Determine how to have VMware Aria Operations monitor your objects, and how to notify you about problems that occur with those objects.

VMware Aria Operations Administrators assign policies to objects or object groups and applications to support Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and business priorities. When you use policies with objects or object groups, you ensure that the rules defined in the policies are quickly put into effect for the objects in your environment.

With policies, you can:

  • Activate and deactivate alerts.
  • Control data collections by persisting or not persisting metrics on the objects in your environment.
  • Configure the product analytics and thresholds.
  • Monitor objects and applications at different service levels.
  • Prioritize policies so that the most important rules override the defaults.
  • Understand the rules that affect the analytics.
  • Understand which policies apply to objects or object groups.

VMware Aria Operations includes a library of built-in active policies that are already defined for your use. VMware Aria Operations applies these policies in priority order.

When you apply a policy to an object or an object group, VMware Aria Operations collects data from the objects based on the thresholds, metrics, super metrics, attributes, properties, alert definitions, and problem definitions that are activated in the policy.

The following examples of policies might exist for a typical IT environment.
  • Maintenance: Optimized for ongoing monitoring, with no thresholds or alerts.
  • Critical Production: Production environment ready, optimized for performance with sensitive alerting.
  • Important Production: Production environment ready, optimized for performance with medium alerting.
  • Batch Workloads: Optimized to process jobs.
  • Test, Staging, and QA: Less critical settings, fewer alerts.
  • Development: Less critical settings, no alerts.
  • Low Priority: Ensures efficient use of resources.
  • Default Policy: Default system settings.