Vizioncore tool will soon manage Hyper-V and Xen

The management specialist finds that the popularity of Microsoft's and Citrix's products is growing

Vizioncore's management tool vFoglight will work with Microsoft's virtualization platform Hyper-V by the middle of the year and with Xen from Citrix by the end of the year, the company said Wednesday at Cebit.

At last year's Cebit, attendees only wanted to talk about VMware's products, but that has changed this year, according to Lothar Esser, channel manager at Vizioncore. That means there is also more demand for management tools for Hyper-V and Xen, he said.

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VFoglight, which was demonstrated in Vizioncore's corner of the Virtualization & Storage Forum at Cebit, is used for performance monitoring, capacity planning, and asset and configuration tracking.

Management has become more important as companies virtualize more of their systems, Esser said. One challenge is to track the movement of virtual machines. Features such as VMware's VMotion have made it easy to move virtual machines, but if they can't be located quickly, that can affect uptime negatively, Esser said.

Vizioncore isn't the only company at Cebit that is extending to include Hyper-V and Xen in its management tools.

ScriptLogic also plans to add Hyper-V and Xen to its Desktop Authority, which is used to configure virtual desktops, including application settings, patch management and power management. The company is not yet ready to say when Desktop Authority will cover Hyper-V and Xen, according to René Walther, a system consultant at ScriptLogic.

Vizioncore and ScriptLogic are both owned by Quest Software.

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