At the same time, the software can examine how storage resources are allocated to virtual machines, preventing storage overprovisioning, the company says. Other features include chargeback, change management and configuration management, as well as a number of other areas of VMware management.
Kevin Stephens, an infrastructure specialist with the Ohio State Department of Developmental Disabilities, which is beta-testing the product, says its capacity planning capabilities have been useful to his organization. The department has converted more than 90 percent of its servers to virtual during the last two years. "We were starting from scratch, without a load or the impact of an existing virtual environment," he says. "We didn't know what the theoretical maximum would be."
While VMware and other vendors had some capacity planning capability, "this new one, from what I've seen, actually gives you more detail about why it is your environment would fail, what environmental resources are lacking, and gives you clear resources you can take to your management: 'This is "what if" and what happens,'" he says.
The Columbus, Ohio-based Veeam, which is known for its virtualized backup and replication software for the VMware environment, has always focused on virtual management, compared with other systems management vendors that first specialized in physical systems, says Ratmir Timashev, CEO and founder. He said that this announcement is an attempt to catch up with VKernel, which added performance analysis functionality to its VKernel Capacity Management Suite software earlier this year. However, the Veeam product line covers a number of other management areas, as well as capacity planning, he says.