VMworld 2012 is upon us and one of our tasks is to figure out which vendor’s booths to go see. With over 230 booths to choose from this is a daunting task. If you are interested in finding creative new solutions to your management, monitoring, deployment, security, data protection, and desktop management problems, this list will help you.
Virtualization Management Categories Defined
Here are the definitions of the eight virtualization management categories profiled below:
- Application Performance Management (APM) – APM is about the end-to-end and hop-by-hop (across application tiers) measurement of response time and the diagnostics required to pinpoint degradations in response time (or flat out failed transactions) in the applications themselves or in the supporting infrastructure. APM tools come in two varieties. Developer focused tools help developers (or DevOps teams) support custom developed applications in production by quickly identifying and diagnosing application code problems in production. Operations focused tools support every application in the environment (custom developed and purchased), and focus their diagnostics more on infrastructure issues that are impacting application performance.
- Operations Management – Operations Management is a broad category of products that are used to support the day-to-day performance, capacity and configuration management tasks that face virtualization administrators. While all of these products support vSphere, some support other hypervisors as well.
- Infrastructure Performance Management – IPM is APM for the infrastructure. It is all about the end-to-end and hop-by-hop latency of the infrastructure in support of the workloads running on the infrastructure. The thesis of this category is that in a virtual environment you cannot infer the performance of the infrastructure from resource utilization metrics, you have to measure it directly and continuously.
- Automated Server and Image Management – This category has come into its own this year. The focus is upon allowing you to automatically manage what runs on your servers (physical, virtual or cloud), update them at scale, and keep them consistent. Think of this category as BladeLogic Version 2.0.
- Cloud Management – Cloud Management is about building clouds on your vSphere infrastructure, and extending those clouds to other hypervisors, as well as to public cloud infrastructures.
- Virtualization Security – Virtualization Security is about protecting the infrastructure, the systems software, the middleware, the applications, and all data from unauthorized use or attacks.
- Virtualization Backup and Data Protection – Backup and Data Protection ensure that your data is always available for you (and no on else), irrespective of what failures or disasters have occurred in or to your IT environment.
- Desktop Virtualization – Desktop Virtualization is about using virtualization as a catalyst to combine the benefits of user flexibility and centralized management.
Your VMworld 2012 Short List
|Vendor||Product||Category||What Makes Them Special||New at VMworld 2012||Booth #|
|Application Performance Management|
|Aternity||Frontline Performance Intelligence Platform||Application Performance Management||Provides a unified view of end user experience management across physical, virtual, and mobile environments||Management of View end user experience through the correlation of PC-over-IP® (PCoIP®) latency with the actual business transaction response times and the VM image’s health.||329|
|ExtraHop Networks||Application Delivery Assurance
|Application Performance Management||Performance Management of every application in the environment across virtual and physical tiers with no agents||User application performance geo-mapping, solution bundles, and flex grids for virtualization management. Subscription pricing for virtual appliances.||2335|
|New Relic||RPM||Application Performance Management||SaaS delivered APM for Java, .NET, Ruby, PHP and Python applications||529|
|VMware||vFabric APM||Application Performance Management||Support for every application through a virtual appliance on a mirror port, and support for deep dive Java diagnostics via a Java agent|
|Astute Networks||ViSX||Operations Management||Simple to deploy network attached Flash Storage optimized for VMware and deployable by the VMWare Adminstrator||ViSX G4 High-Performance VM Storage Appliance||435|
|Cirba||Cirba||Operations Management||Sophisticated predictive analytics for controlling capacity, resource allocations and placements.||623|
|CloudPhysics||CloudPhysics||Operations Management||The CloudPhysics platform helps you make the best decisions in the face of continual change. We make the invisible visible – revealing otherwise hidden structures and relationships in your datacenter.||Launch of the CloudPhysics service.||Fusion-io 2201|
|Hotlink||SuperVISOR||Operations Management||Extends VMware vCenter to fully manage Hyper-V, KVM, XenServer, CouldStack and Amazon EC2 – no additional console required.||Management of EC2 and CloudStack from VMware vCenter||2422|
|Intigua||Intigua||Operations Management||Virtualizes your Management Agents so that their impact is minimized and so that they are easily managed at scale||428|
