Embotics vCommander 3.7

Self-service tool helping organizations manage their virtual infrastructure
Written by Dan Kusnetzky, Contributor

Embotics is at it again. They've enhanced their vCommander and have extended their customers' ability to manage their virtual infrastructure.

Here's what Embotics has to say about vCommander 3.7

The new V-Commander 3.7 provides an end-to-end solution to manage virtual infrastructures (VIs) and private clouds efficiently and cost-effectively. It builds on Embotics’ established and proven real-time, policy-driven architecture and delivers an all-in-one package that enables enterprises to quickly and easily control virtual machine (VM) deployments, identify bottlenecks, manage capacity and optimize configurations to improve VM performance.

New functionality in this release includes:
Enhanced capacity and performance management capabilities, including new bottleneck and rightsizing reports.

  • Generate high-level and granular information to manage capacity and performance based on real-time and historical data. Rightsizing reports include summary, storage, memory and CPU. Idle VM reports show Low CPU, Disk I/O and Network I/O. Bottleneck reports include CPU, memory, disk and network.

Automated remediation of non-compliant VMs, driven by flexible user-defined business policies.

  • Create policies to specify what metadata is required on a VM for it to be “documented” (i.e., compliant with mandated business processes). When non-compliant configurations are discovered, admins can set a grace period to give VM owners time to enter the data before the policy is activated.

Framework integration with vSphere, VMware’s infrastructure client

  • A new VMware vSphere plugin (VIC plugin) integrates V-Commander capabilities within vSphere to provide end-users with a unified management console. vSphere users can launch V-Commander in context and access important data about a VM such as expiry date and business owner.

Customizable Self-Service VM request form

  • Standardize the VM request process by enabling end-users to request VMs through a customizable web form.

Snapshot Analysis

I've posted about Embotics a number of times over the years (see Embotics V-Commander 3 and Computacenter, an Embotics customer profile for more information) and think that they have offered clever, innovative technology.

It is clear that if the IT administration staff don't see virtual machines, they won't be able to manage them. Embotics is one of a number of suppliers who offer tools that make this process easier.

Furthermore, the ability to set policies about virtual machine execution makes it possible for IT administrators to feel more comfortable using a virtual environment. So, vCommand 3.7 is likely to be a good addition to an IT administrator's tool set.

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