VKernel Announces Free Storage Latency Assessment Tool For VMware

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StorageVIEW 1.0 Identifies Top Storage I/O Latency Issues In VMware Environments Including Those Using NFS

Ensuring proper storage performance is a big part of this capacity management problem.

VKernel, the #1 Provider of Capacity Management Solutions for virtual environments announced today the immediate availability of a free storage assessment tool, VKernel StorageVIEW 1.0. The new desktop assessment tool quickly and easily identifies the top five host/datastore pairs and their associated VMs with the highest storage I/O latency in a VMware environment. StorageVIEW 1.0 supports SAN, iSCSI and NFS shared storage environments. StorageVIEW 1.0 joins other free assessment tools CapacityVIEW and AppVIEW to create a family of easy to download, easy to install, desktop tools that VM administrators can use for quick diagnostic views into their virtualized infrastructure.

Proper capacity management entails allocating sufficient storage capacity, cpu and memory to a VM while also ensuring the VM is receiving needed storage I/O. Despite many years of VM adoption, capacity induced storage problems continue to plague many virtual environments. Especially for environments using NFS shared storage, the lack of visibility for basic storage I/O causes needless application performance problems and finger pointing between storage and system administrators.

StorageVIEW 1.0 is designed to assist these VM administrators with a free to use, simple to download, 6 MB desktop tool that provides near instant visibility into the top five host/datastore pairs and their associated VMs with the highest latency. StorageVIEW 1.0 supports SAN, iSCSI and NFS protocols. Support for NFS is accomplished using newly developed capacity management algorithms developed in VKernel’s R&D center.

“As virtualization initiatives expand beyond IT owned applications to more mission critical applications, proper capacity management is critical to success”, says Mark Bowker, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Ensuring proper storage performance is a big part of this capacity management problem and one that virtualization administrators should consider to help accelerate the next wave of adoption.”

“VM administrators need quick assessment tools to help them uncover potential problems in their virtualized environment,” says Alex Bakman, CTO and Founder, VKernel. “We developed StorageVIEW for just this purpose. It’s ease of use, ease of deployment and support for NFS latency will make it a great addition to any system administrator’s toolkit.”

StorageVIEW 1.0 is available now for immediate download at http://www.vkernel.com/download/storage-view

StorageVIEW 1.0 will be featured in a webinar hosted by CTO Alex Bakman entitled “How to Identify and Solve Storage I/O Latency Issues in VMware”.

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VKernel is the #1 Provider of Capacity Management products for VMware and Microsoft virtualized infrastructures. Our 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 20,000 system administrators, the products have proven their ability to maximize capacity utilization, reduce virtualization costs and improve application performance.

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