|ManageEngine||IT360||Operations Management||Agentless monitoring for applications and servers along with single pane of glass view across physical, virtual and cloud IT infrastructure.||Privileged password management for VMware vSphere, capacity planning reports and automated resource optimization for virtualization software.||2340|
|PHD Virtual||Virtual Monitor||Operations Management||End to end virtual infrastructure monitoring for vSphere and XenServer & XenDesktop environments.||314|
|Reflex Systems||Virtualization Management Center||Operations Management||Real-time, streaming data analysis including customizable analytics, charts and graphs that give enterprises extremely granular visibility and pure data fidelity for managing virtual infrastructure.||Reflex and ExtraHop partner to drive IT automation in virtualized datacenters and cloud infrastructure by delivering integrated infrastructure and application context to performance management.||517|
|Splunk||Splunk App for VMware||Operations Management||Unlock the value of vSphere data and get granular performance management and analysis, as well as security reporting and monitoring, complete operational visibility and capacity analytics.||The new Splunk App for VMware||1909|
|VKernel||vOps Manager||Operations Management||Provides control over virtual environments and cloud deployments with analytics, advice and automation||Performance impact modeling for environment changes, Automated environment change implementation, VM issue diagnosis screen for all problems affecting a VM, VMware vCloud Director integration||607|
|VMTurbo||Operations Manager||Operations Management||Ability to guarantee resource allocations based upon workload priorities||
Integrated configuration management with OpenStack
|VMware||vCenter Operations||Operations Management||Automated operations management solution with self-learning analytics, application awareness and integrated performance, capacity and configuration management for virtual and cloud infrastructure.||Full transaction tracing and Closed loop integration from provisioning to monitoring to auto scaling (In Beta)||CAP1|
|Zenoss||Service Dynamics||Operations Management||A single product that delivers end-to-end service assurance for real-world, hybrid IT that spans physical, virtual and cloud-based infrastructure.||
|Infrastructure Performance Management|
|Gigamon||GigaVUE Fabric Manager||Infrastructure Performance Management||Gigamon empowers infrastructure architects, managers and operators with visibility into the physical and virtual networks without affecting the performance or stability of the production environment.||GigaVUE-FM provides the platform to manage distributed GigaVUE-VM virtual fabric nodes on virtual and physical infrastructures.||1716|
|Virtual Instruments||VirtualWisdom|| Infrastructure Performance Management
||Real time, Deterministic and Comprehensive Health and Latency Metrics from the VM to the LUN||
|Xangati||Xangati Management Dashboard (XMD) Suite||Infrastructure Performance Management||Live and continuous tracking of infrastructure performance health (server+hypervisor, storage and network). Problems identified within first hour of install.||StormTracker: Industry’s first solution to track and anticipate transient, performance storms that fly under the radar of conventional monitoring solutions.||2413|
|Puppet Labs||Puppet||Automated Server and Image Management||IT automation software that gives system administrators the power to easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage infrastructure changes, on-premise or in the cloud.||The Puppet integration service for VMware vFabric Application Director provides customers with the productivity and agility benefits of software-defined infrastructure.||2323|
|Opscode||Chef||Automated Server and Image Management||Chef is an open-source systems integration framework built specifically for automating the cloud.||Integration of Opscode Chef with VMware vCloud Director as well as vCloud integrations with Terremark and Bluelock, enabling users to deploy and automate vCloud infrastructure in private/public clouds.||2431|
|rPath||Cloud Engine||Automated Server and Image Management||Automate the assembly, provisioning and change of OS platforms, middleware platforms and entire application stacks to deploy, not in weeks, but in minutes||Unveiling of ECAF model removes chaos from cloud transformation & plugs IT pros into power of cloud with positive business results. Pragmatic approach embeds need for standardization & guides journey.||2441|
|Cloupia||Unified Infrastructure Controller||Cloud Management||A multi-hypervisor and multi-cloud provisioning and management solution that provides physical and virtual infrastructure control, management and monitoring||Unified Converged Infrastructure Orchestration Solutions – FlexPod & VSPEX||100|
|DynamicOps||Cloud Suite||Cloud Management||Management of private, hybrid, and public clouds across multiple hypervisors and virtual/physical infrastructures||Just got acquired by VMware||512|
