The vCenter Operations Management Suite is ultimately about providing greater visibility to better manage the infrastructure and the applications that run on it. To help with that, VMware has created an even tighter integration between performance, capacity, and configuration management. And they've increased visibility all the way down to the underlying infrastructure and -- more importantly -- down into the individual virtual machine. This provides the ability to see change events that occur inside the VMs, not just at the host level. You can even model capacity to see its impact on future performance. This additional visibility can help maintain compliance, eliminate sprawl and configuration drift, and right-size infrastructure resources to reduce waste and maintain resource utilization efficiency.
The latest release also includes a new Application Awareness capability that can automatically discover and map the relationships and dependencies between applications and the infrastructure components that support them. Users of vCenter Operations Management Suite can get help with security management, impact analysis, disaster recovery planning, and datacenter and application migration projects.
The concepts behind vCenter Operations Management Suite are very much in line with what Microsoft has been promising to deliver with Microsoft System Center 2012. However, the Redmond giant is promising hypervisor-agnostic management and all-you-can-eat pricing for System Center while VMware is focused solely on VMware vSphere and has moved to a per-virtual-machine or "pay for consumption" based pricing model.
VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite starts off with a list price of $50 per VM for the Standard edition and goes up to $125 per VM for the Advanced edition and $195 per VM for the Enterprise edition. Unfortunately, where price is concerned, most customers in need of this type of product will probably be looking at the Advanced or Enterprise editions.
The per-VM pricing has been a point of contention with some existing VMware customers, but the company seems to have plans for moving more of its products over to this licensing model. Will this become a barrier to adoption for the virtualization giant? With competitive solutions like VKernel vOps charging $649 per socket, is VMware pushing companies into software bake-offs that might have otherwise not taken place?
This latest release of vCenter Operations Management Suite is available now. You can download a 60-day free trial to get started, and existing vCenter Operations 1.x customers can upgrade to the new version free of charge, according to VMware.
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