NEWS ANALYSIS: VMware has launched a new version of vCenter Ops Suite, which makes it easier for IT managers to put together the server and network infrastructure for private and public cloud service deployments.
latest stab at accelerating customer cloud adoption comes in the form of VMware
vCenter Operations Management Suite, which is the newest piece of VMware's
comprehensive management portfolio.
vCenter Operations Management Suite is designed to simplify and automate the
operations of virtual and cloud environments. Ideally, the product will make it
easier for enterprise IT managers to create IT services that are cloud-based.
concepts behind vCenter Operations Management Suite mirror much of what
Microsoft is promising to deliver with the forthcoming Microsoft System Center
2012, a product that focuses on provisioning and managing private and public
cloud platforms that offer IT services.
that VMware has correctly identified that system management is one of the key
elements for effectively deploying cloud-based services. "The highly
dynamic nature of cloud infrastructure has outpaced traditional operations
management disciplines, requiring customers to think differently about how to
manage their virtual and cloud environments," Rob Smoot, director, product
marketing, Enterprise Management, VMware, said in a statement.
sentiment is shared by Microsoft as well, at least as far as developing
management tools that make it easier to manage and deploy cloud technologies,
as evidenced by Microsoft's claims as to what System
Center 2012 will offer IT managers.
the key to success with developing private and public cloud services is having
the proper tools that can deliver provisioning and automation capabilities.
"The VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite provides customers with
greater visibility 'under the hood' of their infrastructures, and it provides
the actionable intelligence customers need to optimize efficiency, enable
compliance and proactively manage service levels," Smoot said in his
the most notable capabilities offered by vCenter Operations Management Suite is
the inclusion of analytics and metrics. Not only are IT managers able to deploy
and manage cloud offerings built in the VMware ecosystem, but those managers
will now be able monitor service levels and calculate loads over time, as well
as look for inefficiencies. The metrics delivered by vCenter Operations
Management Suite should prove very useful for IT managers looking for
elasticity in operations and for judging scale-up or scale-down as determined
by business needs.
obvious that vCenter Operations Management Suite may reduce the need for third-party
tools, especially those that monitor and report on VMware ecosystem functions.
That said, the new suite does incorporate tools that were offered previously as
add-ons for VMware's earlier vCenter Operations products. Notable is the
Chargeback Manager tool that produces forecasts of future expenditures when
current conditions are left as they are, compared with the savings recouped
from making adjustments.
many of the goals set forth for vCenter Operations Management Suite compare
with Microsoft's hopes for System Center 2012, one notable difference is that
Microsoft is pitching System Center 2012 as hypervisor-agnostic, meaning IT
managers can choose whatever hypervisor technology they feel best fits their
environment. That means Microsoft's future offering may be a competitive
product for vCenter Operations Management Suite, especially since System Center
2012 will support VMware's own hypervisor technology.
availability of vCenter Operations Management Suite begins now, with various
licensing rates beginning at $50 per virtual machine.