Today’s Free Tool of the Day, NetWrix Virtual Machine Sprawl Tracker, tracks virtual machine usage statistics and automatically reports on inactive and unused virtual machines in order to justify their deactivation and reclaim precious physical resources. The tool helps data center administrators deal with virtual machine sprawl (when IT manager’s are unaware of the amount of virtual machines they are running, resulting in wasted power and disk storage that kill critical resources) by sending daily reports that point to the least frequently used virtual machines with helpful explanations (e.g., “almost no network usage during last 2 weeks”, “paused for last 2 months,” etc). The administrators can then contact virtual machine users and, after confirmation, remove such virtual machines.
By decommissioning machines not in use, Virtual Machine Sprawl Tracker directly enables IT administrators to “go green” while drastically reducing data center energy bills.
Have you ever been effected by virtual machine sprawl?