The University of Nottingham Chooses VKernel for VMware Environment Optimization

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Leading UK Research Institution Vastly Increases Virtual Machine Density with VKernel vOperations Suite™

As System Developer at The University of Nottingham Craig Place affirmed, “After attending a conference on virtualization, I learned that VKernel was way ahead of all others offering management software. So, it became the obvious choice for our needs.”

VKernel, the number one provider of performance and capacity management products for virtualized data centers and cloud environments, announced today that The University of Nottingham, a leading UK research university, has deployed the VKernel vOperations Suite for VMware capacity management. Nottingham joins a number of other colleges and universities from around the world using VKernel as their VMware management software solution.

The University of Nottingham is ranked within the top one percent of all universities worldwide with its placement at 73RD in the QS World University Rankings. Nottingham has campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China, with a staff of nearly 8,000 and over 40,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. To save money and reduce the university’s carbon footprint, Nottingham decided to consolidate and virtualize all servers into the data centers on its UK campus. Determined to find the product that could best support VM performance monitoring while servers were virtualized and also identify environment optimization opportunities, The University of Nottingham selected VKernel to provide virtualization management support. As System Developer Craig Place affirmed, “After attending a conference on virtualization, I learned that VKernel was way ahead of all others offering management software. So, it became the obvious choice for our needs.”

Implementing VKernel has helped Nottingham meet the business goals of its virtualization initiative. Specifically, the University of Nottingham has been able to correctly size VMs, freeing up resources to increase virtual server density. According to Place, “Rightsizing VMs using the VKernel software has given us a considerable amount of maneuvering room, and that has spared the university from facing some very expensive alternatives for growing our total capacity.” Additionally, VKernel identifies wasted data files that can be removed. The reclaimed capacity can then be redeployed to other virtual machines and can lead to significant savings and further server consolidation goals. As Place mentions, “I don’t think we would have been able to find as many files left on the environment to reclaim. In the last month alone, I’ve cleared off nearly 200 GB of storage. If we’re looking at roughly 20 GB per VM, that equates to several additional VMs that we can add. This helps us squeeze that last VM on to an ESX host without impacting performance.”

“We’re pleased to be able to support The University of Nottingham in achieving the goals that were set for their virtualization initiative,” says Eric Jackson, Vice President of Product Management at VKernel. “One of the main drivers for virtualization projects, such as the one Nottingham engaged in, is to reduce the overhead from maintaining multiple physical servers through consolidation. VKernel’s software has been designed to enable easy implementable recommendations on VM sizing, waste removal and optimal VM placement based on advanced analytics. Incorporating these capabilities into a virtualized environment allows VM administrators to more efficiently use existing hardware, increasing investment return from the virtualization project.”

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