Quest Provides Set of Virtualization Management Solutions

Solutions help ensure application availability, performance, reliability.

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The IT landscape has changed dramatically. Virtualization has moved from proof-of-concept to mainstream production and now spans the organization, requiring a complete management solution that ensures application availability, performance, and reliability at high production volumes.

Virtualization management in this new landscape is serious business, and IT no longer can depend on disparate point products from multiple niche vendors to successfully implement and manage virtual environments. Quest Software recognizes this need and meets the challenges presented by today’s mature virtual infrastructure head-on, by delivering a complete, end-to-end virtualization management solution set.

According to a Gartner report dated March 4 2011 (<em>Virtual Machines Will Slow in the Enterprise, Grow in the Cloud</em> by Thomas Bittman and Lydia Leong), on an average, large enterprises are nearly 40 percent virtualized, and by 2016, 80 percent of workloads running on x86-architecture servers will be running in virtual machines (VMs). Industry analysts say the total amount of data is expected to grow 800 percent in the next five years, and up to 50 percent of data today is considered mission critical. Quest Software is serious about addressing today’s virtualization challenges, delivering a complete solution set providing deep capability across:

  • Backup and recovery
  • Virtual desktops
  • Virtualization monitoring
  • Virtualization capacity management
  • Application performance monitoring
  • Network management

Several additions to Quest’s virtualization management portfolio contribute even more value to the complete solution set and the customer’s virtualized environment.

Foglight for Virtual Desktops 5.6 addresses the virtual desktop environment; vFoglight 6.6 responds to growing market demand for improved capacity management to help optimize infrastructure resources; and enhanced vWorkspace connectors help organizations maintain better control, while enabling the workforce to connect to virtualized environments using the most popular Linux, Android, and Mac-based devices.

Quest’s data protection portfolio has been boosted by the recent release of vRanger Pro 5.2. This latest addition to the vRanger family of virtual data protection solutions dramatically increases performance with Hot Add capability for backup and replication, introduces ESX and ESXi replication using a virtual appliance architecture for even greater performance, and integrates fully with vSphere 5 for unsurpassed scalability and maximally secure operation and compliance.

What’s New in Quest’s Complete Virtualization Management Solution Set

Foglight for Virtual Desktops 5.6 adds infrastructure monitoring and diagnostics to Quest’s vWorkspace solution and is available now. It demonstrates many of the benefits of working with a single-source provider for successful implementation of virtualization management. Foglight for Virtual Desktops takes Quest’s capabilities in application monitoring (Foglight)and applies them to desktop virtualization (vWorkspace).

Foglight for Virtual Desktops simplifies virtual desktop management for vWorkspace administrators by providing clarity and visibility into performance and availability issues across the entire virtualization infrastructure, from end point to server.

Foglight for Virtual Desktops reduces operational costs and mean-time-to-resolution of performance issues, and increases user satisfaction and uptime.

vFoglight 6.6, a multi-platform Vmware and Hyper –V performance monitoring solution, is now commercially available. It delivers enhanced performance and stability to address the challenges of a growing infrastructure. The simplicity vFoglight offers in managing a complex environment increases productivity, and it leverages virtualization as a catalyst for capacity management.

vFoglight improves performance and optimization in the customer’s largest, growing, and high volume environments. It improves navigation reporting and alarm management for increased customer productivity, enhanced storage monitoring. and better capacity management.

vFoglight also plans workload movements from physical to virtual infrastuctures.

Newly enhanced vWorkspace connectors help organizations improve user experience by enabling the workforce to use the most popular devices for virtual desktop and application access, so they get their apps and data on any platform, anytime, anywhere.

vWorkspace connectors enable virtual desktop and application access from Macs, iPads, Netbooks, smartphones, thin clients, repurposed PCs, as well as Linux and Java devices from all major providers.

vWorkspace connector for Android allows customers to use Web Access in conjunction with the connector; vWorkspace connector for Mac 7.2 gives users flash content on Macs in their virtual desktops; vWorkspace connector for Linux 7.2 allows customers to use their Windows apps seamlessly on a Linux desktop.

Quest now offers a free download of its new release of Foglight Network Management System (at to monitor your 100 most important devices. Foglight NMS, part of Quest’s industry-leading APM portfolio, is a scalable, expandable solution that enables users to increase network performance and availability while improving IT efficiency.

Foglight NMS monitors and reports such key statistics as status, CPU, memory, disk usage, and network traffic on virtual and physical devices. Recent enhancements include monitoring support that simplifies root-cause analysis and resolution of the most complex network challenges, giving VM administrators new views and control of their networks.

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