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VMware Launches vCenter for Cloud Performance Monitoring

VMware's acquisition of Integrien adds to vCenter a slew of new capabilities for managing capacity planning, change management -- backed by performance analytics -- in physical and cloud environments.

VMware earlier this week introduced vCenter Operations, which provides centralized monitoring, analysis, and correlation capabilities that leverage metrics and data collected by vCenter and vSphere. Those capabilities come as a result of the company's acquisition of Irvine, Calif.-based Integrien last year.

According to a VMware announcement, its management strategy is to "further simplify IT by integrating performance, capacity and configuration management, and applying analytics to help customers achieve the degree of automation required to operate a cloud environment."

Rob Smoot, VMware Director of Product Marketing for Management, says the company's strategy calls for a new console that is tightly integrated with vSphere, and understands all of the underlying systems supported by that flagship platform, including servers, storage, networks and other aspects of the underlying infrastructure. He said the Integrien acquisition has been key to VMware being able to offer advanced analytics that aggregate data into a view of the performance, capacity and health of the environment. Once the data is aggregated, the system then provides smart alerts that "cut through the noise" in IT operations centers where customers are frequently inundated with alerts that are tied to specific infrastructure components.

vCenter Operations will be available in three editions for managing both virtualized and physical environments: Standard offers performance management with capacity and change awareness for vSphere-virtualized and cloud environments; Advanced adds more advanced capacity analytics and planning; and Enterprise offers performance, capacity and configuration management capabilities for both virtual and physical environments and includes customizable dashboards, smart alerting and application awareness.

Initial versions of all three versions are expected by the end of March via VMware Sales and from channel partners, with pricing starting at $50 per virtual machine.

About the Author

Bruce Hoard is the new editor of Virtualization Review. Prior to taking this post, he was founding editor of Network World and spent 20 years as a freelance writer and editor in the IT industry.

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