Virtual management tools ease the process of managing IT resources for a virtualized environment. They track performance, optimize resource utilization aid in capacity planning and make it simpler to move applications between servers. They also help automate IT workflows and provide insights to improve processes.

There are many virtual management tools accessible for use, including the ones offered by the hypervisor vendors themselves. These include VMware vCenter and Microsoft SCVMM. These tools typically focus on the most granular configuration changes that are required for running VMs. Other products, such as those from VMware vCOPS and Citrix XenCenter, offer more advanced features for greater scope of virtualization management, including monitoring and troubleshooting.

Virtual management tools, regardless of their features are designed to work in conjunction with hypervisor management tools, rather than replace them. The ideal solution for an organization will depend on its existing virtualization infrastructure and how it anticipates that to evolve in the future and the management requirements it perceives to need.

The most effective virtual server software offers an extensive range of standard monitoring capabilities including memory, CPU and utilization of disks for hosts as well as VMs. It also provides VMs-related reports that identify usage patterns and identify areas of concern and allow you make accurate decisions about capacity expansion. OpManager for instance, provides more than 70 VM reports that are ready to help you understand your servers and provide you with the support you need. Try a free 30 day trial today to experience these virtual server management capabilities for yourself.