The vRealize Operations Management Pack for Kubernetes provides information for automating deployment and scaling operations of application containers across clusters of hosts providing container-centric infrastructure. The current version of the management pack supports monitoring Kubernetes clusters and containers deployed using the same.

With Kubernetes becoming the platform of choice to run applications in enterprises, it is essential that an organization has the required tools for the IT teams to operationalize the Kubernetes platform. Whether Kubernetes is hosted on top of VMware’s Software Defined data center or in a native public cloud such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, the central IT teams need full visibility into this new world to assure the performance and availability of business applications. These business applications can continue to use both virtual machines and containers for the foreseeable future. While vRealize Operations provides turnkey integrations into your cloud environments. The Kubernetes integration, ensures that you have full line of sight from your applications to infrastructure to empower IT teams and help them effectively support application owners and line of businesses as they adopt this new platform .

VMware vRealize Operations delivers self-driving IT operations management for private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments in a unified, AI-powered platform. vRealize Operationscan monitor multiple Kubernetes solutions, whether it is VMware TKG, RedHat OpenShift, or Kubernetes on Amazon Web Services EC2, Azure, or Google Virtual Machines.

Using vRealize Operations Management Pack for Kubernetes, you can monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize the capacity management for Kubernetes clusters. Some of the additional capabilities of this management pack are listed here.

  • Autodiscovery is supported for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated and VMware Tanzu Mission Control (TMC) clusters provisioned on Amazon Web Services and vSphere.

  • Complete visualization of Kubernetes cluster topology, including namespaces, clusters, replica sets, nodes, pods, and containers.

  • Performance monitoring for Kubernetes clusters.

  • Out-of-the-box dashboards for Kubernetes constructs, which include inventory and configuration.

  • Multiple alerts to monitor the Kubernetes clusters.

  • Mapping Kubernetes nodes with virtual machine objects.

  • Report generation for capacity, configuration, and inventory metrics for clusters or pods.

About Kubernetes

Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration platform that enables the operation of an elastic web server framework for cloud applications. Kubernetes can support data center outsourcing to public cloud service providers or can be used for web hosting at scale.

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, or TKG, is a Kubernetes-based container solution that consists of advanced networking capabilities, a private container registry, and life-cycle management. TKG simplifies the deployment and operation of Kubernetes clusters, so you can run and manage containers at scale on private and public clouds.

This document outlines all the Kubernetes offerings within the VMware Tanzu family that can be discovered and monitored by central IT teams. It also includes instructions on how IT teams can use this integration for supported versions of Kubernetes clusters deployed using third party provisioning systems such as RedHat OpenShift, and others.

Intended Audience

This information is intended for anyone who wants to install, and use vRealize Operations Management Pack for Kubernetes for monitoring their Kubernetes Clusters and containers deployed through Kubernetes.