SOURCE: Reflex Systems, Inc.

Reflex Systems, Inc.

July 28, 2011 08:00 ET

Reflex Systems Improves Automated Virtualization Performance Analytics With VQL 2.0

VQL Provides Real-Time Knowledge of Virtual Infrastructure, Crucial to Measuring Value of Virtual and Private Cloud Environments at Large Scale

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Jul 28, 2011) - Reflex Systems, a leader in virtualization systems management solutions, today announced that Virtualization Query Language (VQL) 2.0 is available immediately to all users of Reflex Virtualization Management Center (VMC). VQL 2.0 enables organizations to automate enhanced performance analytics on their virtual and private cloud environments, providing real-time knowledge of the virtual infrastructure, for faster troubleshooting and enhanced reporting and performance management. VQL 2.0 as part of Reflex VMC allows for integrated management of and API access to the largest and most complex virtual and private cloud environments, all from a single integrated solution.

Providing a unified language for managing and securing a virtualized or private cloud infrastructure, VQL is at the heart of Reflex's integrated solution. Not only is VQL useful for customers to gain quick insight into specific aspects of the virtual infrastructure and implement automation, it also provides Reflex an edge to quickly add enhanced functionality at a very rapid pace, as it is the first ever language of virtualization. VQL was created by Reflex to solve some of the most difficult problems in managing a highly dynamic virtual IT infrastructure. VQL is a domain-specific language that correlates different types of information together into a single query specification using a combined natural and structured grammar.

"The virtualization industry is craving the ability to have a unified type system for describing, managing, securing, and automating the virtual environment," said Preston Futrell, President and CEO of Reflex Systems. "Reflex has created and implemented this as part of a fully integrated management, security, and automation solution and VQL allows for significant increases in productivity and functionality within the infrastructure. For the first time, virtualization administrators have a language of their own."

Benefits of VQL

  • Single language that describes entire virtual environment
  • Quick and easy way to extract data from virtual environments
  • Increased productivity due to automation of manual tasks
  • Simple search and visual filtering
  • Common method to extract contextual virtualization information
  • Easily describe logical groupings, categorization, or classifications of virtual infrastructure
  • Ability to handle large scale environments
  • Seamless integration with scripting languages
  • Single point of integration with 3rd-party systems

A virtualization infrastructure is so complex that using programmatic API methods to manage it can be quite cumbersome. Instead of using hundreds or thousands of atomic API methods, objects, and properties, the VQL language uses a single method that takes as input a query and outputs strongly typed objects. This simplified approach of extracting and remediation is less error prone and offers improved data management capabilities of a virtual infrastructure. Prior to VQL, it might take several resources to manually create and compile a report on specific granular data within the virtual infrastructure. VQL 2.0 now includes real-time processing, analytical trending, enhanced data processing, and more efficient output (timing and granularity), enabling end-users to pull this same type of report in a matter of minutes without manual compilation and correlation, dramatically increasing productivity.

Samples of queries supported by VQL 2.0 include:

  • Show which virtual machines are oversized and undersized over a range of time
  • Which virtual machines are on datastores with less than 10% of free space remaining
  • What is the maximum memory usage in a cluster over the last 12 months
  • List all SQL Server 2008 virtual machines that were created in the last 10 days that have a vdisk on any tier 3 datastores
  • Power off all virtual machines whose CPU usage hasn't changed more than 5% in the last 10 days
  • Provide firewall rules for all Microsoft virtual machines running IIS web services that are connected to the production network.
  • Show the top 3 clusters that have the highest vCpu/Core density
  • Find all virtual machines across the environment that have more than 1GB of Memory that also have 2 vCPUs
  • Set an advanced property on all hosts in a specific cluster
  • Which clusters had virtual machines with more than 1GB of Memory and 2 vCPUs a week ago
  • Identify all virtual machines across all Hosts that have at least one vNIC on VLAN 42

Further examples can be seen at

"Organizations have deployed virtualization throughout their environments but are failing to harness the full power of what virtualization has to offer because they don't have a way to holistically manage and measure their environments," said Aaron Bawcom, CTO of Reflex Systems. "As they scale and mature their usage of virtualization, and move to use virtualization-based private cloud environments, the ability to understand and rapidly make changes that optimize the environment becomes ever more critical. VQL 2.0 provides customers an innovative new way to build onto existing solutions and processes accelerating their virtual infrastructure transition to a private cloud."

"VQL is the best kept secret of the overall integrated VMC functionality that Reflex Systems provides," said Israel Lawson, director of virtualization, Medquist. "I asked if I could see performance on certain VMs without having to manually access data, compare charts, correlate information and have it sent to me in real time as it happens and VQL enables me to do this and saves my team valuable time."

For further information see the VQL 2.0 blog post

About Reflex
Reflex Systems is the industry leader in virtualization systems management solutions that integrate management, performance, security, compliance and audit of the virtual environment. Reflex VMC (Virtualization Management Center) provides visibility, correlation, and automation through a single pane of glass. Purpose-built for virtualization, VMC provides the essential tools needed to manage and enforce dynamic infrastructure policy in virtualized data centers and in private cloud. Reflex VMC, in conjunction with vWatch, vTrust, and vProfile, provides infrastructure discovery and visualization, timeline-based management, application/services discovery, network security, performance, configuration management and dynamic policy enforcement. Reflex Systems is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is privately held. For more information, including a trial download of Reflex VMC, visit Follow Reflex at

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