Resource Optimization

Rapid growth of VMware environments can result in unexpected budget over runs and shortages in run out of key IT resources,including CPU and storage. Finding and eliminating wasted and unused resources in two key areas can save thousands of dollars and make budgeting and planning more predictable: idle VMs and snapshot waste.

Identifying idle or unused VM resources is time-consuming and error prone. You need to run and analyze reports of CPU and network utilization and manually compare results to sort out and identify VMs that are presumed idle. This process does not factor in the interactions between VMs or other infrastructure resources that may indicate that they are actually important components of production workloads.

Identifying snapshot waste is similarly difficult. Snapshots provide a change log for a virtual disk and are a convenient way to restore a VM to a particular point in time when a failure or system error occurs. Backup tools often use and create snapshots for their own purposes in a way that may generates a long chain of snapshots with numerous siblings that can quickly drain CPU, slow performance, and needlessly waste storage.

Rapid growth of VMware environments can result in unexpected budget over runs and shortages in key IT resources, including CPU and storage. Finding and eliminating wasted and unused resources in two key areas can save thousands of dollars and make budgeting and planning more predictable: idle VMs and snapshot waste.

Identifying idle or unused VM resources is time-consuming and error prone. You need to run and analyze reports of CPU and network utilization and manually compare results to sort out and identify VMs that are presumed idle. This process does not factor in the interactions between VMs or other infrastructure resources that may indicate that they are actually important components of production workloads.

Identifying snapshot waste is similarly difficult. Snapshots provide a change log for a virtual disk and are a convenient way to restore a VM to a particular point in time when a failure or system error occurs. Backup tools often use and create snapshots for their own purposes in a way that may generates a long chain of snapshots with numerous siblings that can quickly drain CPU, slow performance, and needlessly waste storage.

SIOS iQ Idle VM Analyzer easily identifies under-used virtual machines and shows the potential cost savings that may result from deleting them. SIOS iQ also identifies unnecessary and unused snapshots easily. The Snapshot overview provides a wide range of information: VM name, size, data store connected to it, data- store utilization percentage, age of snapshot, number of siblings under the same VM, date connected and the potential monthly savings for deleting snapshots.

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