vOperations Suite 4: Clarity for cloud operations

VKernel released vOperations Suite 4, designed to provide operational clarity for cloud operators and enterprise data centers.

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

As hypervisor platforms advance in development, more environments are becoming heterogeneous. This movement is being driven by:

  • Development of credible alternatives to vSphere
  • TCO, tiers and application OS affinity for particular hypervisor
  • ISV restrictions on supported hypervisors
  • 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.

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.

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