Veeam Software has today announced the Veeam Management Suite for VMware, which it claimed has been designed to address many of the challenges faced by ESX administrators.

The product works with and extends VMware VirtualCenter to help simplify the management of virtual environments, according to the vendor.

The company claimed that the product's features include:

  • Reporting and documentation - Veeam Reporter automatically discovers and collects information about VMware Infrastructure 3, its components and configuration settings, including virtual machines, network, storage and VMotion. Reporter generates comprehensive reports in Visio, Excel, Word or PDF formats to help ESX administrators with configuration and change management. In addition, Reporter’s Storage Capacity Report helps administrators and datacentre managers with storage management, capacity planning and chargeback.

  • Performance monitoring and troubleshooting - Veeam Monitor is agentless and can monitor multiple ESX Servers and VirtualCenters. It provides single-screen detailed reporting and alerting of key usage and performance statistics by cluster, resource pool or virtual machine.

  • Configuration management - Configurator allows administrators to manage advanced settings and subsystems of multiple VMware ESX Servers without accessing the command line, writing scripts or manually editing configuration files. The GUI integrates with and extends the capabilities of VMware VirtualCenter.

“Virtualisation technology offers an opportunity to dramatically improve the flexibility and manageability of enterprise systems,” said Ratmir Timashev, Veeam Software president and CEO. “On the other hand, fast virtualisation adoption by medium and large enterprises creates new systems management challenges. These new virtualised environments call for different approaches, as well as new management tools. Traditional physical systems management tools simply aren’t designed to do it. Veeam has created the most comprehensive set of tools designed specifically for VMware ESX.”

“IT organisations that seek improvements in areas such as total cost of ownership as a consequence of implementing virtual server technology should take action to ensure that the management of this new shared services architecture doesn’t begin to eat into these savings,” said Cameron Haight, research vice president, Gartner. “IT operations personnel should seek out tools that not only provide the needed level of visibility, but ideally work to break down traditional management 'silos' to reduce integration costs and improve information sharing.”

The Veeam Management Suite for VMware is available immediately, and will be demonstrated next week at VMworld Europe in Cannes. Prices start at US$270 per socket.