vKernel did it again: vOPS Server Explorer 6.3

VKernel, now under the Dell flag, just released version 6.3 of the vOPS Server Explorer freeware suite.Next to the already present tools Environment Explorer, SearchMyVM Explorer, and vScope Explorer  they added two new utilities: Storage Explorer and Change Explorer.

Using the same analytics and advisory engine from the paid vOPS Server Standard product, all five of these utilities provide virtual administrators with a rapid assessment of the state of their environment, for free!

So what is Storage Explorer?

Storage Explorer assesses storage performance and capacity views across datastores and VMs that helps VM admins to get better visibility of their storage environment.

It has the following features:

  • Identify critical datastore issues such as overcommitment, low capacity, high latency, VMFS version mismatch.
    Storage Explorer collects inventory and performance data from datastores and apply rules based on best practices to highlight if any critical conditions are found. Such examples includes overcommitment, low capacity and high latency. Other useful information includes VMFS version, storage path policy and number of VMs.
  • Identify critical VM issues such as low available disk space, high latency and throughput
    Storage Explorer collects inventory and performance data from VMs and apply rules based on best practices to highlight if any critical conditions are found. Examples includes low available disk space, high latency and throughput.


vKernel releases Environment Explorer

Today vKernel released a new free utility for VMware admins within vOPS Server Explorer, called vKernel Environment Explorer. This new free utility provides a rapid assessment of the state of the virtual environment, helping quickly determine critical environment health statistics.

Environment Explorer can locate:

  • Identify critical VM configuration errors such as memory limits and old snapshots that will affect performance;
  • Performance bottlenecks caused by high CPU ready, memory swapping, device latency, and other causes;
  • Detect inefficiency/waste created by VMs with CPU, memory and storage over allocation;
  • Pinpoint oversubscription of CPU, memory and storage resources and whether the over-allocation is impacting performance;
  • Find available capacity expressed as the number of VMs that can be deployed without causing performance bottlenecks.

Also included in your free download of Environment Explorer, you will have access to vScope Explorer and SearchMyVM Explorer. As a single virtual appliance download, vOPS Server Explorer offers these three powerful utilities in one.

As virtual environments become more dynamic and complex, just establishing whether or not an environment is under control can require a significant amount of data mining and manual calculation for the VM admin. With vKernel’s vOPS Server Explorer you can locate these issues quickly.

vOPS Server Explorer 5.1 is available for download now: http://www.vkernel.com/download/server-explorer

VKernel vOps 4.5

On December 19th VKernel released version 4.5 of its vOps management software.

vOps 4.5 addresses the increasing volume of routine virtual machine management tasks in virtualized environments. This increase is caused by the enormous growth in the number of virtual machines. Nowadays we provision many more virtual servers than we ever had physical ones because they are easier and cheaper to deploy. All of these virtual machines require management tasks for maintenance.

The next step in virtualization is automation and vOPS 4.5 also cover this with the introduction of some new capabilities, like:

  • New Automation Features
    vOPS’ virtual machine management automation capabilities are enhanced with auto-deletion of abandoned virtual machine images, auto-merging of unused snapshots, an additional automated remediation for performance issues and auto-calculation of future resource requirements;
  • Automation Controls
    vOPS 4.5 also adds the ability to more finely control some automation processes. For example, virtual machines can be grouped, and then these groups set with minimum and maximum resource amounts that automated right-sizing will respect.

Additionally, vOps 4.5 introduces: