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July 26, 2009

Univa unveils UniCloud 2.0

To operate and support dual-mode infrastructure

By CBR Staff Writer

Univa UD has released UniCloud 2.0, a cloud enablement product which enables the formation of an elastic compute infrastructure or cloud environment that unifies provisioning, configuration and virtualisation management with application configuration into a single web-services-based framework.

Univa said that by integrating framework with management of resources and policies, the new product is expected to simplify the deployment and operation of both physical and virtual compute infrastructures.

According to the company, the built-in descriptive policy management in the new product ensures applications automatically use the best available mode by switching the hardware profile or live-migrating workload as required to achieve the service level objective.

The company claimed that the new offering is suitable for a range of usage scenarios, such as high-throughput engineering organisations that want to optimise expensive software licenses or fair-share compute resources that require check-pointing.

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Reportedly, the new version allows any cluster administrative functions to be supported in a cloud environment and also supports many capabilities that are not typical or possible with incumbent offerings such as basic check-pointing.

Univa claims that their new offering addresses: cloud clustering which provides an entire cluster in a public cloud; cloud bursting which adds virtual compute nodes to internal clusters; private cloud computing which creates an internal virtual cluster that uses policies to place jobs on appropriate infrastructure, live-migrate or checkpoint jobs, and add virtual compute nodes by cloudbursting.

The new offering is available as a standalone product or in an Enterprise package. Both packages include Sun Grid Engine software. The Enterprise package also includes Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Linux and a version of Reliance, which is reportedly Univa’s proprietary infrastructure and application service governor.

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