Veeam Software, provider of backup, replication and virtualization management services for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, has announced Veeam Management Pack (MP) v6.5 for VMware.

Veeam MP extends deep VMware monitoring, management and capacity planning to Microsoft System Center, providing complete visibility of physical and virtual infrastructures and applications, all from one console. With VeeamMP, IT can leverage its existing investment in Microsoft System Center to manage the vSphere environment from a management platform they already use and know well.

"We've spent the last seven years developing management and data protection solutions for the modern data center," said Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam. "More than 2,500 enterprise customers licensing more than 100,000 sockets depend on the Veeam MP to manage vSphere with Microsoft System Center, a management framework they already know and trust. And now that Veeam MP integrates with the No. 1 data protection solution for virtualization, Veeam Backup & Replication, customers can use that same console to manage their backup infrastructure."

Veeam claims that the new version of the Veeam MP includes enhanced fault tolerance that eliminates single point of failure for monitoring. If vCenter goes down, Veeam MP v6.5 automatically fails over and reconfigures so that data will be collected directly from vSphere hosts. When vCenter is restored, Veeam MP returns to the default data collection method without interruption. Enterprise IT need never worry that a failure in their virtual environment will cause monitoring failure.

In addition, Veeam MP now integrates directly with Veeam Backup and Replication, allowing organisations to monitor and manage their virtual infrastructure using Microsoft Systems Center. This enables them to control their entire IT environment through one dashboard.

After Veeam MP discovers the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, it can monitor a wide array of items including free disk space on proxy repositories, availability of WAN accelerators and backup proxies, and verification of virtual machine (VM) restorability. It can also monitor the status of backup jobs running on backup servers, including performance metrics for backup jobs, with alerts for failure and duration and more.

It also packs new tracking and alert capabilities that allow users to see more clearly exactly what changes happen in the VMware environment. 

"Once in a while you work on something which is so cool that you have to share it. For me, that's Veeam MP," said Cameron Fuller, Corporate Practice Lead for System Center for Catapult Systems (a Veeam Gold ProPartner), and co-author of numerous books on Microsoft System Center in the Unleashed series. "The undersized and oversized reports in the Veeam MP are especially useful. By changing our allocation of resources, we were able to free up capacity and increase performance for systems which were under-resourced."

Pricing for Veeam MP v6.5 starts at £378.40. A free, 30-day trial of Veeam MP with full functionality is also available for download.