New vOPS Server Explorer 6.3

A new version of vOPS Server Explorer is being launched today by vKernel (who were acquired by Quest and subsequently Dell). The company have a history of releasing free tools to assist vSphere administrators and the new version of vOPS Server Explorer builds on this reputation by bringing in an additional subset of functionality from their commercial product (vOPS Server Standard). Of course, as a free tool, one of its aims is to prove its value and help generate sales of the full, commercial product. I don't think that should stop anyone trying it out though - you can't knock a free tool. I used one of vKernel's early tools to highlight a growing issue for a customer. So, what's new in this version? Environment Explorer This is … [Read more...]

Chatting with vKernel at VMworld US 2012

Whilst at VMworld 2012 this year, I stopped by our friends at vKernel / Quest to chat with fellow vExpert Mattias Sundling about the show and some of the announcements from VMworld sessions. If you are viewing on a mobile device, please click here: Several other interviews have been posted from the show, check them out here: … [Read more...]

vOPS Server Explorer – New Feature Released

vKernel have released a number of free tools over the years and their acquisition by Quest Software last year hasn't stopped them. Today vKernel have released a new version of their vOPS Server Explorer product that has integrated their SearchMyVM tool. So, not only can you have the health of your virtual infrastructure monitored, it's now easier to search too. vOPS Server Explorer is a virtual appliance that collects metrics from VMs in a virtual infrastructure. These metrics are analysed so that the performance, capacity and efficiency health of all VMs, datastores and hosts in the environment can be visualised. The SearchMyVM component indexes virtual machines, hosts, clusters, resource pools, files, snapshots, VMware tools, … [Read more...]

Quest buys vKernel

There's no doubt about it, Quest have made a lot of acquisitions. I've previously worked for a company that was acquired a few years ago (although admittedly it happened after I had left). I'm still trying to work out how significant this purchase is. Quest undoubtedly have a big presence and their ownership of vKernel will probably help the latter out. I'm going to re-familiarise myself with both companys' products lines as I'm interested to see if there are any overlaps or where the possible gaps are. See vKernel's announcement of the acquisition here. … [Read more...]