VMware announces Infrastructure Toolkit

VMware, Inc., a provider in virtualisation solutions from the desktop to the datacentre, today announced the general availability of the VMware Infrastructure (VI) Toolkit (for Windows), a new addition to its scripting toolkit portfolio that enhances automation of virtual datacentres.

The company avers that the toolkit is an easy-to-use scripting interface for administrators who need to manage multiple VMware ESX hypervisors or VMware VirtualCenter instances.

Based on the popular Microsoft PowerShell scripting language, it provides a familiar interface that lets administrators automate repetitive tasks such as cloning, moving, starting or stopping virtual machines and hosts in a VMware Infrastructure environment.

The company further articulates that managing a large VMware Infrastructure deployment can require taking similar actions across dozens or hundreds of hosts or virtual machines.

The VI Toolkit (for Windows) allows VMware Infrastructure to be managed just like any other Windows application. Routine tasks can easily be automated so that hundreds of hosts or virtual machines are just as easy to manage as one.

It says that the toolkit includes simple-to-use "commandlets" for deploying hundreds of virtual machines across IT infrastructure, saving administrators the time and effort of repeating management tasks and freeing up their time for more creative and productive efforts.

"With more than 120,000 customers using our products, and 46 percent of our enterprise customers deploying VMware Infrastructure 3 as the preferred platform in the datacenter, the ability to automate standard management tasks is becoming increasingly important," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president of products and solutions at VMware.

"Now anyone using Microsoft PowerShell can automate these tasks. For example, a customer managing multiple virtual machines can write a few lines of PowerShell commands to eliminate hours of work. In environments with hundreds or thousands of virtual machines, this can save a tremendous amount of time."

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