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VKernel Launches New API to Enable Capacity Intelligence for Data Center Operations
VKernel, the award-winning provider of enterprise class performance and capacity management products for virtualized data centers and cloud environments, announced today announced today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, general availability of the new VKernel vOPS API. The API allows virtualized data centers to integrate the capacity intelligence generated by VKernel’s Capacity Analytics Engine™ into external systems such as help desks, ticketing systems, billing applications, self-service portals, reporting frameworks and systems management consoles. Supporting the API is VKernel’s new Capacity.LINK developer program, also announced today.

Performance and capacity intelligence data is critical for multiple workflows during VM provisioning, deployment, maintenance and retirement for both cloud operators and internal IT environments. Access to this data by the various IT systems performing these workflows is necessary to enable any level of cross-system automation. Sample use cases that can take advantage of capacity intelligence data include:

  • Adding resource usage statistics to finance systems for automated billing.
  • Providing capacity bottleneck information to ticketing and application performance monitoring systems for troubleshooting application performance problems.
  • Validating available capacity to support self-service deployment portals.
  • Reserving future capacity to support IT orchestration engines.
  • Supporting executive management with capacity trending and utilization information inserted into IT dashboards.

The new vOPS API is designed to support these use cases by providing both third party and internally built applications with capacity intelligence information. Delivered as a REST-based application, the vOPS API gives web services access to all VKernel data such as:

  • VM performance issue root cause diagnosis, impact analysis and remediation steps
  • Available VM slot counts for particular application types
  • Capacity reservations for future VM deployments
  • Billable amounts for IT resource usage and allocations
  • VM sizing recommendations for memory, CPU, and storage
  • Abandoned VMDKs, templates, snapshots, powered-Off VMs and Zombie VMs

“We see a lot of potential for streamlining virtualization management operations with the VKernel vOPS API,” says Frank Shepherd, Infrastructure Engineer at Peak 10, a leading cloud and managed services provider. “Integrating VKernel’s capacity management and performance data would not only help our data centers become more efficient, but could also allow us to enhance service offerings that will add further support for our customers.”

In addition to announcing the availability of vOPS API, VKernel also announced today its new Capacity.LINK developers program. Designed to support customers and partners implementing VKernel data integration initiatives, Capacity.LINK allows customers and partners to join the program for access to the API, documentation and support.

“Windows Server Hyper-V customers will benefit from gathering the capacity management data that VKernel’s new vOPS API provides,” said Mike Schutz, Senior Director of windows Server Marketing at Microsoft Corporation. “The vOPS API and VKernel’s support through the Capacity.LINK program make it easy to integrate and access additional capacity management data with Microsoft’s System Center management suite.”

“Capacity management is critical for large scale virtualized environments and private cloud infrastructure as a service,” said Alessandro Perilli, Research Director, Gartner. “As the virtualized data center grows, integration between capacity management and existing enterprise systems such as provisioning, ticketing, billing and reporting is fundamental to maintain the efficiency improvements gained through virtualization.”

General Availability
The vOPS API is packaged within the VKernel vOperations Suite™ 3.5 which is available for a 30-day trial from www.vkernel.com. Pricing starts at $299 per socket per application. The Capacity.LINK program is available for all VKernel partners and customers. Partner enrollment is available at http://www.vkernel.com/partners. VKernel will showcase the vOPS API at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Booth #1222, July 10-14, Los Angeles, CA.

Published Thursday, July 14, 2011 5:47 AM by David Marshall
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