Well, before we can deploy it, we kinda need to know what it is, right? VMTurbo is a company that provides a suite of products aimed at the management, optimization, and automation of your virtual environment. Basically, they’ve got a set of tools in a vApp, designed to make your life easier.
Deploying the VMTurbo Engine
At the core of the VMTurbo Suite is the VMTurbo Engine. That is, there is only a single bit to download. Additional features are enabled or disabled based on licensing. Let’s get started.
Pop on over to http://www.vmturbo.com/products/ and pick one (any one will do, the one you pick determines the license you get). Fill out the form, and well, download & unzip the OVF:
vmturbo-2010-Nov user$ ls
vmturbo-2010-Nov user$ unzip vmturbo-2010-Nov.zip
With that done, let’s get deploying.
Deploy the OVF
Go ahead and boot it up and we’ll go to the next step:
Set the IP
Now that we’re done there, let’s get some data collection going.
Apply the License
Paste in your license file, hit save, and we’re ready to move on.
All and all, I think VMTurbo looks excellent and was quite easy to setup. They’re currently offering the monitoring section for free, and it’s well worth looking at if you are charged with monitoring or administering your VMware environment in any way shape or form.
They do have some areas to improve on, and it will be interesting to watch them grow.
Prior to writing this post, I’ve both met and had a working breakfast with the good folks at VMTurbo. I’ve watched their product develop, etc. This post, as well as a few others like it, are written after having received an extended NFR license for their suite of products.