Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Virtualization Management, VMware
I recently had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the upcoming release of Reflex System’s Virtual Management Center. Reflex Systems is set to launch its new version in a few weeks. Virtual Management Center reflects their recent company and product name change and has added performance monitoring and reporting to their product. Previously, their product was focused on network monitoring and reporting.
Reflex Systems has added real-time and historical performance monitoring for memory, disk, CPU, networking and more, and it presents this data in a much more attractive and usable interface then vCenter Server. In addition, Virtual Management Center has some cool features that let you automatically correlate performance data with events and changes that have taken place in the environment. It overlays the event/change data on top of the performance graphs so you can get a visual indicator of where changes were made and their effect on system performance.
This can be very useful when troubleshooting a problem as you could quickly pinpoint a specific change that may have caused it.
The performance data is displayed in various graphs and you have the ability to overlay different data (i.e. CPU, disk, etc.,) on top of other data charts so you can easily spot trends and correlations among different resources. There are many custom and ad-hoc reports that you can run on this data, and you can export it to a website or a variety of other formats. You can also do a historical comparison of the performance data and compare data between different VMs.
It appears that Reflex Systems is not resting on its laurels after winning Best of Show at VMworld 2008. The new product has many new useful features. I look forward to trying it when it is available.