How to optimize your virtualized environment and mitigate risks

In order to keep everything running smoothly, a VMware admin typically sits in multiple chairs. Already busy with so many other tasks, finding time to review vSphere best practices for security and performance across a medium- to large-cluster infrastructure sounds like a dream. The tough truth remains, though, that vSphere and vSAN infrastructures are constantly developing and changing. Without full-time care (or its tooled equivalent) the chance and risk of outages, performance gaps and security incidents can increase very quickly.

Runecast Analyzer helps administrators mitigate risks in two major ways:

  • It scans your environment and detects potential issues known to impact its services, data or security. From there it automatically prioritizes and categorizes each problem into a “virtualized stack” overview, making it easy for admins to focus on the most critical cases first.
  • It detects best practice violations and shows what needs to be implemented or fixed to keep your virtualized “stack” in the best condition and minimize the risk of downtime or security breaches.

    VMware virtual “stack” and risk management

The types of VMware best practices for vCenter, ESXi, vSAN clusters or virtual machines are just like those for a traditional datacenter infrastructure:

  • Performance for compute, storage and networking VMware best practices
  • Management & monitoring
  • Availability
  • Security
  • Performance
  • Data protection

All of these aspects are covered in VMware Best Practices, which all come from people (vExperts, VMware users, VMware engineers) who have learned through trial and error. From people who already made a mistake and reported it to VMware or shared it with the VMUG community to help others avoid falling into similar situations.

VMware best practices analyzer for ESXi, vCenters and vSAN

How to learn vSphere best practices? Trial and error on your production infrastructure, but not if you like your job :) Reading hundreds of pages of complex best practices documentation from VMware is another option. You could also take some expensive 3rd-party vendor courses.

Thankfully, there’s a much more effective and resource-friendly alternative: Use Runecast Analyzer to scan your data centers, detect best practice conflicts and provide a list of clear patching steps to resolve them.
What’s more, Runecast Analyzer is always updated with the latest best practices for the most current versions of vSphere and vSAN. This removes problems with obsolete configurations and guarantees continuous protection with minimal manual effort.

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