But VMware doesn't have a monopoly on that realization: Traditional management vendors are trying to come up with their own solutions for managing and deploying cloud technologies. VMware is also forced to go up against members of its own partner ecosystem. Companies like SolarWinds -- who acquired Hyper9 for Virtualization Manager -- and Quest Software -- who acquired VKernel for vOperations Suite, or vOPS -- have been providing similar solutions to VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite for quite some time.
Having the right tool is important to getting IT over the hump and moving them along from thinking to actually deploying cloud technologies. "The VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite provides customers with greater visibility 'under the hood' of their infrastructures, and it provides the actionable intelligence customers need to optimize efficiency, enable compliance and proactively manage service levels," said Smoot.
The vCenter Operations Management Suite continues to build on many of the capabilities introduced last year with vCenter Operations 1.0. One key area is a new Operations Management dashboard that provides additional visibility into an organization's virtualized data center or private cloud environment. The dashboard gives a quick, at-a-glance view of the overall status of the environment with three "supermetrics" made up of health (current behavior and problems); risk (potential for future problems); and efficiency (how well your resources are being utilized).
If a problem is identified, VMware's new Smart Alerts can provide a proactive warning for an emerging health, performance, or capacity issue. And automated root cause analysis can help identify the offending metric across all layers of the infrastructure, allowing an administrator to resolve the problem before it impacts the end user.