Cloud Reporter - Auditing, Predictive Capacity Planning and Virtual Machine Right sizing for Hyper-V

Maximize your ROI of your Microsoft Private Cloud

Cloud Reporter for System Center is a robust capacity planning solution for private clouds based on Microsoft’s Hyper-V. Plan for the future and meet your service level objectives, with the ability to predict when memory, processors and storage resources will be exhausted.

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Prevent Unplanned Downtime

Estimates vary, but on average, businesses lose between $84,000 and $108,000 for every hour of IT system downtime. Companies can minimize unplanned downtime with Cloud Reporter by knowing when cloud resources are going to be exhausted long before it happens.  IT departments can take preventative measures – free-up resources from idle virtual machines, right-size active virtual machines – and keep business applications running smoothly.  

Reveal Upcoming Capacity Issues 

Reports in Cloud Reporter show current capacity demands of the virtualized infrastructure as well as projected future requirements based on current consumption patterns.  Companies know in advance when they will run out of resources, and can eliminate surprise hardware expenditures.

Avert Capacity Issues

Companies get the greatest utilization of current memory, processor and disk resources so they can spend less on hardware over time. Cloud Reporter indicates the timeframe in which resources will become exhausted and it also offers suggestions to prolong that timeline.  Built-in reports identify Hyper-V clusters with excess hardware capacity so IT departments can target them as the destination for new virtual machines and make better use of the resources the cluster already has.

Faster Decision Making

One of the biggest challenges for IT Administrators is sharing pertinent information with budget holders and decision makers.  Without the right information in an easy to understand format, decisions get delayed and the risk of downtime goes up.  Cloud Reporter solves this problem with reports that can be shared easily and instantly via export to PDF or Excel.

 

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Predict Resource Exhaustion

Predict Resource Exhaustion

Cloud Reporter analyzes historical resource allocation information to determine when Hyper-V clusters and hosts will run out of resources.  Know in advance when you will run out of resources, and eliminate surprise expenditures. 

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Identify Idle Virtual Machines

Identify Idle Virtual Machines

Easily identify virtual machines that are no longer being used.  You know it is easy for people to create virtual machines, but as it is often the case, they continue to exist in the cloud environment even though they are no longer being used.  Cloud Reporter looks for signs of low activity across your network of virtual machines and presents you the ones that appear to be idle and unused so you can shut them down to free up resources for other virtual machines.  

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Right Size Your Virtual Machines

Right Size Your Virtual Machines

Virtual machines advertise how much of a given resource they want, yet companies often over or under allocate them, leading to waste or instability.  Cloud Reporter compares the advertised allocation requirement to the amount currently configured, so you can see discrepancies and take steps to optimize.

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Powered Off Virtual Machines

Powered Off Virtual Machines

Cloud Reporter identifies virtual machines that have been powered off.  While they don’t consume memory or processing resources, they do consume disk space.  Identify the virtual machines so you can notify the users/owners to back them up and take them off of storage or move them to a lower cost storage tier freeing up valuable space for other virtual machines. 

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Integration with Operations Manager

Cloud Reporter natively integrates with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager to ensure you have all the information you require at your fingertips.  Take advantage of the investment in money and resources you have made in System Center Operations Manager with Cloud Reporter’s native integration. Cloud Reporter will access your current SQL database and utilization data to assist with capacity planning right away. 

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Based on SQL Reporting Services

Cloud Reporter leverages the native features of SQL Reporting Services, so you can export to various formats including PDF and Excel.  IT departments are notoriously interrupt-driven. Sometimes you don’t have time to access the system and generate the reports you want.  Good news: If there are particular reports you want to see on a regular basis, you can subscribe to receive them via email at pre-defined intervals.    

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