Can Virtual Machines or Containers Be Social?

With social networks being popular these days, there is no doubt that we human beings are socially inter-connected. These social connections offer lots of insights about each person in the social networks. In some way, we’re all defined by our networks.

How about virtual world and cloud world? Can we visualize the inter-connections of the VMs, hosts, datastores, and networks?

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The answer is yes. The social network is essentially a collection of the relationships between different entities, be it a person, a VM, or a container, as long as we can describe and set a link.

With that in mind, the virtual machines, hosts, datastores, networks are perfectly candidates for social networks. Their inter-connections can be a virtual machine running on a host, resides in one or more datastores, and connects to one or more networks. Same for the hosts, datastores, and networks. One way or the other, they are connected together.

Social networks can be complicated, same for the virtual social networks. What we need is a tool that can visualize the connections and thus uncover the insights that are otherwise impossible.

DoubleCloud vSearch product offers such a tool that you can visualize all the relationships of these entities in each vCenter server it connects to. You can also select the types of entities to simplify the charts so that the patterns can stand out easily.


The entities can be many in particular the virtual machines which can easily go beyond thousands. With all of them visible on the same chart, it can be challenging to tell which is which. To make it easy to locate any resource, the product offers a filter, which allows you to enter any name to filter out the entities and highlight them in the chart.

As the product treats everything like a Web page, you can hover the mouse on a VM and see its name and IP address. With one click, you can open up the detailed page of the VM, host, network, or datastore.

With the virtual social network, a new inter-connected VM world opens up for you. To discover what is the virtual social networks, try out the product for free.

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