Backup, replication, and virtualization management provider Veeam Software has announced the immediate availability of its Veeam Management Pack (MP) v6 for VMware, extending Microsoft System Center's environment to monitor VMware and vSphere.  The product marks an update to the companys portfolio of management software for VMware (NYSE: VMW) vSphere and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Server Hyper-V environments. 

Veeam MP will provide a unified view from a single console of both physical and virtual infrastructures and applications, the company said in its release, including the view of VMware from the Microsoft System Center environment.

According to the company, the solution aims to extend Microsoft System Center in the following ways:

  • providing visibility into the VMware infrastructure, including virtual machines, VMware vSphere and the resources on which they run;
  • enabling planning for future capacity needs;
  • providing faster problem solving to meet service level requirements; and
  • achieving continuous improvement in datacenter efficiency.

"Virtualization is now the dominant environment within the modern data center, so managing it effectively has become absolutely vital to the health of the enterprise," said Veeam President and CEO Ratmir Timashev in a prepared statement. "With the Veeam MP v6, organizations can take control of their virtual VMware environment using a management framework they already know very well: Microsoft System Center."

The solution also includes new topology views for storage, network, and compute; new system center 2012 dashboards (30 total); new vSphere analysis reports; and performance analysis and correlation monitors.

Veeam MP v6 supports Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1, and VMware vSphere 5.1. Veeam MP v6 is Windows Server 2012 certified.

Veeam's Take on Virtual vs. Physical Backup

Hazelman said in an email interview that virtualization is no longer a niche -- it's the norm. More workloads are becoming virtual and Veeam works to protect that data.

"Veeam gets a lot of heat for being virtual-only," Hazelman said. "And, it's true, Veeam doesn't do physical backup. But since the overwhelming majority of data and data growth is in the virtual environment, doesn't it makes sense to have a backup solution that's built for virtualization?"

He added that traditional backup software faces three big problems: missing capabilities, complexity and cost.

The company's strategy seems to be working. In February 2013, Veeam told Talkin' Cloud that the company is signing up 1,000 customers per month.