into the Tidal Workload Automation framework through a straightforward process. With the adapter, users have a unified view of an entire schedule, regardless of environment.

VMware customers will find that this adapter is specifically designed to meet their service delivery needs. Specific features that automate VMware operations include the following:

Ability to Schedule ESX Actions within Tidal Workload Automation – Users can automate the scheduling of power on/off, snapshot, and configuration actions within the ESX hypervisor. This eliminates the need to manually perform ESX actions as business conditions and workloads change. This automation significantly reduces processing errors and “swivel-chair” management.

Trigger Actions Based upon Power and Performance Data from ESX – Both ESX processes and business application jobs can be triggered by power state and performance data; operations such as keeping a rogue VM offline; running an application workload when resources are available; or running an ERP job when a VM is turned on. This allows resources such as servers, applications, operating systems (OS), databases, and VMs to be managed for maximum efficiency.

Integration with vCenter for Workload Automation – Connection to vCenter enables Workload Automation to manage key tasks such as VM cloning, and cold, hot, and storage migration. With vCenter/Workload Automation integration, users can automate and orchestrate cross-ESX server tasks that make it possible to better manage resources based on workload context and need. This capability increases workload efficiency, because resource availability can be automated and directly applied to critical job schedules. Manual operations and outages can be minimized by allowing the scheduler to control which VMs are at which resource state for a particular job run.

Application of Core Workload Automation Features for VMware – VMware users can leverage all the features of Tidal Workload Automation to define and manage VM processes, create dependencies, and collect output. In this way, VMware operations become part of enterprise-wide business processes, and virtualized environments can be more easily managed through the deep integration capabilities of Tidal Workload Automation. IT gains greater control of all workloads run in the virtualized environment and the state of the virtual environment itself.

Users and Security – Tidal Workload Automation for VMWare incorporates and extends the VMware security model for consistency and ease of use.

Defining VMware Configurations as Part of a Business Workload – Ultimately, data center automation and efficiency initiatives must define VMware operations as part of the workload infrastructure. Tidal Workload Automation and for this adapter for VMware enable business workloads managed in virtualized environments to be easily integrated into the enterprise.

Enterprise Coverage – Tidal Workload Automation provides the integration platform for all enterprise job scheduling needs, and this adapter for VMware offers ongoing support for changing IT environments. This solution elimin ates multiple tools, manual intervention, protracted resolution times, and many other costly operations issues. It also provides a single interface for managing jobs and dependencies across the enterprise. Through the adapter, users can manage VMware’s capabilities, as well as the enterprise-class functionality provided by Workload Automation. Adapter for VMware enables organizations to integrate business workload execution and virtualization process management in VMware environments.

Ultimately, not only does workload automation increase operational efficiency by simplifying job scheduling, but it can also increase VM efficiency, because users can: