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Embotics V-Commander Boosts Virtual Machine Management

Embotics has announced version 3.7 of its V-Commander virtualization management software, which includes integration with VMsphere for improved configuration management and automated remediation of non-compliant virtual machines (VMs) that do not have the appropriate types of metadata defined. Other new features include customizable self-service VM request forms, and enhanced capacity and performance management capabilities, including bottleneck and rightsizing reports.

The company had said last August that it planned to ship a version supporting Microsoft's Hyper-V by the end of 2010, but while it has developed that software internally, it is not expected to ship until the first half of this year.

The initial plan was for Embotics to offer general availability of support for Microsoft's Hyper-V by last year, but based on customer requirements, the company decided to invest in capacity features instead and defer release of Hyper-V support, says Jason Cowie, VP of product management for the Ottawa, Canada, company. Embotics had believed 2011 would be the year of mass adoption of Hyper-V, but now believes that will be deferred to 2012, he says.

The VMsphere integration, provided through a VMware Infrastructure Client, means that vSphere users can launch V-Commander in context, so they no longer need to go into VMware Virtual Center (now known as VMware vCenter Server) to perform configuration functions, Cowie says. Instead, the company has been able to marry configuration and change management into Virtual Center using the same interface, he says.

Capacity management reports help prevent the "virtual sprawl" that can happen in virtualization environments. This virtual sprawl makes it difficult for an organization to track where its assets are, according to Cowie. In many organizations, for as many as 10 to 20 percent of the VMs, no one has a good understanding of where they are, their current state and whom their owners are. Cowie related the story of one organization that discovered it had $1 million in virtualization assets.

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