LIVE FROM VMWORLD: VKernel Releases vOperations Suite 4
Full Hyper-V Integration, New Visualization Engine and VM Cost Index Supports Cross Data Center, Cross Hypervisor Operations
August 29, 2011
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VKernel announced general availability of vOperations Suite 4, designed to provide operational clarity for cloud operators and enterprise data centers.

The new release introduces full Hyper-V integration, a new visualization engine, and a VM cost index that provides clarity into performance, capacity and cost across datacenters, resources and hypervisors in virtualized environments.

The vOperations Suite 4 (also referred to as vOPSTM) is available for download and will be showcased this week at VMworld 2011, August 29- September 1, in Las Vegas at VKernel booth #1027.

Unified Support for VMware, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and RHEV in a Single Application

As hypervisor platforms advance in development, more environments are becoming heterogeneous. This movement is being driven by:
1. Development of credible alternatives to vSphere
2. TCO, tiers and application OS affinity for particular hypervisor
3. ISV restrictions on supported hypervisors
4. Mergers and acquisitions where IT departments inherit new environments

To meet the needs of customers with heterogeneous environments, vOPS 4 adds full support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to its existing support for VMware vSphere. By building on VKernel’s previous Hyper-V support and interoperability with Microsoft System Center, vOPS 4 enables System Center customers to manage capacity for both Hyper-V and VMware environments from a single solution. Additionally, vOPS 4 can now be installed as either a VHD or VMDK.

The vOPS technology is completely hypervisor agnostic and will enable further expansion of vOPS to additional hypervisors and data from public cloud providers to support hybrid cloud operations. Support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization was announced earlier this month and will be available in 2011 Q4.

Visualizing Workload Balancing Across an Entire Virtualized Environment

As data centers continue to scale, managing the workloads for CPU, memory, storage, network and disk I/O for hundreds to thousands of virtual machines becomes a difficult task. Additionally, workloads may be split between multiple data centers and hypervisors.

vOPS 4 features the new vSCOPE visualization engine that allows VM administrators to view performance, capacity and cost for all environment VMs across multiple data centers and hypervisors on one screen. Problem areas are immediately identified through this holistic view and can be instantly remediated with a single click drill-down to resolution steps. vSCOPE is ideally suited for NOC screen placement to ensure that the cloud environment is constantly balanced and maintaining high performance.

While visualizing the entire environment is critical, the ability to segment and group workloads according to application, criticality, datacenter or other criteria is just as important for effective management. New in vOPS 4 is Smart Business Views that automatically build collections of virtual machines into views based on naming conventions, cluster membership, creation date or any other of 10 VM attributes. Using Smart Business Views, virtualization administrators can automatically slice and dice a large virtualization environment into meaningful groups for management and visualization.

Additional functionality in vOPS 4 includes:

Configurable Dashboards – All dashboards in vOPS are now configurable on a per user basis.

Enhanced Scalability and Performance - 64 Bit appliance support increases application speed and allows growth into several thousand VMs from within an embedded open source database.

Advanced Chargeback Support – VMs can be priced with a single fixed cost and variable pricing can be created by business view.

“vOPS 4 represents a synthesis of development threads from the past year,” says Bryan Semple, Chief Marketing Officer at VKernel. “With vOPS 4 we have integrated our Hyper-V and vSphere management, laid the ground work for RHEV support in Q4, wrapped the application in a stunning visualization engine we call vSCOPE, and have pushed the boundaries of traditional chargeback with the new virtualization cost index (vCI). vOPS 4 sets the standard for innovation, value and ease of use in virtualization management.”

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