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New Free Virtualization Tool from VKernel: Visualizes VM Performance and Capacity Health

VKernel, the award-winning provider of enterprise-class performance and capacity management products for virtualized data centers and cloud environments, environments, announced today general availability of vScope Explorer, the industry’s first free application specifically designed to visualize the performance and capacity health of a virtualized environment. This new application from VKernel provides health visualization capabilities similar to those available within VMware’s vCenter Operations Management Suite but at no cost.

Virtualization introduces significant management complexity into a data center’s server and storage operations. Virtual machines utilize shared resources, have a high degree of mobility, and are subject to misallocation of CPU, memory, network and storage resources. Assessing the performance and capacity health of these VMs, hosts, and datastores involves collecting, analyzing, and then interpreting large quantities of instrumentation data in real time.

vScope Explorer automatically analyzes this instrumentation data with the same patent-pending Capacity Analytics Engine used in the award-winning VKernel vOperations Suite. Results are presented as a visual summary that can fit thousands of virtual machines onto a single screen. A simple mouse-over shows the cause for the health alert on the impacted object. Specifically, vScope Explorer presents:

  • Performance health for all VMs and physical hosts in an environment.
  • Capacity health and impending performance issues for all physical hosts.
  • Resource efficiency of CPU, memory and storage for all VMs and datastores.

"vScope Explorer makes it easy to see the performance, capacity and resource efficiency status across a virtualized environment," says Kendrick Coleman of, which hosts an index of all free tools for virtualized environments. "This visibility makes it easy to spot when issues arise in a virtual environment, where they are, and what kind of issue it is. This makes vScope Explorer a great addition to any VM administrator’s free utility toolkit."

vScope Explorer presents health visualization capabilities similar to those available in VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite’s but at no cost to an end user. Furthermore, this free tool offers broader infrastructure coverage, faster time to results and greater scalability than VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite as vScope Explorer provides:

  • Multi-hypervisor support for Hyper-V VMs, hosts and datastores
  • Health assessments of VM and datastore resource efficiency
  • Visualization results in less than 24 hours after install

"Virtualized environments are dynamic and complex systems that are difficult to assess for issues, especially as these environments begin to grow," says Bryan Semple, Chief Marketing Officer, VKernel. "We are pleased to provide vScope Explorer as a free application to help virtualization administrators understand the performance, capacity and efficiency issues in their environment. With the ability to display the health for thousands of virtual machines at once on a single screen, virtualization administrators can quickly understand the health of their environment."

General Availability

VKernel vScope Explorer is available for download from vScope Explorer installs in minutes as a virtual appliance and is provided free of charge.

Published Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:45 AM by David Marshall
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