Dell Foglight for Virtualization Management: Coming to MSPs?
Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) has rebranded vFoglight to Foglight for Virtualization. Dell is positioning the software for enterprise virtualization and VMware (NYSE:VMW) management, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) administration. Poke around Dell’s hallways, and you’ll also hear chatter about the company potentially positioning Foglight for manged service providers (MSPs).
Dell acquired Foglight when the company purchased Quest Software in 2012. That Quest buyout also included PacketTrap, which offers PSA (professional services automation) and RMM (remote monitoring and management) software for MSPs. In an interview last week with The VAR Guy, Dell Software President John Swainson said the company is now prepared to offer all of its software through the PartnerDirect partner program.
That includes Foglight. According to a Dell announcement issued today: “Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition offers virtualization server and system administrators the ability to manage both data center server virtualization, as well as desktop virtualization, with added capabilities to track virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) performance from the application level all the way to the server and storage hardware level, providing the greatest breadth and depth for virtualization management of any product available in the market today.”
Dell also announced Foglight for Storage Management 2.5 today — which offers physical storage performance reporting in addition to virtual reporting.
Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 6.8 and Foglight for Storage Management both are available now for 45-day trials. The former starts at $799 per socket; the latter starts at $499 per socket.
The big question for Dell: Which portions of its software portfolio will appeal to MSPs? The obvious answers include PacketTrap, AppAssure and the SonicWallOS platform (among others). But MSPmentor keeps hearing chatter about an MSP-centric Foglight push…