Virtualisation management specialist Veeam Software has integrated its Veeam Reporter discovery tool with its Business View product, used to assign virtual machines to particular business departments.

The newly-released Veeam Reporter 4.0 will provide enterprises with a single product for enterprise reporting, change management and capacity planning for their virtual environment, claimed Veeam.

Veeam Reporter 4.0 offers Enterprise Reporting, a new engine, based on Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). This will allow users to access reports via a web-based interface. SSRS is very scalable and easily accommodates many simultaneous users.

Other additional features include Improved change management reports, including new audit information for changed objects, enabling users not only to see what changed but who made that change, and better capacity planning.

"While server virtualisation provides multiple compelling business benefits, it also adds complexity, which creates management challenges," said Ratmir Timashev, Veeam president and CEO. "Veeam Reporter addresses these challenges. With one solution, users can discover and document the virtual environment, manage change, and perform capacity planning."

The new product received a sign of approval from Gartner. "Virtualisation can provide significant benefits, but, as with every new technological innovation, there are new challenges that can arise, especially as we see virtualisation moving more rapidly into production," said Gartner Research vice president Cameron Haight. "Nowhere is this trade-off more apparent than with respect to IT operations. In this context, it isn't virtualisation per se that causes potential issues, but a lack of understanding between cause and effect, due to a lack of visibility. A clear view of relationships, configurations and dynamic changes across the virtual environment is essential."