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Integrating with BMC Capacity Optimization

When you integrate BMC Capacity Optimization into your cloud environment, you gain access to the following features:

  • Capacity-Aware Placement Advice (CAPA) that enables BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management to intelligently place workloads based on current CPU, memory, and disk utilization
  • Cloud Capacity Visibility (CCV) view that displays utilization and capacity of cloud resources
  • Chargeback view for defining and visualizing chargeback information, for example, cost models and target hierarchies, and automatically generating chargeback reports in different formats
  • Direct launch of BMC Capacity Optimization from the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management – Administration Console Dashboards workspace

This topic contains the following sections:

To configure BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management to use BMC Capacity Optimization features

To integrate BMC Capacity Optimization with BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management, the BCM Provider and other components required for integration are distributed OOTB along with the setup, and a separate field kit is not required. To enable the CAPA and BMC Capacity Optimization Cross Launch features, and to install the integration on Windows and Linux platforms, you are required to register the BMC Provider in Windows and Linux Platform Managers.

The following sections describe the steps for integrating the BMC Capacity Optimization features with BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management.

Before you integrate the features

 Step

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1

Install the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management integration in BMC Capacity Optimization.

To complete this procedure, you will need:

  • The BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management platform manager host name, port number, user name and password
  • The Enterprise CMDB host name, port number, user name and password
Integrating with BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management
2Verify the integration with BMC Cloud Lifecycle ManagementVerifying the integration
3

Configure the appropriate ETL tasks to import BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management data into BMC Capacity Optimization.

BMC Capacity Optimization needs this data to provide CAPA and CCV services to BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management. You can configure a BMC Capacity Optimization ETL task to import performance and resource utilization data from the following data sources:

 
 
  • Virtualization environments (VMware vCenter and Citrix XenServer)
Configuring an ETL task to import data for BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management services
 
  • Cloud services data
BMC - Cloud Lifecycle Management 3.0 Cloud Services extractor
 
  • Cloud infrastructure data
BMC - Cloud Lifecycle Management 3.0 - Cloud Infrastructure extractor
4 Run the ETL task in simulation modeConfiguring an ETL task to import data for BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management services (Scheduling the ETL task section)
5 Schedule the ETL task for future executionsConfiguring an ETL task to import data for BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management services (Scheduling the ETL task section)

Capacity-Aware Placement Advice 

This feature provides real-time recommendations for placement of new workloads on your cloud when provisioning it with BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management. These recommendations are based on available and forecasted capacity.

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1Register the BCM Provider to enable CAPA for BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management

Registering and installing CAPA on Windows

Registering and installing CAPA on Linux

2Verify the Capacity-Aware Placement Advice integrationVerifying and managing the Capacity-Aware Placement Advice integration
3Configure placement options and Affinity settings for Compute and Storage resourcesConfiguring placement options and Affinity settings for Compute and Storage resources
4Configure datastore overprovisioningViewing and configuring datastore overprovisioning

 The following video provides an overview of the benefits of integrating BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management with BMC Capacity Optimization, to take advantage of the CAPA feature.

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKVkfGUty8M

Cloud Capacity Visibility

This feature enables you to view and manage the capacity of cloud entities such as virtual clusters, network containers, pools, and pods in your cloud environment. Also provides an overview of available capacity, utilization, trends, and residual capacity in terms of CPU, virtual CPU, memory, and data storage space.

 Step

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1Install the Cloud Capacity Visibility viewInstalling and verifying the Cloud Capacity Visibility View
2Verify that the installation was successful and that the view is working properlyInstalling and verifying the Cloud Capacity Visibility View

Chargeback

This feature provides support for defining and visualizing chargeback information, for example, cost models and target hierarchies, and automatically generating chargeback reports in different formats.

 Step

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1Install and deploy the Chargeback view in BMC Capacity OptimizationTo install the Chargeback view
2Verify whether or not the Chargeback view was successfully installed and deployed in BMC Capacity OptimizationTo verify a successful install of the Chargeback view
3Review the scheduled Chargeback system tasksTo view Chargeback system tasks

To enable or disable launching BMC Capacity Optimization from BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management

  1. From the vertical Workspaces menu in the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management Administration Console, click Configuration.
  2. In the Configuration Options workspace, click the Console Preferences tab.
  3. In the Cloud Administrator Console Configuration section, set the BCO Console Launch preference:
    • Select Show to enable launching BMC Capacity Optimization from the Resources workspace.
    • Select Hide to disable launching BMC Capacity Optimization from the Resources workspace.

To launch BMC Capacity Optimization from BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management

  1. From the vertical Workspaces menu in the Administration Console, click Resources.
  2. In the Resources workspace, click and select a launch option.
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