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monitoring vmware with splunk

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I have a VMWare environment with 12 VMWare hosts. 

Currently we are using splunk cloud and we are using splunk agents to forward logs for  windows virtual machines.

Now I want to monitor vmware hosts(mainly performance metrics). I started checking splunk documentation, but I am a little bit confused what should I use. It looks like till now there was an app- Splunk App for Infrastructure that is used to monitor vmware, and now there is some IT Essentials app, and there are some vmware add-ons, not sure where and how they are used.

Could you please guide me what product should I use, does it has separate licenses that need to be purchased.  Because we are using splunk cloud, do I need to install something on-premises in order to monitor vmware and forward to splunk cloud.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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You can use the Splunk Add-on for VMware Metrics - About the Splunk Add-on for VMware Metrics - Splunk Documentation

You deploy the required components, and can configure the collection of inventory and metrics from the vSphere API - and forward logs from Hosts as Syslog into Splunk. 

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