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WhatsUp Gold Virtualization Monitoring is a virtualization management product that allows IT administrators to manage VMware-based virtual environments -- the company recently announced support for Hyper-V. Virtualization Monitoring is not an independent product, and is sold as a plug-in to its parent program, WhatsUp Gold. It makes use of the VMware application programming interface and is therefore able to communicate with VMware ESXi servers versions 3.5 - 5.0. Virtualization Monitoring uses a single dashboard to allow administrators to monitor their virtual environment from one interface.
Virtualization Monitoring can discover, map and document physical servers, virtual clusters, vCenter servers and VMware ESXi virtual machines. Its monitoring unit keeps track of health, availability, performance, and resource consumption for virtual machines and hosts. It also allows admins to track virtual machine (VM) migrations in real time, and offers a dynamic LiveMaps module that allows administrators to drill down into their virtual data center.
Virtualization Monitoring comes with a series of out-of-the-box reports, including virtual host lists, virtual host attributes and virtual clusters. For example, the Virtual Host List report tabulates the names and IP addresses of the ESXi host machine and all associated virtual machines. Host Attributes details host server details such as configuration, build number and boot time. It can also display individual server performance reporting, such as CPU, memory, disk and network utilization for virtual machines.
Virtualization Monitoring is sold as a plug-in for WhatsUp Gold. This means organizations must first purchase a WhatsUp Gold license -- which starts at $1,755 -- and then a Virtualization Monitoring license. The company does not disclose the cost of a Virtualization Monitoring license. However, both WhatsUp Gold and Virtualization Monitoring are available for a 30-day free trial.
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