Virtual Management Tools

Virtual management tools simplify the process of managing IT resources for an environment that is virtualized. They monitor the performance of resources, optimize their utilization and assist with capacity planning, and make it easier to transfer applications across servers. They can also automate IT workflows and provide data to help to streamline processes.

There are a variety of virtual management tools available to use, such as those offered by hypervisor vendors themselves, such as VMware vCenter and Microsoft SCVMM. They usually concentrate on the smallest level of configuration changes that can be made to running VMs. Other products, such as those from VMware vCOPS or Citrix XenCenter, offer more advanced features, like the ability to monitor and troubleshoot, for a broader scope of virtualization.

Regardless of the features offered regardless of the features offered, most virtual management tools are created to complement the native hypervisor management tools rather than be a replacement for it. The right solution will depend on the company’s existing virtualization infrastructure and how it anticipates to evolve in future. It will also depend on perceived management needs.

The best virtual server software provides an extensive set of out-of-the-box monitoring options, including memory, CPU, and disk utilization for hosts and VMs. It also provides VM reports that highlight trends in usage, highlight trouble areas, and help you make accurate decisions regarding capacity addition. OpManager, for example, offers more than 70 standard VM reports to help determine what’s happening in your servers and provide the assistance you require. Try a free 30-day trial today and experience the virtual server management capabilities for yourself.