Virtualization Management Software

What Does Virtualization Management Software Mean?

Virtualization management software is a type of software that is used for administering a virtualization host. It is used with the actual virtualization controller or hypervisor. This type of software connects directly to the hypervisor to provide additional management and monitoring tools with intuitive user interfaces that visualize the status of the system to enable administrators to make informed decisions when tweaking or managing the virtualized environment, which can be done on the same interface.


Techopedia Explains Virtualization Management Software

Virtualization management software allows for easy management of virtual environments through monitoring, reporting and control. An operator is able to determine the health and status of all virtual resources and virtual machines through reports that are visualized as graphs and pie charts to illustrate proportion and relativity. This allows the operator to make informed judgments on which courses of action to take based on set business protocols. This type of management software also has built-in automation algorithms that allow for predefined actions to be taken based on certain situations, such as auto-provisioning of resources or additional instances whenever an increased traffic is deemed to require it.

Virtualization management software is used for the following:

  • Managing the provisioning of virtual machines and infrastructure
  • Managing storage performance even between different storage providers or vendors as well as mapping of each virtual machine to its assigned storage hardware
  • Mobile administration
  • Server and application monitor integration
  • VM sprawl control
  • Discovery/monitoring and maintenance
  • Provision and configuration

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