VKernel Capacity Analyzer a Strong Tool in VMware Environments
VKernel's Capacity Analyzer 2.0 can use VMware VirtualCenter statistics to offer clarity in virtualization deployments. However, the virtualization tool is not a cross-platform product; it doesn't address Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization technology. But in VMware environments, the virtualization tool will help IT administrators get the most out of their ESX installations.VKernel's Capacity Analyzer 2.0 can now use VMware VirtualCenter statistics to monitor disk I/O throughput performance and provides a comprehensive dashboard to clarify murky virtualization environments. It's not a cross-platform tool; Capacity Analyzer didn't have anything to say about eWEEK Labs' Hyper-V capacity. With that said, the new version of the product, just out of beta and shipping since Oct. 14, could spell the difference between spinning your wheels and gaining significant traction when it comes to getting the most out of your organization's ESX installation.
The biggest difference between VKernel's Capacity Analyzer and VMware's Capacity Planner is that VKernel uses added technology to make predictions about when and where capacity problems will occur. When it works correctly, as it did during my tests at eWEEK Labs in San Francisco, it allows IT data center managers to stay ahead of application slowdowns caused by resource constraints.