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ZDNet Reviews Vizioncore vCharter Pro

If you have used Vizioncore's vCharter product in the past (or not), you should check out this ZDNet review of the latest incarnation of Vizioncore's vCharter Pro.  ZDNet writes:

This is a powerful performance monitoring and reporting system for servers running VMware ESX Server. Web-based dashboards show the resources in use by servers and their VMs, while the reporting module delivers printable reports of historical data.

Vizioncore's vCharter Pro provides comprehensive monitoring of alerts and resource utilisation for servers running VMware ESX Server and for the virtual machines (VMs) running on those servers.

If you're familiar with its predecessor, vCharter, forget everything you've seen before: vCharter Pro is not an upgrade — it's an entirely new implementation of much the same idea. Following the acquisition of Vizioncore by Quest Software, vCharter Pro runs on Quest Software's Foglight systems management platform.

The shift to Foglight has several advantages. First, Foglight is a web-based platform, so vCharter Pro can be accessed from any suitable browser via a LAN or VPN connection. Secondly, vCharter Pro is a truly multi-user system. User accounts can be allocated roles and permissions so that people can manage the systems relevant to their job.

vCharter Pro works only with VMware systems, but a forthcoming update will also handle systems based on Xen and Hyper-V. Currently the suit integrates only with VMware VirtualCenter for ESX Servers and cannot be used without it.

We tested vCharter Pro by installing it on a workstation fitted with 2GB of RAM, running Windows Server 2003 and VMware VirtualCenter 2.5. vCharter Pro cannot be hosted on a virtual machine (VM), according to Vizioncore.


Read the entire review, here.

Published Monday, July 07, 2008 6:06 AM by David Marshall
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