VKernel SearchMyVM Selected as Top 10 Free Virtualization Tool

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“Google-Like Search” of VMs, Noted by Industry-Leading Bloggers as Key VMware Environment Capability, Available For Free With SearchMyVM Virtual Appliance

“Haven't you always wanted to let other people do their own searches so you aren't being bothered with generating reports all day? This application will free up some of your time," Kendrick Coleman.

VKernel, the award-winning provider of enterprise-class performance and capacity management products for virtualized data centers and cloud environments, announced today that VKernel’s SearchMyVM has been selected as one of KendrickColeman.com’s Top 10 Free VMware vSphere Tools and Utilities for 2011. KendrickColeman.com is widely considered to be the authoritative industry index of all free tools and utilities for virtualized environments. The site currently lists and analyzes nearly 70 free tools of which, SearchMyVM was selected for the top 10.

VKernel’s SearchMyVM, which in its release in September 2008 was noted by VMBlog.com for providing a “Google-like search” of VMs in a virtualized environment, was selected to this list based on an encore VMworld 2011 presentation that showcases useful free products for VMware environments by Kendrick Coleman and David Davis of VMwareVideos. This free tool is available for download at http://www.vkernel.com and makes it easy to search for VMs that fit specific criteria.

As virtualized environments grow to hundreds or thousands of virtual machines, finding individual VMs, or attempting to identify which VMs share certain traits, becomes difficult and time-consuming. Virtualization administrators must eyeball data within VMware vCenter, or download data sets and manipulate these in a spreadsheet to gain the necessary insights into which VMs in an environment fit certain criteria. Manually, the VM search process can take minutes or even hours for each query that is sought. Because virtualized environments are dynamic and change frequently, this search process must then be repeated in real-time each time a virtualization administrator requires specific environment information.

VKernel’s SearchMyVM completely automates the VM search process, allowing VM administrators to find specific VMs in an environment in seconds. As Kendrick Coleman states in his Top 10 Free tools list, “Haven't you always wanted to let other people do their own searches so you aren't being bothered with generating reports all day? This application will free up some of your time.”

Delivered as a virtual appliance, SearchMyVM indexes an environment’s virtual machines, hosts, clusters, storage, resource pools, files, snapshots, VMware tools, applications, log entries, and configuration information. Virtualization administrators can type in ad hoc search terms or run pre–built queries that identify subsets of virtual objects such as:
    Virtual machine (VM) snapshots
    Number of specific vendor or hardware model deployed
    VMs running Windows 2000 Server
    VMs that failed to vMotion

“We’re excited to have VKernel SearchMyVM recognized as a top free virtualization tool,” said Bryan Semple, Chief Marketing Officer at VKernel. “SearchMyVM can help VM administrators save minutes to hours of manual lookup every time a ‘Google-like search’ is run. Because this tool is free and easy to deploy, SearchMyVM can quickly provide value to any VMware environment.”

VKernel’s SearchMyVM free tool is available for download at http://www.vkernel.com/download/search-my-vm. Additionally, a free 30-day trial of vOPS Reporting & Chargeback - which includes a VM Directory that allows VM administrators to build custom reports of VMs in an environment based on multiple criteria - is available at http://www.vkernel.com/products/reporting-and-chargeback/overview.

About VKernel
VKernel is the number one provider of capacity management products for virtualized data centers and cloud environments. The company’s powerful, easy-to-use and affordable products simplify the complex and critical tasks of planning, monitoring and predicting capacity utilization and bottlenecks. Used by over 50,000 system administrators, the products have proven their ability to maximize capacity utilization, reduce virtualization costs and improve application performance.


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