Alex Bewley, CTO at uptime software (, says:

The problem for IT organizations that have virtualized environments is a lack of insight into not only the performance of applications, but also how they affect each specific system they touch. One “badly behaving” application can have a ripple affect touching off a firestorm of issues for IT.

With close to a third of all workloads now running on virtual machines, customers are grappling with complexity and a lack of visibility into overall virtual system performance. uptime software ( announced recently the shipping of a new release of our award-winning core technology, version 6 of uptime software. uptime 6, offers “set it and forget it” VMware performance and capacity management that delivers enterprise-grade VMware monitoring and management to companies of all sizes for a fraction of the cost of competing solutions

This new release is all about one thing; helping customers monitor and manage their VMware environment better. Our development team has worked hard make VMware monitoring and management as easy as possible for IT departments, because we know IT usually doesn’t have a bounty of extra time on their hands.

Capacity management is one of the areas organizations struggle with when it comes to managing virtual environments. In the olden pre-virtualization days of one-application per server, capacity wasn’t an issue. Now exact metrics are needed as environments are more complex being driven by virtualization complete with clusters, VM hosts, VM’s themselves, resource pools, linked clones, storage relationships, individual blades and physical power supplies-all without the use of agents to keep tabs. With this release, uptime offers intelligent monitoring for VMware, complete with the ability to trigger scripts for vCenter Orchestrator to automatically help correct VM sprawl and resource bottlenecks.

When it comes to performance management of VMs, IT needs to be able to tie that data in with how much capacity they’re using and how much they’ll require, to have the same performance levels as business conditions change. Also related is managing VM sprawl and reclaiming virtual resources that are no longer necessary. These forward thinking VM performance management capabilities are included in what we call Smart VMware Monitoring.

Smart VMware monitoring with uptime includes; VM sprawl control, virtual machine power awareness, VMware capacity metrics, global capacity reporting and virtual capacity forecasting. The ability of uptime software to offer this breadth of management metrics and service for 20 percent of the price of the Big Four in Systems Management (IBM, CA, BMC, HP) is of course seen as attractive to the market. The new version of up.time provides automated, real-time monitoring of VMware “everything”.

About the author:
Chief Technology Officer of uptime software: Alex Bewley
Alex is passionate about bridging the gap between business value and cutting edge technology. A technologist by trade, Alex’s 17-year long tour of duty included time with Sun Microsystems in its heyday. However, Alex craved a more entrepreneurial muse, and founded uptime software (with co-founder Phil Didaskalou) in 2001. When not behind his desk, Alex is either knee deep with the Toronto tech startup community or is on his iPad dreaming of new ways to simplify IT systems management across virtual, physical, and cloud environments.