Just when you think VMware has come out with a really cool product that would be hard to top, they follow it with another product that is just as amazing and more. With the release of VMware Alive VM, this is that product. Have you ever heard of Alive VM? I hadn’t either until I stumbled across a promotion running on the VMware website. The promotion runs from now until March 1, 2011 and can be found here. Alive VM is a tool that administrators can leverage to gain a bird’s-eye view of their entire vSphere environment to include; trending and analytics for quick and effective problem solving, maps to easily locate trouble areas (such as high heat, humidity, environmental issues) and root cause analysis provided by mapping of VMs to their host and cluster and datacenter. The value of this kind of control is priceless, if you are an administrator this should have you salivating.

How did Alive VM Come About?
Alive VM was created by a company called Integrien which was acquired by VMware in August of 2010. This announcement was made at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco. If you were not in attendance or missed the key-note address when VMware CTO Steve Herrod announced the acquisition, here is the press release from that event:

Integrien: Simplifying Performance Management and Improving Operational Efficiency
“Today’s IT organizations are under pressure to increase service levels and build the next-generation infrastructure and applications for the cloud — all with the resources they have today,” said Boaz Chalamish, vice president and general manager, management products, VMware. “The dynamic nature of modern infrastructures and cloud environments requires a new management paradigm, and VMware is uniquely positioned to build on the foundation of virtualization and fundamentally improve how organizations manage IT services.”

Integrien’s patented real-time performance analytics solution helps customers simplify the complexity of managing application and infrastructure performance by transforming data from existing management tools into actionable intelligence. Combined with VMware vCenter management products, Integrien’s capabilities enable VMware customers to achieve the level of automation and control required for virtualized and cloud infrastructures.

“VMware has led the transformation of IT infrastructure, significantly reducing complexity through virtualization,” said Dale Quayle, president and CEO, Integrien. “As such, VMware is the company that is best-equipped to redefine the IT management discipline for this new world. We are very excited to join VMware and align around a management vision that can deliver value for both our customers and employees.”

How Can I Get It?
VMware Alive VM is now available for free with the purchase of or upgrade to VMware vSphere Standard, Advanced, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus editions, or the purchase any vSphere Acceleration Kit that contains these editions between now and March 1, 2011. This will give you a license to manage up to 50 virtual machines with VMware Alive VM. If you haven’t purchased this yet, or are thinking of upgrading, this is a great opportunity to get one of the newest and hottest VMware products to date. In my mind if you are investing or have invested in a virtualization infrastructure with VMware, you surely want to have to ability to manage it and oversee it with a fine-tooth comb. Go out and grab it now.

Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of vDestination.com. He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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