VKernel Announces General Availability of vOPS Server Standard 6.0
August 30, 2012
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VKernel, a division of Quest Software, announced general availability of vOPS Server Standard 6.0.

This release extends control into cloud environments and virtual machine (VM) performance with unified multi-data source VM issue diagnosis, change impact modeling and VMware vCloud Director integration.

vOPS provides control for cloud deployments and VM performance through analytics, advice and automation. The 6.0 release of vOPS Server Standard enhances these capabilities with:

- Unified multi-data source VM issue diagnosis

- Change impact modeling

- vCloud Director integration

vOPS Server Standard 6.0 introduces new unified multi-data source VM issue diagnosis functionality that analyzes:

- Network, CPU, memory and storage performance

- VM configuration changes and other events

- Related virtual objects that share resources such as other VMs, datastores and hosts

The end result is a unified screen that lists issues identified from analysis of multiple data sources, spanning from hypervisor alarms and resource utilization to configuration management. This functionality then provides advice on how to resolve each issue and ensures that the troubleshooting workflow can be completed with automated remediation execution.

Because VMs share IT resources, any change can adversely impact performance issues in other areas of the virtual environment. Assessing changes manually is difficult due to the sheer volume of data that must be processed. Yet, environment changes are a leading cause of unexpected VM performance issues that cause system administrators to go into “fire-fighting” mode.

To remove this source of “fire-fighting,” vOPS Server Standard 6.0 introduces change impact modeling. Changes can be modeled in a “dress rehearsal” before executing them. vOPS’ analytics determine if issues will occur as a result of a change, and changes can then be automatically implemented.

vOPS Server Standard 6.0 introduces integration into VMware vCloud Director, extending virtual environment control to cloud deployments. This integration enables analysis, reporting and management of data objects specific to vCloud Director.

Additional enhancements in vOPS Server Standard 6.0 include:

- New Automation Capabilities – VMs can be powered on and off and moved from host to host.

- Global Virtual Object Search – A “Google-like” search field finds objects across the environment.

- Extended Change Analysis – Changes to hosts, clusters, and resource pools are now tracked. Analytics have been introduced to assess the risk level of environment changes.

“We’re pleased to release functionality that will provide our customers with control over their virtual environments and cloud deployments,” says Alex Rosemblat, Product Marketing Manager, VKernel. “By cutting out the “fire-fighting” involved in typical data center processes, systems administrators using the latest vOPS release will be able to dedicate more time to other tasks like working with end users and architecting their environment.”

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