Quest Introduces New vFundamentals Virtualization Management Suite

Quest Software, Inc. has announced the availability of vFundamentals, a new product suite that delivers backup, capacity planning and resource optimization for VMware virtual environments. vFundamentals is intended to enable virtualization administrators to grow their virtual environments knowing that critical assets are properly utilized and protected. The new bundle includes Quest vRanger Pro, a VMware backup, replication and recovery solution, as well as capacity management and optimization technology from VKernel's vOps Server Standard Edition.  VKernel was acquired in November 2011 by Quest.

According to Quest, vFundamentals was created to address the needs of small and mid-sized businesses and requires minimal customization and can be put into production quickly.

"Backup and recovery, capacity planning, and resource optimization are three of the biggest pain points SMBs encounter as they look to grow out their virtual environments," says John Maxwell, vice president, data protection product management, Quest Software. "With vFundamentals, Quest is leveraging its product portfolio to bring them a solution that addresses all of those challenges. Packaging VKernel's capacity planning and resource optimization capabilities with vRanger, Quest's market-leading VMware backup, replication and recovery solution, creates a comprehensive virtualization management bundle that delivers the simplicity and cost-effectiveness SMBs need."

vFundamentals, which has achieved VMware Ready status for vSphere 5, features a patented Active Block Mapping technology that reduces network payload and storage space requirements. In addition, its parallel job execution and dynamic resource management capabilities help users to scale with confidence.

VKernel's vOps Server Standard Edition, says Quest, can simplify capacity planning by enabling users to visualize multiple capacity issues at a glance; calculate remaining available VM slots; forecast future resource requirements and reserve capacity for planned deployments; and predict future capacity bottlenecks.

Enabling resource optimization, VKernel's technology also collects information directly from VMware's vCenter and analyzes thousands of data points across the entire virtual environment, giving users the ability to quickly and easily identify resource efficiency issues, make resource allocation recommendations, and safely and automatically resize virtual machines.

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