|Embotics||V-Commander||Cloud Management||Private Cloud In a Box – Deployed in Less than One Hour||IT as a Service functionality: Request multiple virtual or physical assets from a single entry in the service catalog.||616|
|ManageIQ||EVM Suite||Cloud Management||Enterprise cloud management solutions that enable IT services to be easily provisioned and managed across physical, virtual, private and public cloud infrastructures.||Major new release announcement with support for hybrid clouds including leading public clouds like Amazon and Rackspace.||506|
|Virtustream||XStream||Cloud Management||A cloud for business critical, performance critical and mission critical applications like SAP||xStream software GA for enterprises, service providers and governments: private, public and hybrid cloud management for existing hardware/virtualization with security and legacy application SLAs||NetApp Booth 1402|
|AFORE Solutions||CloudLink||Virtualization Security||AFORE’s CloudLink® provides encryption for active Cloud Storage and Virtual Hosted Applications. CloudLink® protects mission critical data while managing security compliance and service performance.||AFORE’s announces: CloudLink® 2.0 – Secure Virtual Storage Appliance; CloudLink CX Encryption of End-User Data in VDI and Virtual Hosted Apps; CloudLink Achieved Secured by RSA® Partner Certification||2428|
|HyTrust||HyTrust||Virtualization Security||HyTrust empowers organizations to virtualize more by delivering enterprise-class controls for access, accountability, and visibility to their existing virtualization infrastructure.||2129|
|Trend Micro||Deep Security &
|Virtualization Security||Trend Micro Incorporated, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with Internet content security and threat management solutions.||1123|
|Symantec||Critical System Protection
||Virtualization Security||Critical System Protection w/vSphere integration. CSP adds an multi-layer security to critical systems such as VMware vCenter as well as enforcement of security hardening of vSphere.||Deep Security 9 offers better protection, performance & ROI for virtual servers & desktops & with our new Trend Ready program you can confidently pick a Deep Security compatible cloud service provider.||909|
|Backup and Data Protection|
|Quantum||vmPro||Virtualization Backup||Quantum addresses data protection and big data management, providing specialized storage solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments to maximize the value of data.||2017|
|Veeam||Veeam Backup & Replication||Virtualization Backup||VM admins like Veeam because it’s fast, reliable and easy to use. Eliminates headaches of traditional backup, including agents, backup job failures and multiple backups. 100% virtualization-focused.||Restore VMs from SAN snapshots. Fast: < 2 min. Flexible: Individual VMs, guest files or Microsoft Exchange items. Free: worry-free, agent-free and literally free (included in upcoming 6.5 release).||1709|
|Zerto||Virtual Replication||Virtualization Backup||Zerto, VMworld Best of Show 2011 winner, provides the only hypervisor-based business continuity/disaster recovery solution for business-critical application protection in virtual & cloud environments.||Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0 is Live – featuring multi-site replication and secure multi-tenancy. Plus, over 35 Cloud Providers begin offering cloud Disaster Recovery services powered by Zerto.||624|
|Appsense||User Virtualization Platform||Desktop Virtualization||AppSense reduces IT complexity and enables enterprise consumerization with independent management of the user experience across all mobile devices and desktops.||301|
|Citrix||XenApp, XenDesktop, & XenClient Enterprise||Desktop Virtualization||With cloud, collaboration, networking and virtualization technologies, Citrix powers mobile workstyles and cloud services, making complex enterprise IT simpler and accessible for 260,000 organizations||735|
|Desktone||Desktone Cloud||Desktop Virtualization||Desktone delivers the industry’s only multi-tenant desktop virtualization platform for service providers to offer Desktops as a Service (DaaS).||Dell/Wyse, NaviSite, Quest Systems & NetApp will be demoing DaaS built on the Desktone platform. In addition, Desktone will discuss support for VMware View 5 user experience features including PCoIP.||2330|
|Liquidware Labs||Stratusphere FIT, IXD, UX & ProfileUnity||Desktop Virtualization||Liquidware Labs™ offers an integrated set of solutions to support the complete desktop transformation lifecycle for migration to next-generation “anytime, anywhere, any device” desktops.||ProfileUnity with FlexApp combines virtualized deployment of department and user applications with full-featured user virtualization for ultra-manageable desktops with best TCO.||2536|
We wish you safe travels to and from VMworld 2012 and a great show. The one certainty is that the virtualization and cloud landscapes will be different after VMware and all of the vendors in the ecosystem make their announcements next week. VMware’s new Software Defined Data Center strategy is going to usher in a set of changes as profound as those precipitated by virtualization itself – and that entire journey lies in front of us.