Veeam MP Connects Microsoft System Center with VMware for Extended Infrastructure Visibility

Veeam Software, a provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, has introduced Veeam Management Pack (MP) v6.5 for VMware.

Veeam MP extends VMware monitoring, management and capacity planning to Microsoft System Center, providing complete visibility of physical and virtual infrastructures and applications, all from one console. With Veeam MP, IT can leverage its existing investment in Microsoft System Center to manage the vSphere environment from a management platform.

Veeam Management Pack (MP) v6.5 for VMware provides visibility

“If a customer today has Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and they have VMware, they are not getting a complete picture of what is going on in their virtual infrastructure,” Doug Hazelman, Veeam vice president of product strategy, explained in an interview. “The Veeam Management Pack connects the VMware virtual infrastructure and puts all of that data into Systems Center Operations Manager and then the presentation is done through what is called the Management Pack.” According to Hazelman, Veeam Management Pack (MP) v6.5 for VMware provides visibility all the way from the application inside the VM down to the metal.

New version of the Veeam MP includes enhanced fault tolerance

The new version of the Veeam MP includes enhanced fault tolerance that eliminates single point of failure for monitoring. If vCenter goes down, Veeam MP v6.5 fails over and reconfigures so that data is collected directly from vSphere hosts. When vCenter is restored, Veeam MP returns to the default data collection method without interruption.

In addition, Veeam MP 6.5 integrates with Veeam Backup & Replication so that IT can manage the backup infrastructure directly from Microsoft System Center, further unifying data center management in a single console. After Veeam MP discovers the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, it can monitor a wide array of items including free disk space on proxy repositories, availability of WAN accelerators and backup proxies, and verification of virtual machine (VM) restorability. It can also monitor the status of backup jobs running on backup servers, including performance metrics for backup jobs, with alerts for failure and duration and much more. 

Veeam MP v6.5 also provides new configuration tracking and alert correlation for all vSphere objects to show IT precisely what has changed within the vSphere environment. If a problem arises around resources or capacity, IT will have a graphical correlation of events to help pinpoint the cause.

It is very common for organizations to have both Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and VMware, said Hazelman. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that VMware has been very successful in the enterprise. They are essentially the leading virtualization platform today.  And, Microsoft has done extremely well with System Center Operations Manager over the last several years and it is a very mature solution from an operational standpoint,” he added. “A lot of times, customers will have System Center Operations Manager looking at their physical infrastructure, their applications, and networking, so from an operational perspective they are using SystemCenter as their framework. But it is very common for these companies to then also have a VMware infrastructure.  The operations team might live in SystemCenter all day but they don’t have any idea what is going on in the virtual infrastructure - and that is really what we provide. We get rid of that black box.”

A free, 30-day trial of Veeam MP with full functionality is available for download. More information is available about Veeam Management Pack (MP) v6.5 for VMware.