VMware vCenter Operations

In February 2011 during Partner Exchange in Orlando VMware announced a new product aimed at managing a virtual datacenter called VMware vCenter Operations.

vCenter Operations is a new member of the vSphere product line that integrates availability, resource utilization, capacity management, and configuration management with self-learning analytics from the Integrien acquisition thrown in for good measure.

In the beginning of March 2011  a lot of information about the new product has been posted on various sites. This posting is  just a small overview of those postings.

vCenter Operations is available for download since March 15. Read here more . It is the new name of VMware Alive Enterprise which is based on the product ‘Integrien Alive Enterprise’  originally made by Integrien. VMware acquired Integrien in August 2010. VMware also used the name ‘VMware Alive VM’ which is based on ‘ Integrien Alive VM’

According to VMware, vCenter Operations comes in the following flavors. An overview of features per edition can be seen here.

•A standard edition offers performance management with capacity and change tracking for VMware vSphere environments.
•An advanced version adds capacity analytics and planning. This flavor is also focused on vSphere shops.
•The enterprise addition of vCenter Operations will offer performance, capacity and configuration management for both virtual and physical environments. This version also has connectors to other monitoring tools like Microsoft SCOM.

Costs are around $50 per virtual machine for vCenter Operations standard edition.

Documentation (Installation and Administration guide) can be found here.

The best and most comprehensive article on vCenter Operations is titled:
‘vCenter Operations – vSphere Performance, Capacity and Configuration Management with Self Learning Analytics’ and written by  Bernd Harzog posted on virtualizationpractice.com. The article has a good comparison of various other tooling offering the same sort of functionality.

Eric Sloof of ntpro.nl posted a good overview including a  nice video showing the features of vCenter Operations. See it here. 

VMware site on vCenter Operations: VMware vCenter Operations website

Kendrick Coleman posting titled  vCenter Operations And The Hype

VMblog.com  VMware Launches vCenter Operations  

ZDnet VMware launches vCenter Operation, eyes bigger piece of data center pie

Informationweek.com VMware Moves Into Hybrid Cloud Management

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