Dell updates and rebrands Foglight for virtualization management

Former Quest and VKernel technologies merge within Foglight and grow to include more VDI and storage visibility

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Initially, View support will allow Foglight to see physical machines (both servers and clients) running VDI. It will also provide Foglight with a view into the PCoIP protocol that links the two. According to Dell, the company is preparing a second phase to the upgrade that will provide Foglight with the ability to peer into the specific VDI user sessions themselves.

Other new features in Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 6.8 include:

  • Support for Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V 3.0
  • Support for SQL Server 2012
  • Enhanced installation agent and agent host management
  • New "Getting Started" wizard

Longtime virtualization administrators will also remember the old Vizioncore brand of management tools that Quest consumed back in 2008. According to Dell, one of those popular tools, vOptimizer, which improved VM I/O performance, is going to be retired sometime in 2014. Fortunately, Dell seems to understand the value of this technology. While the freebie tool may be going away, much of the underlying functionality will be rolled up into a future Foglight 7.0 release, expected to come out around the VMworld event timeframe later this summer. With this next release, the company also hopes to add support for VMware vCloud Director, OpenStack, and Citrix XenDesktop.

On the storage side, Dell upgraded Foglight for Storage Management to version 2.5. With the update, the software becomes available as a stand-alone offering or as an optional add-on to Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition. The update adds physical server support to the storage management platform, so administrators can view their storage infrastructures from either the physical or the virtual layer. With this product, administrators will be given complete visibility of their storage infrastructure from the VM to the physical logical unit number (LUN) on the storage array. Another important addition is a new LUN latency report that can gather up latency statistics for LUNs across the disk arrays.

Finally, Dell also brought N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) support, a Fibre Channel protocol extension that enables multiple virtual ports to share a single physical Fibre Channel port.

"Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition, shows Dell's commitment to offering a solution that encompasses all aspects of virtual infrastructure performance monitoring and management, built on a platform that can scale as the infrastructure grows," said Steve Rosenberg, Dell's general manager for performance monitoring.

Rosenberg continued, "This new release expands Foglight's ability not only to monitor the additional infrastructure area of VDI, but also to correlate metrics from VDI with performance for applications, the virtual layer, the network, and underlying servers and storage."

Foglight for Virtualization Enterprise Edition 6.8 is available now for a 45-day trial from quest.com. Pricing starts at $799 per socket. Foglight for Storage Management 2.5 is also available for a 45-day trial, and pricing starts at $499 per socket.

This article, "Dell updates and rebrands Foglight for virtualization management," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in virtualization at InfoWorld.com.

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