Veeam recently won another award for Veeam Management Pack (MP) for System Center.

On November 20th, Techworld.com announced their winners in different categories and Veeam MP won in the category Virtualization Product of the Year.

More information can be found here: http://awards.techworld.com/

Techworld Winner high res

Does it matter?

You can ask yourself: Does winning another award really matter? Well, let’s be honest here, at Veeam we always love it when we win an award, and over the last couple of years, we’ve added quite a few of them to our shelf—but that is not the reason behind the question.

Why would a management / monitoring / reporting solution win in this category? Shouldn’t Veeam MP have been in another category with this solution? Does it surprise anyone? Aren’t there other fantastic solutions out there that are completely focused on virtualization?

At Veeam, it doesn’t really surprise us, as it proves something we have been saying for years. Management is critical to virtualization and should be looked at from the start of any virtualization project or strategy.

When I was a consultant, I saw too many projects that were designed and deployed by a group of engineers, architects and others. Don’t get me wrong, they were all smart people who could design a great solution and get every resource out of the hardware that they had to work with. But I have seen too many implementations that have been left alone after they went into production. And if you have worked on a service desk or as an IT operator, you know that a running project needs to be managed, maintained, monitored—the entire IT lifecycle.

That’s why we have been saying for years that management of that virtual infrastructure should be a critical part of the entire project (as well as data protection and recovery, but that’s for another post…). Without a good management solution, you can be working blind in your environment and before you know it, you run in some serious trouble. We all know how bad it can be when you suddenly lose one host running multiple workloads.

For some of us this is common sense, but unfortunately, I still see too many implementations where management isn’t a critical part of the solution.

Virtualization certainly can solve a lot of IT business problems, and it brings a lot of value to the table, but it also brings new challenges—and management is one of them.

So before you start any virtualization project, make sure that management and protection are on the table as critical parts of the entire solution!

And that is the reason Veeam won in the right category J

You can get a free license for up to 100 Hyper-V sockets of Veeam Management Pack v7 Enterprise edition. This offer ends December 30, so act now!

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