Room for improvement:
When describing VM and application monitoring, slide notes forget to mention that - starting with vSphere 5.5 - VMware now offers a much better application monitoring option for users purchasing the Enterprise Plus license.
On top of the default vSphere HA cluster capabilities to monitor for application heartbeat signaling, a new appliance vSphere App HA can offer a much better service.
vSphere App HA leverages VMware vFabric® to monitor applications. Deploying two virtual appliances per vCenter Server - App HA and Hyperic - vSphere App HA is a new feature that complements the functionality of VMware vSphere® High Availability with application-level monitoring and automated remediation.Source:
App HA improves application uptime through:
- Policy-based application monitoring and remediation.
- Integration with vSphere HA to provide multiple recovery options, e.g. restart the application service or restart the virtual machine.
VMware vSphere App HA product pages.