VMware Moves to Manage More

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 cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
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2011-10-28 VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

vCenter Operations Management Suite was released today along with other VMware management tools designed to make it easier to deploy applications and show business executives how IT is doing.

VMware is marching down the management path by integrating previously separate tools and introducing new suites.

Released today, vCenter Operations Management Suite, vFabric Application Management Suite and IT Business Management Suite should help enterprise users maintain efficient use of IT infrastructure.

vCenter Operations Management Suite (previously called vCenter Operations Manager) now combines previously separate capacity, performance and configuration management features into a single install and console. vFabric Application Management Suite enables application deployment on virtual and cloud infrastructures. IT Business Management Suite should make it easier for IT to show the business side of the house IT costs and service level metrics.

I'll get the products into eWEEK Labs for a closer look, but as I wrote on 10/10/2011, management tools are only going to gain importance in virutal and cloud environments.

I'm espcially insterested in the newly combined vCenter Operations Management Suite (vCCOMS). From an operations point of view, showing capacity, performance and configuration on the same console makes sense. I'm especially interested in comparing the predictions of the capacity tool to the actual needs of my test infrastructure. If the capacity feature proves to be accurate, it could go a long way towards helping IT managers establish new budget formulas just in time to fine tune calendar year spending projections.

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