Virtualization has brought many benefits to the data center – more efficient use of resources, ability to quickly recover failed systems, and reallocate hardware capacity on the fly. But it has also brought some challenges to traditional network management approaches, and administrators may struggle with multiple tools that monitor relationships between host systems, and virtual machines.
One tool that has unified virtual and traditional server managment is a plugin for the WhatsUp Gold monitoring platform, called WhatsVirtual. And Ipswitch, makers of WhatsUp Gold, announced this week that an update to their WhatsVirtual plugin for WhatsUp Gold would be released on July 13, 2010. The update adds a large number of powerful features to the plugin, making it easier to monitor virtual machines more effectively.
Kevin Gillis, VP of product management with Ipswitch, Inc.’s Network Management Division, explains the concept of WhatsVirtual this way:
“Our customers continue to harness the power of VMware to optimize virtual IT environments and WhatsVirtual gives them the ability to manage all their resources from a single, consolidated dashboard. We will continue to develop WhatsVirtual as requested by our customers to meet the demands and developing needs of the virtual infrastructure and cloud initiatives.”
Ipswitch highlights some of the features included in WhatsVirtual 2.0:
VMware vCenter Support – WhatsVirtual 2.0 will discover, monitor, report, alert and control all virtual resources through the VMware vCenter for complete accuracy and reliability.
VMware vMotion Support – WhatsVirtual 2.0 will track VMs as they move across physical servers, to offer a complete and accurate mapping of VM to physical server relationships at all times, including real-time and historical information reporting and alerting.
VMware HA (High Availability) Support – WhatsVirtual 2.0 will offer complete access to VMs as they are automatically restarted or moved to other physical servers due to hardware or operating system failures.
VMware Virtual Clusters Support– WhatsVirtual 2.0 will offer complete access to VMware Clusters
As enterprises become more reliant on virtualization, tools like WhatsVirtual become truly essential to help ensure service quality. And, having those tools integrated into a platform like WhatsUp Gold can streamline operations and ensure that IT staff have the ability to manage the network in an efficient manner.
For more details on the upcoming release, visit the WhatsVirtual product preview page.