Microsoft has developed System Center as a "single pane of glass" where system administrators can access aggregated information about their physical and virtual environments to monitor and report on their data center infrastructure. In particular for virtual environments, System Center can aggregate high-level monitoring across multiple hypervisors into one console.
The recently released System Center 2012 adds significant new functionality that supports data center management activities such as cloud deployment. However, while System Center does have visibility into VM data, providing performance and capacity management results derived from VM data analytics are characteristics of products in a separate category.
Such analytics are the core engine for virtualization management solutions and are necessary for in-depth performance and capacity management. It is these capabilities that vOPS Server, a virtualization management product, provides to Microsoft System Center via integration for VMs running on multiple hypervisors.
For those data centers that use Microsoft System Center to monitor both their physical and virtual environments and would like to expand their monitoring to cover more in-depth performance and capacity management capabilities, VKernel integrates VM alerting for VMware vSphere, Hyper-V and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) virtual machines into Microsoft System Center.
Specifically, this alerting provides alarms on existing or predicted VM performance or capacity issues into System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). This integration is accomplished with the use of Microsoft certified management packs that are auto-installed as part of the Microsoft System Center integration setup process.
The end result is that VM administrators can continue to use Microsoft System Center as their main monitoring console, and gain a feed of performance and capacity alerts from their virtual machines. This integration is available from previous versions of System Center up to the latest 2012 release.
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