Today no single company - including Computer Associates, HP and IBM - comes close to managing all aspects of IT in unified, coherent way. Each of these vendors has a handle on the three main aspects of IT - servers, storage and networking - and on the security issues that stretch across all three domains. None however has integrated the management of the different domains to offer us a comprehensive view. At present no vendor, however broad its product portfolio, monitors, analyzes and manages how every aspect of the infrastructure interacts with and influences all the other parts.If you are a reader who works in a smaller or midsize IT environment, this will not be much of an issue for you at present. The relatively non-complex systems with which you work probably don't lose much because they are managed discretely as separate parts. As your shop grows however, across-the-system management will become increasingly important. In a dynamically changing enterprise environment, … [Read more...] about HP positions itself to provide true integrated IT management
Integrated virtualization manager
Tim Howes, CTO of Opsware, recently sat down with me to discuss the subject of management within the virtualization space. Once you've gone down the road of virtualizing more than a single server, you quickly start to realize how important a good management solution becomes. InfoWorld Virtualization Report: Virtualization adoption is skyrocketing, but reality is that most of the deployments (nearly 80%) have been limited to test and development scenarios on a few hundred servers. What is preventing enterprises from rolling out virtualization technology in production environments?Opsware CTO Tim Howes: Rolling out virtualization on a large scale is easy. Managing a large virtualization deployment and the extra complexity it brings to an IT environment is hard. For the handful of organizations (about 20 percent) attempting large-scale deployments, the lack of enterprise class management tools has hindered success by increasing management costs and decreasing responsiveness and quality. … [Read more...] about Interview: Virtualization Management Q&A with Opsware CTO Tim Howes
IBM recently released a new IBM RedPaper that is titled and describes Integrated Virtualization Manager on IBM System p5.Abstract:The IBM Virtual I/O Server Version 1.2 provided a hardware management function called the Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM). It handled the partition configuration on selected IBM System p5, IBM p5, and IBM OpenPower systems without the need for dedicated hardware, such as a Hardware Management Console. The latest version of VIOS, 126.96.36.199, adds a number of new functions, such as support for dynamic logical partitioning for memory and processors in managed systems, task manager monitor for long-running tasks, security additions such as viosecure and firewall, and other improvements.The Integrated Virtualization Manager enables a more cost-effective solution for consolidation of multiple partitions onto a single server. With its intuitive, browser-based interface, the Integrated Virtualization Manager is easy to use and significantly reduces the time and … [Read more...] about Integrated Virtualization Manager on IBM System p5
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Srinivas Ramanathan, founder, president & CEO of eG Innovations, Inc. I stopped by their booth at VMworld Europe, and was happy to follow up with Ramanathan a few weeks later to find out more about the company and its product solution.------------- Q. Tell us a little about eG Innovations.A. eG Innovations develops products that make IT infrastructure management easy, effective, and efficient. The focus on monitoring business services end-to-end rather than individual network, server, application silos differentiates eG Innovations' products. The company's patented technologies provide proactive monitoring of every layer of every tier in the infrastructure, thereby enabling rapid diagnosis and recovery in enterprise and service provider networks. By ensuring high availability and optimum performance of mission-critical business services, eG Innovations' solutions help enhance customers' competitive positioning, lower operational costs … [Read more...] about eG Innovations tackles the virtualization management market
The sprawl of management consoles, the proliferation of data they provide, and the rising use of virtualization are adding challenges to corporations looking to more effectively manage mixed Linux, Windows, and cloud environments.Traditional standards are being tapped in order to bridge the platform divide and new ones are being created to handle technologies such as virtualization that create physical platforms running one technology but hosting virtual machines running something completely different. [ Stay up to date on the latest virtualization developments with InfoWorld's Virtualization Report blog and newsletter. ]The goal is better visibility into what is going right or wrong -- and why -- as complexity rises on the computing landscape.Some help is on the way. The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) last month began hammering out virtualization management standards it hopes will show up in products next year. Those standards will address interoperability, … [Read more...] about Meeting virtualization management challenges
