VKernel Releases vOPS Server 5.0
May 22, 2012
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VKernel has released vOPS Server 5.0, with new automation features that boost both efficiency and improve performance of virtualized infrastructures.

VKernel’s vOPS Server products now feature one-click auto-deployment of capacity reservations, automated risk assessment of VM configuration modifications, and automatic rollback capabilities for unauthorized environment changes.

The sheer complexity of today’s virtual environments must require some measure of controlled automation for effective management. With the release of vOPS Server 5.0, VKernel extends the automation capabilities found in previous versions and includes the ability to automatically deploy VMs based on capacity reservations already identified.

Previous versions of vOPS Server enabled the reservation of capacity for future VM deployments. vOPS Server 5.0 now allows for these virtual machine reservations to automatically trigger virtual machines deployments - successfully closing the capacity management process loop. These capabilities can also be connected to self-service cloud portals via API to enable automated cloud VM deployment processes.

vOPS Server 5.0 also features a new Change Analyzer module that is designed to collect, analyze and archive change data and then automatically assess the risk inherent in changes to the environment. The new Change Analyzer provides the auditing, tracking and risk assessment of the invisible hands in the data center while changes are made. Alarming is also available to alert users when high risk changes occur. vOPS Server 5.0 contains the capabilities to enable safe automation of the virtual data center.

vOPS Server 5.0 Change Analyzer tracks changes occurring within the virtual environment and allows for querying of where, when and who made the change. For many modifications, VM administrators can roll back the offending change with the click of a button.

Additional functionality in vOPS Server 5.0 includes:

- Configuration Management Capabilities – vOPS Server now tracks all changes in the virtual environment, allows for comparisons of VMs against other VMs, templates, or the same VM at other points in time and shows the impacts of changes on performance and capacity.

- Manual Overrides for Automated Rightsizing – Sizing recommendations for VM vCPUs and memory can now be overridden manually for specific VMs, and then implemented with rightsizing automation.

- Quick Start Dashboard – First-time vOPS Server users will be able to immediately solve issues through a dashboard that offers quick entry to the many functions inside vOPS.

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