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ToutVirtual Touts Server Management

Startup ToutVirtual today unveiled a free monitoring product for users running VMware software, just days after the virtualization giant overhauled its own pricing models in an attempt to woo users. (See ToutVirtual Manages VMWare and VMware's Virtual Appetizer.)

ToutVirtual unwrapped the beta version of its ShieldIQ Standard Edition middleware, which monitors VMwares Player, Workstation, and GSX Server offerings. ShieldIQ gives users a bird’s eye view of complex virtual environments that often share CPU, memory, and disk resources across a slew of applications.

According to ToutVirtual, a problem on a single application can quickly spread to other applications. This could be, for example, when one virtual machine suddenly starts to consume a large amount of CPU or memory, starving other virtual machines of resources. Vipul Pabari, ToutVirtual’s CTO, told Byte and Switch that the startup’s middleware can automatically reallocate these resources.

But Pabari thinks ToutVirtual’s selling point will be its flexibility. The exec plans to extend support to Microsoft’s Virtual Server in the next couple of quarters, followed by VMware’s other rival, Virtual Iron, and possibly Xen.

Stephen Elliot, research director at analyst firm IDC, has found that users are certainly struggling with virtualization. “Where the complications happen are with management, the staff impact, and the process changes that take place. There’s definitely an addressable need that these guys are trying to fill.”

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