A Business Application is a first class citizen with tiers. Business Applications are groups of related objects in your environment that mimic an application in your business. You can create application to application relationships. Once you add a Business Application to vRealize Operations, you can use the Business Applications page to track the health of objects in the application. You can optimize capacity, cost, and run What-if Analysis on Business Applications.

How Business Applications Work

The tier is a convenient way to organize objects that perform a specific task in an application in your organization. For example, you can group all of your database servers together in a tier. Business Applications need not contain tier objects. Application or custom group objects can be connected to a Business Application without a tier object, and a tier object can contain no objects.

The objects in a tier are static. If the set of objects in a tier changes, you must manually edit the Business Application. However, if the Business Application is created by vRealize Operations, the changes in the actual application will be reflected in the Business Application object without manual edit.

Construct a Business Application to view a particular segment of your business. The Business Application shows how the performance of one object affects other objects in the same Application, and helps you to locate the source of a problem. For example, if you have an application that includes all the database, Web, and network servers that process sales data for your business, you see a yellow, orange, or red status if the application health is degrading. From the Business Applications page, you can investigate which server is causing or exhibiting the problem.

The Add Business Application Screen

When you click Add Business Application, vRealize Operations displays a blank canvas on the left pane, and options to select objects on the right pane. Drag and drop objects from the right pane to the tier objects on the left pane. You can also drag and drop objects directly to the Business Application. Click Save to create the Business Application.

The new Business Application canvas is what you use to build your Business Application.

Table 1. New Business Application Canvas
Option Description
Vertical icon Change the layout of the canvas from horizontal to vertical.
Undo icon Undo the last action.
Redo icon Redo the last action.
Fit View icon Fit the Business Application structure within the boundary of the canvas. Use this option after you zoom into the canvas.
Add Tier icon Add a new tier to the Business Application
Edit Tier icon Available when you click a tier. Click the edit icon in a tier to edit the name and description of the tier.
Edit Business Application Details icon Available when you click a Business Application. Click the edit icon in the Business Application to open the Business Applications Detail dialog box. Alternatively, click the DETAILS link next to the name of the Business Application.
Preview Available for custom group and application objects when you have added objects to a tier. Click the preview icon after you have added an Application to a tier to see how services and objects within the application are related. This interactive element is displayed on the right pane. You can view links, switch to spherical view or list view. If you have too many objects to can use the filter option to find objects.

The Select Members pane is where you select objects to add to the Business Application. Drag an object to add to a tier in the canvas. Applications and custom groups can be nested under a Business Application. Custom groups can be added to applications and vice versa.

To find an object, search by name. Each object listed includes identifier information to help distinguish between objects of similar names.

Table 2. Select Members Pane
Option Description
Search Search for objects to add to the Business Application.
Inventory Browse the inventory to select objects to add to the Business Application using drag and drop.
Custom Groups Browse custom groups to add to the Business Application using drag and drop. You can nest custom groups or add them to the Business Application directly. You can add custom groups to Applications.
Show Application Only Select this checkbox to see only application type objects. You can add the application type objects to the Business Application directly. You can add applications to custom groups

The Business Applications Details dialog box is where you add information to build out a model of your Business Application resources through applications and other infrastructure objects in your environment.

Table 3. Business Application Details
Option Description
Description Provide a description for your Business Application.
Application Tag Provide a tag for your Business Application.
Business Criticality This is your Business Application business criticality. Select between Medium, Critical and Low. Default is Medium.
Environment This is where your Business Application is deployed. Select from one of the following options:
  • DR
  • Development
  • Production
  • Staging
  • Test