By now a great deal of folks in the community have heard and know about vOpenData and what it is, who is behind this cool project and what it does. For those of you who don’t know what vOpenData is or what it does vOpenData is an open community project that came to life based on user requests for knowledge about virtualization environments and their most common configuration ranging from average VMDK size, number of virtual machine deployments, etc. VMware’s own and my boy! (You ma Boy Blue) William Lam is one of the minds behind this useful can cool project.
By leveraging the volunteered community data and apply simplified analytics vOpenData can provide answers to a great deal of questions that people may be interested in acquiring but yet it may be difficult to get.
vOpenData collects various types of data from virtualized infrastructures with an effort to prevent the collection unique data points that could compromise infrastructure private information such as hostsnames, IPs, UUID, etc.
The data collected is used to virtualization based statistics and data modeling for the community that can be useful in a great deal of scenarios such as average VMDK sizes, number of virtual machines, most utilized or deployed hardware, average hosts connected per vCenter servers, etc.
vOpenDate Infrastructure Dashboard
By now, the entire community has shown interest on the vOpenData project and all the blogs have been raving about it from the very first day they saw it. Because of that, I didn’t add my two cents and wrote something about. I figured the project had gained enough attention from the blogger community and just waited for thing I can mention that was particularly of interest to me.
New to vOpenData statistics is the collection of data with regards to storage arrays. Now vOpenData can produce statistics gathered from storage system, LUN sizing, arrays by vendor types and more. As storage is one of the last pain points to be simplified, the more knowledge you have of what is out there and what is being use and in what capacity can help in many ways.
vOpenData Storage Related Dashboard
I’m a big fan of this new storage statistic capability and of vOpenData over all. This will help me with some of my queries with regards to storage centric topics in conjunction with my current responsibilities at VMware. I would highly recommend to give vOpenData project a look if you haven’t done so yet and sign up if possible and contribute to the communities wealth of valuable information and statistics.
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