Microsoft Hyper-V has slowly but surely expanded its footprint into the small to medium-sized server virtualization market. To date, its No. 1 competitor, VMware, hasn't focused much attention on this slice of the virtualization pie, instead concentrating its efforts on larger enterprise organizations. This has created an inroad for Microsoft, giving Redmond an opportunity to advance its platform feature set while expanding within a target audience where price, more often than not, outshines additional capabilities.But with such a small sliver of the server virtualization market share, Microsoft has not had the luxury of a deep, rich virtualization partner ecosystem like VMware, and the Redmond giant has been forced to go at virtual management alone. Unfortunately, within the small-business market, products like Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) don't fit the bill. [ Also on InfoWorld: VMware offers incentives, … [Read more...] about Veeam, SolarWinds add Hyper-V support to virtualization management
Quest Software announced today that it has acquired Boston-based VKernel, a provider of capacity management products for virtualized data centers and cloud environments. The official announcement was short on details and devoid of fanfare -- no purchase price was disclosed -- and I would anticipate that more information about the acquisition will be forthcoming down the road. VKernel did say it plans to expand its team and is already renovating its Boston headquarters for a first-quarter move-in date.VKernel entered the virtualization market in 2007 with the release of its chargeback product for VMware environments. The company continued to build on its virtualization offerings by moving into performance and capacity management. Ultimately, VKernel evolved its product line from a series of valuable point solution tools into an enterprise offering, called vOperations Suite, which integrates virtualization monitoring, planning, optimization, reporting, and chargeback into a single, … [Read more...] about Will Quest’s acquisition of VKernel shrink virtualization management ecosystem?
For some of us who have been doing server virtualization for a number of years, the idea of virtualization chargeback may seem like a no-brainer. But as we close out 2012, believe it or not, many organizations are either just now getting their feet wet with server virtualization or private cloud environments, or they're finally expanding and moving to the next stage of their virtualization journey. These folks may not yet be at a point where they can start charging back for these virtual resources being used.If we consider virtualization to be a journey, then the idea of chargeback or the ability to price and cost a virtualization environment should be considered a journey within a journey. (Does it sound like I just saw "The Hobbit" this weekend?) [ Also on InfoWorld: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 edges closer to vSphere, Hyper-V | VMware vCenter Server 5.1 will soon support Microsoft Hyper-V servers | Track the latest trends in virtualization in InfoWorld's Virtualization … [Read more...] about How virtualization managers can implement chargebacks
By Oleg SinSoftware as a Service (SaaS) has become a common delivery model for many business applications, including: Office and messaging software Accounting Service desk management CRM Virtualization Content managementThe SaaS model has successfully been implemented into all of the business applications above, and many others. However, IT Asset Management tools have yet to fully integrate into the SaaS model. With the rise of SaaS for business applications, the question is, what about Asset Management running in SaaS model? Is it feasible?IT Asset Management (ITAM), a central part of any organization's strategy, collects detailed hardware and software inventory information. This information can then be used to make decisions about purchases, inventory, and redistribution. The way it's done is by using integrated software solutions specially designed to interact and work with all departments that are involved in the deployment, management, and expense reporting of IT assets-saving the … [Read more...] about Integrating asset management as a hosted application: Is it feasible?
The need to run multiple operating systems for everything from software testing and experimentation to portable productivity environments is vital in the IT world. Perhaps you are also an operating systems enthusiast that wants to try out and use older software that simply isn't compatible with modern versions of Windows, or you want to build secure sandboxes for students to mess around in and learn without needing to rebuild the host PC. Whatever the reason, virtualization products can get the job done without needing to grab a spare PC or partition your physical system drive. Here is a list of five apps that satisfy this requirement. This blog post is also available as TechRepublic Screenshot Gallery. 1. Oracle VirtualboxThis is the premier freeware and open source VM platform out there for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and even Solaris hosts. Oracle Virtualbox supports all the standard fare such as older versions of Windows as well as more obscure products, such as Novell Netware … [Read more...] about Five Apps for virtualization management