SolarWinds Releases Free VM Management Tool

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-08-25 Print this article Print

VM Console is SolarWinds' second community-driven data center virtualization tool to be offered free of charge. VM Console and the previous offering, VM Monitor, can be used through the same dashboard.

Data center management software maker SolarWinds Aug. 25 released a freely downloadable virtualization management tool for IT managers that enables automatic shutdown, restarting and usage tracking of virtual machines.

VM Console is SolarWinds' second community-driven data center virtualization tool to be offered free of charge. VM Monitor, SolarWinds' first such offering, and VM Console can be used through the same real-time desktop dashboard.

"IT professionals can use VM Console to bring a frozen or otherwise unresponsive virtual machine back to life," SolarWinds Vice President of Technology Josh Stephens said.

VM Console enables IT managers to "bounce" VMs, track up/down status, take a snapshot to compare the VM before and after it's bounced, and restart VMs without needing to log into VMware vCenter or vSphere, SolarWinds said.

"Logging into vCenter just to snapshot and bounce a VM is time-consuming and awkward," Stephens said. "The VM Console provides an easy-to-use desktop widget for these types of tasks."

SolarWinds is hosting an expert panel at the VMworld conference in San Francisco, "Virtualization 101: Best Practices on How to Manage Storage and Virtualized Environments."

The panel, moderated by eWEEK Senior Writer Chris Preimesberger, includes SolarWinds' Stephens; Lazarus Vekiarides, director of Software Engineering for Dell's EqualLogic Storage Engineering Group; Symphonic Source President and CEO Ken Barth; and Bryan Bond, senior storage manager for Logitech USA. It will convene Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m. PDT in Moscone Center, North Room 130.

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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