For many professionals, Hyper-V 3 is changing the hypervisor game. Advances in VM size and density, storage improvements, etc. are driving consumers to either expand their virtual set-up or try out the latest version of Hyper-V included with Microsoft Server 2012®.
Critical to adoption of Hyper-V is use of the associated management tools from Microsoft, especially Virtual Machine Manager. But with all the great improvements Microsoft has made lately, many VM admins still depend on another Microsoft product when it comes to VM capacity management and planning: Excel®!
Unfortunately, spreadsheets can be both painful and error prone when it comes to planning your virtual future. This is where SolarWinds Virtualization Manager can be a great complement to your existing Microsoft environment.
Virtualization Manager provides both near-term capacity management with recommendations for right-sizing your VM environment (VMs, hosts, and clusters) as well as longer term Hyper-V capacity planning support with capacity trending and “what-if” modeling to evaluate various scenarios.
• “How many more VMs can I add to my existing environment?”
• “Is the bottleneck in CPU or Memory? In the host or the cluster?”
• “If I add memory, how many VMs could I add?”
Virtualization Manager can quickly answer all these questions and more when it comes to expanding your Hyper-V environment or adding new workloads to your existing VM infrastructure.
Virtualization Manager supports both Hyper-V and VMware®, which is especially useful if you are managing a heterogeneous virtual environment. You can evaluate what happens if resources are shifted from VMware to Hyper-V, or measure the effects of moving workloads from one environment to the other. This VMware to Hyper-V evaluation can be labor intensive and error prone if you are managing it with spreadsheets or disconnected tools.
For heterogeneous environments, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager can also provide unified virtual performance management, end-to-end environment mapping, VM sprawl control, and show-back/chargeback capabilities for understanding costs. If you primarily use the System Center suite of products for managing your Hyper-V environment, Virtualization Manager can be an economical approach to extending your management control. While an extremely powerful product, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager’s ease of use and extremely affordable price make it a very viable extension to a Microsoft-centric management system.
As many IT admins know, a product that is hard to learn and difficult to deploy can be a time killer and that results in downtown, incurring costs that easily rival the initial price of the software. Virtualization Manager’s auto-discovery capabilities, pre-populated dashboard, more than 50 out-of-the-box alerts, simple end-to-end mapping, and intuitive navigation make installing, deploying and using the product an incredibly simple process.
These features, along with the additional improvements included in the release on April 19, 2013, let users download and install Virtualization Manager typically in under an hour. Non-VM experts can easily step in to monitor the environment without a long learning curve, so it is not an emergency every time your primary VM admin is out of the office or unavailable.
Combine that with a starting price of about $375 (USD) per managed socket (in a package of 8 sockets), and it is easy to get your VP or CFO on-board with the solution. If you are building out a Hyper-V environment with Microsoft Systems Center, it only makes sense to see how easy it is to extend your management capabilities with Virtualization Manager. Download and try the fully-functioning product with a free 30-day trial (preferably using the new version on or after April 19th), or find out more here on the product page.