VKernel moves into the cloud with vOperations Suite 4

Virtualization suite provides clarity for cloud operations and becomes more heterogeneous with new support for Hyper-V and upcoming support for RHEV

VMworld may be owned and operated by VMware, but the largest virtualization show on earth isn't limited to VMware technologies, no matter how hard it tries at times.

VKernel, a longtime VMware ecosystem partner, announced and is displaying at the show its latest virtualization management application, vOperations Suite 4 (vOPS). The new vOPS suite is designed to provide operational clarity for cloud operators and enterprise data centers. But like others in VMware's partner ecosystem, VKernel is introducing support for other hypervisor platforms in order to differentiate itself from VMware-owned products. In this case, support for Microsoft Hyper-V is once again getting the nod.

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According to the company, this latest release introduces full Hyper-V integration, a new visualization engine, and a VM cost index to provide clarity into performance, capacity, and cost across data centers, resources, and hypervisors.

Bryan Semple, chief marketing officer at VKernel, told InfoWorld that he believes the world is becoming more and more heterogeneous, driven by operating systems that align more closely with specific hypervisors, applications that are certified to run only on specific hypervisors, hypervisor licensing models with dramatically different cost structures and models, data center consolidations, and hybrid cloud adoptions.

All that heterogeneous talk sounds good. But let's face it, no matter which way you try to slice it, VMware is still the dominant player in the server virtualization market. But if the world is shifting to a more heterogeneous virtualization environment, as Semple suggests, VKernel wants to be ready to help manage it. As well as adding support for the obvious choice of Microsoft Hyper-V, VKernel is looking further down the road by announcing Q4 support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV).

"Red Hat is a niche player according to Gartner," said Semple. "But what was interesting was their prediction that Red Hat would move to visionary as they expand their vision for virtualization especially with their new CloudForms vision and creation of the Open Virtualization Alliance."

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