VMWare Automation with JAMS

JAMS leverages VMware and assists in making VMware implementations more efficient.

With support for VMware PowerCLI, JAMS increases the operational efficiency of VMware by enabling the automation of a virtualized environment. In a virtualized environment, host servers can support anywhere from dozens to thousands of virtual machines. An enterprise job scheduler that can access all applications and systems, while supporting the management and reliable operation of virtualized environments, is essential to successfully executing business processes.

Here are some highlights of what can be accomplished by leveraging PowerCLI and the various VMware SDKs in JAMS.

  • Jobs and processes that manage the operation of the virtual environment can be managed more easily by using a combination of PowerShell, JAMS and VMware PowerCLI. This powerful combination gives IT a comprehensive toolset to monitor the health of the environment and dynamically change the environment in response to business requirements.
  • VMware actions can be scheduled directly from JAMS. Users can schedule power, snapshot and configuration actions within the vSphere Hypervisor as business conditions and workloads change.
  • JAMS can trigger actions based on power and performance metrics from VMware. Users can trigger both VMware and application jobs based upon information on the power state and performance metrics.
  • JAMS integrates with VMware vCenter for workload automation. This integration enables JAMS to perform key virtual center tasks such as VM cloning, cold migration, hot migration, and storage migration. Users can automate and orchestrate server tasks that allow them to allocate VM host resources based on business process context and need. Resources can be directly applied to critical business process job schedules.
  • If servers are being taxed to the point where applications slow down, JAMS jobs will run which will shut down a virtual machine on one physical server and start up the same virtual machine on a second server. As a result, organizations can automatically shift computing resource allocations by moving virtual machines in response to the ever-changing workload.
  • JAMS also submits notification jobs, advising you to take actions based upon real job backlogs or anticipated issues based upon the time of day.
  • VMware users can also rely on JAMS to assist with production changes during off-hours since most organizations are opposed to making production environment changes during normal working hours. Using JAMS, virtual machine moves are easily scheduled and changed during off hours with the peace of mind that alerts will trigger if any problems arise.
  • As more and more virtual servers are added, JAMS can automatically add these new servers to existing queues in JAMS. As a result, the IT infrastructure operates at peak levels as JAMS continues to distribute the workload amongst your VMware servers.

VMware Support Statement

MVP Systems Software, Inc. confirms that we will support customers running JAMS on supported Operating Systems in a VMware virtual machine environment. MVP Systems Software, Inc. will provide unqualified support for JAMS running in a VMware virtual environment in an identical manner as with JAMS running on any other major x86 based systems without initially requiring reproduction of issues on native hardware. Should MVP Systems Software, Inc. suspect that the virtualization layer is the root cause of an incident; the customer will be required to contact the appropriate VMware support provider in order to resolve the VMware issue. While MVP Systems Software, Inc. products are expected to function properly in a VMware environment, there may be performance implications which can invalidate MVP’s typical sizing and requirements.

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