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SolarWinds Updates Virtualization Manager 6.2 and Integrates with Orion

The SolarWinds team has been busy behind the scenes working on their next iteration of Virtualization Manager 6.2.  And after visiting with them last week to see the final product, it proved to be time well spent.   

Along with some really new interesting features described below, the company also more firmly integrated its virtualization management product with its Orion Technology for even more comprehensive insight into IT infrastructure performance.  The integration also allows the insertion of critical virtualization data within SolarWinds' AppStack dashboard for even greater visibility into the health and performance of applications.  


So what is Orion technology? 

Orion is the unique platform technology that is the backbone of many SolarWinds solutions across network (performance, traffic, configuration, IP addresses, etc.), systems (servers and applications, storage) and beyond.  Orion collects data on the health of these various IT infrastructure components and displays the results in a common, easy-to-understand dashboard.  Monitoring functionalities include reporting and alerting and management functionalities include built-in remediation actions like starting/stopping processes, deleting snapshots, starting websites and more. 

With Orion modules for virtualization monitoring, SolarWinds allows IT pros to share critical performance metrics and data among other modules within Orion.  This information is also now visible in the AppStack dashboard, so that IT pros can see the status and relationships among website user experience, applications, servers, and virtual and storage infrastructure layers.  By having complete visibility from the array to the application, users are able to pinpoint the source of application performance issues in seconds.  

What is Virtualization Manager?

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager provides comprehensive VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V capacity planning, performance monitoring, VM sprawl control, configuration management, and chargeback automation.  With new integration into the Orion technology backbone and AppStack dashboard-enablement, Virtualization Manager shows the datastore level of detail that bridges the critical details from Storage Resource Monitor to Server & Application Monitor. 

What's new in 6.2?  

Some of the new features and improvements found in SolarWinds Virtualization Manager v6.2 include:

  • AppStack Environment view in the Orion web console, provides visibility into the relations existing between the different entities on your network (Identify the root cause of problems by quickly drilling into the app, server, virtual, and storage layers to troubleshoot performance issues).
  • Troubleshoot a virtual environment with visibility from a virtual machine all the way through the storage environment.
  • Orion functionality empowers users to take action on their virtual infrastructures (e.g., power on, power off, suspend and reboot a VM), allowing them to delegate operational tasks to non-virtual admins or teams (such as helpdesk) without providing access to a hypervisor.
  • Create and delete virtual snapshots from within the Orion console.
  • Added Co-Stop % Counter which can detect when too many vCPUs have been added to a VM thereby slowing its performance.
  • The Web-based alerting engine allows users to create custom alerts that can trigger scripts and actions when thresholds are met. 
  • Adds the ability to monitor the hardware health of nodes in the Orion web console.
  • New setting to control the content creation rights of non-administrator users.
  • Support for the vCenter Server Appliance.
  • Support for IPv6 addresses on the Virtualization Manager user interface.
  • Security fixes and more. 

Learn more about SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 6.2 -- Download a Free Trial or Watch an Interactive Demo





Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:07 AM by David Marshall
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