Hyper9 VOS Helps Battle Virtual Machine Sprawl

Hyper9 is rolling out the second version of its flagship Virtualization Optimization Suite, which is designed to give businesses improved insight into their virtualized environments and better ways to manage their VMs. While many businesses have embraced virtualization to save money in such areas as hardware, space and power, the result has been a virtualization environment that is not always easy to manage. Hyper9 VOS offers a host of new features tied together by an intuitive user interface.

Hyper9 officials want to give businesses better insight into their virtual environments.

The company July 29 rolled out the second generation of its flagship Virtualization Optimization Suite-or VOS-which is designed to help businesses create virtual environments that are suitable to their business needs, according to Bill Kennedy, executive vice president of research and development for Hyper9.

Enterprises over the past few years have embraced virtualization with the hope of reducing hardware, space and power costs by moving workloads onto virtual machines, Kennedy said in an interview. However, those same businesses are now finding that costs generated by the "VM sprawl" are going up, causing what Kennedy calls "ROI erosion."

"It's become harder to manage [these virtual environments]," he said.

Hyper9's VOS is designed to give businesses greater insight into those environments, enabling them to not only see what VMs are running what workloads, but also giving them the ability to more easily search, organize and analyze data from the virtual environments. That data is displayed through an intuitive user interface, Kennedy said.

A recent survey of customers by the vendor found that at least 20 percent of existing VMs are superfluous to a company's operations, which is resulting in businesses spending more money than needed on their virtual environments. Through VOS, businesses can more easily find those underutilized or unneeded VMs.

Hyper9 earlier this year rolled out the first version of its VOS offering, which was primarily aimed at virtualization administrators and offered some data collection capabilities, Kennedy said.

The latest version offers greater business insights and analytics, and is aimed at a wider array of people, including data center administrators as well as virtualization administrators.

A key new feature is Hyper9's Workspaces, which lets users organize and share content, as well as gain better insight into the virtual machines and how they're being used, Kennedy said.

Hyper9 also put in a feature called Active Links, which gives users one-click access to everything from data to reports to common tasks.

"You can find rogue VMs [that are not being used or are underutilized] through one click," he said.

There also is automated monitoring and alerting, which gives users a heads up on such issues as change tracking, rogue VMs and VM sprawl.

Hyper9's VDMA feature analyzes historical performance and configuration data.