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Veeam bolsters VMware reporting: News in brief

In today's news in brief, Veeam Software has tweaked Reporter 4.0 to better report on VMware environments; and other news in brief.

Veeam Reporter gets an update
The newly released Veeam Reporter 4.0, a virtualization management platform, includes several highlights, such as enhanced reporting, change management and capacity planning for VMware environments.

Integration with

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) enables these new features, said Doug Hazelman, Veeam Software Inc.'s senior director of product strategy. Previously, report generation was performed on a client, and could not be automated, he said. The integration also enables reports to be shared with other applications, such as Microsoft SharePoint, and other Veeam applications such as Veeam Monitor, Business View and nworks.

Veeam Reporter 4.0 also includes enhanced logging capabilties for improved compliance and troubleshooting capabilities. In addition to logging when a change occurred, Veeam Reporter 4.0 now also notes by whom changes were made.

Pricing for Veeam Reporter 4.0 remains unchanged at $375 per CPU.

Up.time monitors Amazon EC2 instances
For IT shops using public clouds, systems management software provider Uptime Software Inc. has updated its software to monitor and report on workloads running in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), with other public cloud providers to follow.

Up.time 5.3 is now available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) image for monitoring and reporting on cloud-based workloads. In a second phase, the company will enhance the offering with cloud-specific performance metrics, and extend the service to cloud providers such as GoGrid and Rackspace.

Released today, up.time 5.3 also supporst NetFlow data, for better visibility into the kinds of traffic traveling over the network, and enhanced service-level agreement reporting. Pricing for up.time is $395 per Windows host, or $695 for hosts running Unix or VMware Inc.

CA Spectrum to manage Cisco UCS
CA will soon offer several management tools to recognize and manage Cisco Systems Inc.'s Unified Computing System (UCS), the converged server, networking and VMware virtualization platform. In a joint announcement, Cisco and CA announced that CA is working towards native integration of Cisco UCS in to three of its management tools: CA Spectrum Automation Manager, a provisioning product; CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager, for monitoring; and eHealth Performance Manager. CA will do this by leveraging the UCS Manager's API, which publishes 9,000 objects pertaining to the UCS in an open XML format.

CA is not the only systems management vendor to leverage the UCS Manager API, said Jackie Ross, Cisco vice president of marketing for the server access and virtualization group. To date, other management vendors to have used the API include BMC, EMC, HP, IBM Tivoli, Microsoft and Symantec. That said, "CA has taken advantage of a very broad range on [UCS] objects, spanning both its physical and virtual components," Ross said.

CA eHealth Performance Manager is expected to ship in June, while both the Spectrum tools should be available by the end of 2010.

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