SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 4.0 I just finished testing the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 4.0 but that won't be the end of my look at the virtualization management landscape.
Although I used to be of the opinion that SolarWinds and Ipswitch products were only for small to midsize shops. I still think it's likely that large organizations will get more benefit from using platform tools from CA, IBM or HP. However, it's not a forgone conclusion as it once was. The less expensive players have added features without bloating the price or installation process, making them very attrative alternatives to the status quo.
Another thing that has changed in the infrastructure itself. Of course I'm referring to X86 server virtualization. In the "old days" when a machine stopped running or a network interface disappeared from the map, management tools popped up a red warning dot and declared the asset dead. Today, a virtual machine can spin down for all sorts of reasons, none of them having to do with a malfunction. This rather profound change in server monitoring and management has created an opening for the second tier providers including SolarWinds and Ipswitch to make their case.
As I wrap up the SolarWinds review and start work on Ipswitch, I'd be happy to from you about your concerns and questions the changing face of IT infrastructure monitoring and management.