StorageCraft this week unveiled plug-ins that allow managed service providers (MSPs) to deliver backup and disaster recovery (BDR) services from VMware (VMW) vCenter and Microsoft (MSFT) System Center.

The Draper, Utah-based data protection solutions provider has released the StorageCraft Plug-in for virtual environments, a free remote monitoring tool that MSPs can use to manage their customers' ShadowProtect BDR software backups directly from VMware vCenter or within Microsoft System Center's Virtual Machine Manager.

"Our MSP partners who are leveraging VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V in their environments will find that the new plug-ins for these platforms will provide a much more effective management experience," Matt Urmston, StorageCraft's chief evangelist and director of product management, told MSPmentor. "[An IT admin] will now be able to monitor not only the status of their virtual environment, but they will also have critical information about their StorageCraft disaster recovery solution presented in that same console."

StorageCraft pointed out that MSPs can use the new plug-ins to monitor the current status of their customers' virtual machine (VM) backups, view all VMs running on a hypervisor host and automatically detect if these machines are not utilizing ShadowProtect.

Service providers can use these plug-ins to push-install a ShadowProtect agent to any unprotected VMs too, according to StorageCraft.

"IT administrators will find that life in the virtualization world is easier with the StorageCraft Plug-in for virtual environments," Curt James, StorageCraft's vice president of marketing and business development, said in a prepared statement. "With this tool, they will be able to more efficiently back up and quickly recover their data and virtual systems following an IT disaster."

The StorageCraft Plug-in for VMware and StorageCraft Plug-in for Microsoft System Center are now available and must used in conjunction with ShadowControl v2.5.1, which also is available to ShadowProtect users.

Urmston added that launching new integrations is a key initiative for StorageCraft next year, and the data protection solutions provider is working on new plug-ins for various platforms as well.

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