I just received word that Tripwire launched their new flagship product, vWire. In addition to the vWire launch, a “Gurus in Real Life” website is released. This is an exciting day for both Tripwire and Virtual Lifestyle, as I am featured as a Guru! I am the first Guru featured on the website, so please do check it out on http://guru.vwire.com/

vWire Gurus in Real Life



As a technical trainer for VMware Infrastructure and vSphere classes I need to set up ESX and vCenter environments really quick without requiring human interaction. This led me to develop a complete infrastructure for automated installation of VMware ESX hosts. Using the Ultimate Deployment Appliance and standard API’s and methods like the anaconda installer, kickstart scripts, esxcfg-* and vimshell commands, I can reinstall an ESX-host, attach it to iSCSI and NFS storage, as well as adding the host to a vCenter server for central management.

Having this infrastructure in place for training and development environments, I realized that it had much more potential. Because I am extremely busy, I simply do not have the time for extensive troubleshooting, I started work on building a complete monitoring system for my production and hosting environments and attaching the monitoring system to the automation tools.

Integrating automation tools with advanced monitoring tools will assist administrators in maintaining a stable virtual environment without manual effort. This also eliminates the risk of administrators making small mistakes while reinstalling, thus guaranteeing a consistent environment.

vWire Press release

vWire continues Tripwire’s tradition of its free Tools, ConfigCheck and OpsCheck.  I’ve used both tools extensively, as they give great information about your VMware environment. Being free tools, these do not integrate into you existing management layer for virtual environments. vWire incorporates this kind of functionality in one product, and is unimaginably extensible with the support of PowerShell. This allow administrators to create a completely automated management layer where vWire does all the work for you.

As Jase McCarty put it:

Now there’s a place to upload Powershell scripts to, and have them execute whenever custom alarm conditions occur.  No more, “better go check”.  With vWire, is it more like, “hey, Mr. Admin, this just happened, and I took care of it, Sincerely vWire.”

I think this nails it, automation just the way we like it!



 vWire gives visibility and control to virtualization engineers to dramatically decrease complexity, downtime, and operational costs in virtual environments.

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 9, 2009 — Tripwire® today announced vWire™, the first virtualization management solution to integrate change and configuration awareness into Virtual Infrastructure (VI) management. Solving a real business need for virtualization administrators, vWire continuously monitors the state of virtual systems and correlates data with critical events to provide context and insight into potential issues, and then acts to prevent and resolve problems that cause downtime. 
vWire was designed based on direct input from the virtualization community to introduce a greater level of control and visibility over virtual environments. The new offering from Tripwire reduces the time that virtual infrastructure managers spend troubleshooting system failures. With vWire, IT organizations can optimize their virtual infrastructures, decrease downtime and improve reliability, while reducing operating costs through automated monitoring and problem detection.
“Tripwire is working with VMware to provide customers with solutions and tools that offer a holistic view of their virtualized environments while improving operational compliance of these systems,” said Shekar Ayyar, vice president, infrastructure alliances, VMware. “Tripwire’s new vWire extends the robust management capabilities of VMware solutions with capabilities targeted at providing increased visibility and helping troubleshoot problems quickly.” 
vWire is easy to set up and requires no special training. Once installed with sufficient licenses and credentials, vWire automatically starts recording and analyzing the status of the entire virtual infrastructure.

vWire is comprised of three major components:
• Comprehensive Monitoring and Data Collection – vWire monitors all change, configuration and critical event data, providing a database of up-to-the-minute information that can be quickly accessed, searched, and filtered. vWire complements the availability features of the VMware platform by monitoring systems to help prevent or eliminate virtual system downtime.
• Shared content – vWire data can be accessed with various combinations of filters, scripts and alerts, easily accessed through the vWire dashboard. Administrators can see at a glance the aggregated information that is relevant to ensuring the health of their virtual infrastructure. These capabilities ship with out-of-the box content, but can be easily customized. Users can also import shared content from the community, expanding the library of tools and solutions.
• The vWire community – This online forum provides an opportunity for VI administrators, industry experts and product specialists to share content, expertise and solutions for issues involving the management of virtual systems.

According to Stephen Beaver, co-author of two books on virtualization, “Essential VMware ESX Server” and “Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration”,  Tripwire Virtualization Evangelist, “virtualization is unique in that there can be thousands of unique configuration properties in a virtual infrastructure, and the number quickly goes up when you consider multiple objects.  For example, a moderately small installation with two clusters, six ESX hosts, and 60 VMs will have 38,700 configuration properties for the clusters, hosts, and VMs.  vWire’s configuration automation gives virtual administrators new visibility to effectively monitor and manage configuration, change and performance data across the virtual infrastructure – all from within VMware vCenter™ Server.”

vWire is available for immediate purchase and download at www.vwire.com. Also available at vWire.com are two free, downloadable tools to help manage virtualized infrastructure:  OpsCheck, which helps ensure systems are configured to support VMware VMotion™ by rapidly analyzing ESX 3.0, 3.5, and ESXi hypervisors; and, ConfigCheck, which helps ensure VMware environments are properly configured, a recommended and essential first step when deploying and virtualizing additional servers.

About Tripwire, Inc.
Tripwire is the leader in data center compliance and infrastructure management solutions, building confidence for IT across both virtual and physical infrastructures. Tripwire Enterprise and vWire software, helps over 6,500 enterprises worldwide meet their configuration auditing, file integrity monitoring, virtual infrastructure management and change auditing  needs for IT operations, security and compliance.  Tripwire is headquartered in Portland, Ore. with offices worldwide. Tripwire can be found at www.tripwire.com, www.vwire.com, and @vwire on Twitter.