by Bill Valle

Dell Foglight for Virtualization and Storage Updated

Dell has announced Foglight for Virtualization Enterprise and Standard Editions 7.0 and Foglight for Storage Management 3.0 which facilitate virtualization, storage and cloud computing initiatives for small to large enterprises. Starting with Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 7.0, the software provides end-to-end performance monitoring and operations management for heterogeneous virtual environments in large corporate environments. This functionality reduces operational costs, speeds deployments and simplifies management of virtual and physical infrastructures. Also included is integration with Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange modules to provide performance analysis and advice across data center infrastructure.

New optimization functionality allows significant increase to consolidation ratios with improved visibility and analytics for right-sizing CPU, memory, and storage. Additional enhancements include:

  • VMware vCloud Director support for monitoring and optimization of private cloud implementations
  • VMware View support for end-to-end visibility into performance of VDI infrastructure (virtual desktop)
  • vSphere 5.5 support including all generally available VMware platforms

Foglight for Virtualization, Standard Edition 7.0, is designed for SMEs and provides insight into virtual environment performance and automated resource optimization, capacity planning, chargeback, showback, change analysis, and compliance. By analyzing existing VM workload requirements against the entire environment and identifying the minimum number of host servers required over time to safely support workloads, it can improve the efficiency of the VM data center.

Foglight for Storage Management 3.0 provides virtualization administrators with visibility into the underlying physical storage infrastructure beneath the virtual data stores, enabling them to identify hosts, VMs, and data stores experiencing performance problems caused by underlying physical host, fabric and storage components. The software gathers performance metrics and presents this data in a rich graphical interface with architectural diagrams, graphs, alerts, and drill-down screens for fast and easy identification of virtual and physical storage problems.

Pricing and Availability

Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 7.0 is priced at $799/physical socket in managed servers. Foglight for Storage Management 3.0 is priced at $499/socket. Foglight for virtualization, Standard Edition 7.0 operates as a standalone tool or can integrate with Dell Software’s Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition software and is priced at $399/physical socket in managed servers. These new offerings will be available for download from the Dell Software website on August 31.

Dell Foglight for Virtualization

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