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October 9, 2013

Veeam MP eliminates single point of failure for virtualisation management

Enhanced fault tolerance enables Veeam MP to continue collecting data during failures.

By Claire Vanner

Data failures can be a great source of frustration to IT departments. The new Veeam Management Pack aims to ease the problems that come from technical faults by extending deep VMware monitoring, management and capacity planning to Microsoft System Center. The MP provides 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 Centre to manage the vSphere environment from a management platform they already use and know well.

"We’ve spent the last seven years developing management and data protection solutions for the modern data center," said Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam.

"More than 2,500 enterprise customers licensing more than 100,000 sockets depend on the Veeam MP to manage vSphere with Microsoft System Center, a management framework they already know and trust. And now that Veeam MP integrates with the number one data protection solution for virtualization, Veeam Backup & Replication, customers can use that same console to manage their backup infrastructure," he said.

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 automatically fails over and reconfigures so that data will be collected directly from vSphere hosts. When vCenter is restored, Veeam MP returns to the default data collection method without interruption. Enterprise IT need never worry that a failure in their virtual environment will cause monitoring failure.

"In the world of VMware monitoring, the name Veeam has become synonymous with quality," said Pete Zerger, Managing Principal Consultant with Infront Consulting Group. "When we talk to customers about monitoring VMware with System Centre 2012, there is Veeam and then there’s everyone else."

In addition, Veeam MP 6.5 integrates with Veeam Backup & Replication so that IT can manage the backup infrastructure directly from Microsoft System Centre, further unifying data centre 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 restorability.

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

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