Virtual management tool maker Veeam has updated its Management Pack for VMware, which brings VMware infrastructure under the supervision of Microsoft's System Center.
The new release extends Management Pack's monitoring and forecasting capabilities to help administrators with heterogeneous infrastructure plan ahead for future capacity needs, according to Veeam.
Available immediately, Veeam Management Pack v6 for VMware adds new topology views that give administrators better oversight of where virtual machines are running, plus capacity planning reports which include forecasts for future vSphere cluster and datastore performance, and virtual machine capacity.
"We're trying to address several challenges with this update: visibility of VMware virtual machines from System Center; capacity planning, to avoid missing SLAs and help customers to optimise resource use across the datacentre," Veeam's Microsoft evangelist for EMEA, Mike Resseler, told V3.
The update builds upon capabilities in new releases of VMware's vSphere that expose more information on the resources under its control, according to Resseler.
Hooking into vSphere, Veeam Management Pack uses this information to provide topology views for storage, network and compute, as well as "heat maps" highlighting details such as the fastest growing virtual machine in a particular server cluster, for example.
This version also takes advantage of the dashboard widgets new in System Center 2012 Operations Manager to show real-time views of critical vSphere systems.
Management Pack also provides reports with forecasts to help administrators see if they need to add additional resources, before such a situation becomes critical.
"If it looks like you are going to run out of CPU capacity in 30 days, it will be important to get approval for more resources now, rather than finding out a week before it happens," Resseler said.
This includes the ability to scope out "what-if" scenarios, and see how much spare capacity would be left over if a hardware failure caused one server cluster to fail over to another one, he added.
Meanwhile, Management Pack can also help to "right-size" virtual machines, so that unused ones can have their resources reclaimed. Conversely, it can highlight virtual machines that are struggling with fewer resources than they need for the workloads they are operating, according to Veeam
Veeam Management Pack v6 supports Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1, and VMware vSphere 5.1.
Existing Veeam Management Pack users with a maintenance agreement will be able to upgrade for free, Veeam confirmed.
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