As IT managers well know, a reporting tool is only as good as the information it delivers.
And when it comes to reporting on the virtual infrastructure, many IT managers find that available tools too often neither make good recommendations nor give any concept of the actual costs or potential cost-savings related to any particular action. But that's not the case with VMTurbo, whose full, high-value reporting tool not only recommends actions but provides the monetization perspective as well, says Philip Thomas, director of technical marketing at VMTurbo.
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And now, VMTurbo is making seven of its reporting capabilities available for free download as of today in what it's calling the VMTurbo Performance and Efficiency Reporter. "These aren't teasers, dumbed down or crippled in any way," says Thomas, who discussed the new reporting appliance as well as VMTurbo's overall strategy during a Webinar presentation earlier this week. The company already had made its VMTurbo Monitoring tool available on a complimentary basis.
VMTurbo CEO Shmuel Kliger explained the company's rationale by calling the monitoring dashboard and performance reports "really just table setters for IT management." More important is the ability to automate and optimize the virtual infrastructure, capabilities provided in the company's Virtualization Management Suite (recently mentioned by Gartner as a reason VMTurbo warranted a place in its recent "Cool Vendors in Cloud Management, 2011" report).
"Our value proposition," Thomas says, "is the ability to assure performance while maximizing efficiency and providing the capability to report and plan for the future."
As the name suggests, the new appliance provides both performance and efficiency reports.
The three performance reports are: Host/VM Utilization Heat Map, which delivers an at-a-glance indicator of workload as well as information for provisioning; Host Top CPU Ready Queue, which gives a detailed breakdown of the metrics surrounding CPU-ready states; and Storage Access IOPS, which delivers a raw ranked standing of the data stores in the environment so users can evaluate the suitability of the data store against the applied workload and potentially make a better allocation, the company says.
The remaining four reports fall under the efficiency label. They are: VM Over/Under Provisioning, Storage Wasted Allocations, Storage Allocated to Dormant VMs and VM Rightsizing Recommendation, which Thomas calls "a real cool one."
The rightsizing report makes configuration recommendations based on configurable thresholds and by analyzing specific time ranges for each VM. In other words, it gleans a VM's actual resource demands and then makes recommendations based on those.
IT managers can get the VMTurbo Performance and Efficiency Reporter reports on-demand or delivered via email on a scheduled basis, Thomas says. The appliance is available for download here.