VKernel Introduces vOperations Suite 4.5
Enhancing Automation for Virtualization Management
December 19, 2011
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VKernel, a provider of enterprise-class performance and capacity management products for virtualized data centers and cloud environments, announced today general availability of vOperations SuiteTM 4.5.

VKernel, a provider of enterprise-class performance and capacity management products for virtualized data centers and cloud environments, announced today general availability of vOperations SuiteTM 4.5 (vOPS 4.5).

Designed to provide new automation capabilities for virtual machine management, the new release introduces advanced VM management task automation which coupled with robust automation controls, offers data centers “trusted automation.” The new version 4.5 of the vOperations Suite is also referred to as .

With vOPS 4.5’s ability to automate deletion of abandoned VM images, an unlimited amount of files can be removed in seconds. The need for automation becomes particularly acute for cloud deployments, which are purposefully architected to remove manual steps from VM life cycle operations.

VM management automation has been introduced in vOPS 4.5 to vastly streamline recommendation execution.

For automation to be truly successful, it must allow for:

* “Out-of-the-Box” Functionality that Saves Significant Time – vOPS 4.5 requires only a click-of-a-button, eliminating the need for manual work in a VM management console which can take hours or days. Users can also adjust settings for different infrastructure areas.

* Trusted Automation – vOPS 4.5 features robust control features for automation capabilities that allow virtualization administrators to automatically execute VM management tasks and set “trusted automation” for their environments. With vOPS 4.5, administrators can automatically: delete abandoned VMDK files, merge VM snapshots, solve VM performance issues, power-off Zombie VMs, resize vCPU and VM memory resources based on recommendations, update management dashboards in real-time in external systems, and calculate CPU, memory and storage requirements at any point in the future.

Other features available in vOPS 4.5 include:

* Application type tags to denote which application is running inside a virtual machine

* Storage DRS and storage cluster support available with VMware vSphere 5

* Access to VMware VASA interface storage statistics available with vSphere 5

* Capacity planning calculation adjustments for vSphere 5 HA methods

* Improved support and visibility into Raw Device Mapping (RDM) storage objects

* Additional management reports such as graphs for performance issue counts

* Auto-set VM metric trend alarms that generate warnings when abnormalities are detected

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