An update to the Professional edition expected within the next two weeks will draw attention to the movement of virtual machines between physical servers. While the flexibility to move VMs is a key benefit of virtualisation, it does present some performance, security and compliance issues if the relevant policies are not followed.
For example, moving a VM to an offshore data centre has the potential to breach regulations or corporate policies. Or moving a VM so that it is running on a different part of the network to the relevant storage unit could cause performance issues.
The company plans to release VMinformer Enterprise later this year, founder and chief technology officer John Reeman told iTWire. This new edition is being built to scale to tens of thousands of VMs, and to provide integration with workflow software. The latter feature will allow action to be taken as soon as any required management approval is given, for example.
The Enterprise edition will also build on the existing visualisation capability of the software (which helps provide meaning to the information). That capability is currently reactive, but the new edition will be able to present the latest information according to a schedule, whether that is once an hour or once a week.