IT Management: SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Uses VM Performance to Estimate Amazon EC2 Costs

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-06-27 Print this article Print


SolarWinds Virtualization Manager uses performance data and cost templates to estimate what it would cost to run VMware virtual infrastructure on Amazon Web Services EC2 platform.
The SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 4.0 tracks compute, network and storage resource use to predict capacity limits, answers "what-if planning questions and estimates what it would cost to run your VMware virtual infrastructure on Amazon's EC2 public cloud service. The tool does not monitor or manage Microsoft Hyper-V or open source hypervisor platforms. The reminted Virtualization Manager (VM) neatly fits with SolarWinds network and system management tools. Tests at eWEEK Labs showed that VM is well worth adding to any sized organizations management toolkit. SolarWinds VM started shipping on June 7 and is available as a virtual appliance. The product costs $2,995 for 50 powered on VMs under management.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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