What is a Virtual Machine or VM ?
A virtual machine (VM) is a software implementation of a computing environment in which an operating system (OS) or program can be installed and run. The virtual machine emulates a physical computing environment, but resource demands are managed by a virtualization layer which translates requests to the underlying hardware.
What is the Problem?
The process of setting up, deploying, and decommissioning VMs has become highly complex with the dramatic increase in the number of VMs and hypervisors. Manual management of VM rollout and decommissioning is an uphill struggle.
In today’s application-centric world, the time to go live is very critical and infra availability is often seen as a bottleneck to achieve critical mass. Developers, QA Engineers, SMEs are forced to wait for a long time after requesting a VM from the server team. The delay is usually caused by the clutter of multiple processes that involves getting approvals, requesting a CR to deploy the VM, getting the application team to deploy the OS and harden the system. Only after this stage will the dev and QA team get to work on them. The VM thereafter is forgotten and just sits out there idle with no usage. This leads to inefficient use of resources on the Private / Public Cloud Infra.
As virtual machines consume resources, accumulate costs, they must be decommissioned in a controlled manner whenever they reach the end of their utility. To save resources and facilitate the deployment and decommissioning process for VMS, we need an automated solution.
What is VM Lifecycle Management?
Virtual Machine Lifecycle Management is a set of processes designed to help administrators oversee the implementation, delivery, operation, and decommissioning of virtual machines.
How Does AppViewX Help?
AppViewX enables automation of virtual machine lifecycle management by offering a solution to deploy virtual machines in a simple, self-serviceable, configurable way across different hypervisors with a defined validity period, business team logics (Ownership, Asset Linkage).
The VMs are deployed with the following considerations (which are changeable):
- The virtual machine is deployed with selected configurations like the processor count, memory, operating system of the virtual machine, and Business Unit with its validity period (Ex: 1 month, 2 months, 6months).
- A week prior to the VM Expiration Date, an email is sent to the Requestor / VM Owner informing them about the approaching VM expiry..
- The VM owner is also provided with an option to extend their VM’s validity period. The owner can extend their VM Validity until it expires.
- Whenever the VM reaches its expiry date, the VM is shut down and conveyed as decommissioned. A week later, it will actually be decommissioned.
AppViewX combines the required business intelligence with the technical aspect of the solution and presents a Self-Serviceable system for requesters to get the resources without waiting eons.
AppViewX enables the requestors to submit a request with the details of the VM specifications, the department the VM belongs to, and with a defined time duration.
Once the time duration is over, AppViewX proceeds to decommission the resources to free up the specifications for other usage. Hence the utilization is always done in a cyclic manner with no wastage of resources.
AppViewX enables multiple reports to be spun up based on the data stored such as the Number of VMs a Requestor owns, Number of VMs allocated to each business unit, and more.
AppViewX provides a complete solution that helps automate the process of requesting, deploying, and decommissioning VMs based on preset conditions. In addition, it provides visibility into VM utilization based on Business Units, which greatly helps in costing and capacity planning activities.