Quest Software Launches New Storage Management Package

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-08-31 Print this article Print

The company launched its first storage management product, vFoglight Storage, which enables enterprises to manage virtual and physical storage deployments on a single screen.

SAN FRANCISCO-Quest Software, best known for its popular Oracle- and Microsoft-related software development tools, became the latest independent software vendor to bolster its position with new products in the burgeoning world of virtualization.

The Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based company Aug. 31 at VMworld 2010 here launched its first storage management product, vFoglight Storage, which enables enterprises to manage virtual and physical storage deployments on a single screen.

Managing mixed environments is becoming a trend as companies continue to move more data into cloud storage. In these often jumbled onsite and offsite storage deployments, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep track of where everything is-and how much capacity is available-on a real-time basis.

"vFoglight Storage enables users to pinpoint performance, capacity and topology issues; meet SLAs; and achieve performance levels," Carl Eberling, Quest's vice president and general manager of the virtualization business unit, said.

"Organizations are struggling with virtualization and cloud computing because it changes how they manage their infrastructure. Our software helps manage all this seamlessly within any type of system."

Featuring a familiar, Internet Explorer-like interface, vFoglight Storage allows users to view end-to-end mapping, from the virtual to physical layer, showing how virtual environments are configured at specific points in time, Eberling said.

This extended view provides the information and insight necessary to optimize storage paths, reorganize physical storage and, where appropriate, augment total storage capacity.

Other vFoglight Storage features, according to Quest, include performance monitoring with detailed metrics; capacity monitoring, also with detailed metrics; topology views and on-the-fly graphical views that show relationships between virtual and physical storage infrastructures; out-of-the box alerts and detailed alarms that highlight deviations from industry best practices; and out-of-the-box reports on performance and capacity.

Quest is demonstrating vFoglight Storage at VMworld through Sept. 2, in booths 1113 and 1213, in Moscone Center South. vFoglight Storage 1.0 is available for trial and download now.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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