"We are seeing more customers adding a second hypervisor to their virtualization mix or choosing to migrate to another, to maximize potential cost savings and avoid vendor lock-in," said Sanjay Castelino, VP & market leader, SolarWinds.
According to a recently conducted a survey on private cloud management in December 2011, a survey by SolarWinds found that nearly 85 percent of users deploy VMware's hypervisor, followed closely by Microsoft Hyper-V at 55 percent.
"To that end, we've added Microsoft Hyper-V support to SolarWinds Virtualization Manager to give organizations the flexibility to manage one or both VMware and Hyper-V hypervisors as they make business-critical decisions around their virtual environments, and, for many, build out a foundation for private cloud," Castelino added.
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is virtualization management software designed to deliver integrated VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V capacity planning, VM sprawl control, performance monitoring, configuration management and chargeback automation. SolarWinds claims the solution helps alleviate "user pain points" around troubleshooting, downtime and resource utilization across server and storage hypervisors.
According to SolarWinds, its unified approach makes it easy to take control of a virtualized environment regardless of size, taking users from the early stages of virtualization deployment all the way to implementation of private cloud initiatives and IT-as-a-Service.
By supporting both VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, SolarWinds asserts this helps IT take advantage of more than one hypervisor while enabling customers to significantly lower their licensing and annual maintenance costs.
"SolarWinds Virtualization Manager allows IT pros to determine how to optimally distribute workloads between VMware and Hyper-V, while remaining compliant with their SLAs," said Torsten Volk, senior analyst, EMA. "Playing through multiple what-if scenarios from a cost and risk perspective, before committing to which hypervisor to use for a specific virtual machine, is a tremendous value offered by SolarWinds."
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is available now and pricing starts at $2,995 (USD), with the first year of maintenance included at no additional cost. A free 30-day evaluation is currently available from the SolarWinds website.