Invitation to Participate in the OnCommand Balance Beta Program

I’m happy to announce the beta program for the upcoming release of OnCommand Balance 4.1. The award-winning Balance software product gives directions to optimize the performance and capacity of your virtual and physical, multi-vendor data center infrastructure providing a stepping stone to the private cloud.


New Features in Balance 4.1

The key new features include:

· Cluster mode support for NetApp FAS arrays running Data ONTAP 8.1.1

· Support for physical NFS servers

· VMware vSphere 5.1 integration (tested against release candidate from VMware)

Of course you get all the existing goodness of Balance including:

  • Visibility into virtual infrastructure from VMs to physical servers to storage disks
  • Reporting on misalignment and prioritizing performance risks
  • Identifying the cause of infrastructure performance problems
  • Tuning server and storage utilization for optimal shared infrastructure performance
  • Optimizing VM densities

· And much, much more…


Automated color-coded topology quickly shows health of entire infrastructure including clusters.

Storage health panel shows cluster details including assuring failover performance.

Know where the performance risks are as soon as you open the GUI.  

Get notified of increasing load on disks before you have a problem.

How to Participate

The beta program is open to all NetApp customers and partners. Balance 4.1 continues to support previous versions of Data ONTAP 7, but our focus for this beta evaluation is for cluster mode systems running Data ONTAP 8.1.1, so if you’re running 8.1.1 we’d love to hear from you.


To participate, send an email with the subject line “I want in on the Balance 4.1 Beta” to


Sign up today!  We’re looking forward to your feedback.