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August 30, 2009

VMWare unveils new virtualisation management tools

Allows customers to simplify infrastructure management, service delivery, and application management eliminating manual tasks

By CBR Staff Writer

VMware has unveiled new virtualisation management products of the VMware vCenter Product Family, a set of tools that provides policy-based, service-driven management to drive improved business agility.

According to the company, VMware vCenter Product Family builds on the capabilities of the virtualisation platform, VMware vSphere 4 to simplify management, reduce operating costs, and deliver flexible IT services.

VMware vCenter Product Family consists of seven products, five of which are already available. The two products added to the VMware vCenter family include CapacityIQ and ConfigControl. CapacityIQ enables adequate capacity to be available to virtual machines, resource pools, and entire datacenters by modeling the effect of capacity changes, forecasting shortfalls and reclaiming excess capacity.

The other product is ConfigControl, which maintains visibility and enables compliance of configuration state in a virtual environment, and Site Recovery Manager, which accelerates recovery by automating the recovery process and simplifies management of disaster recovery plans.

The company said that the VMware vCenter Product Family provides customers with a framework for policy-centric, SLA-driven management across infrastructure, enabling IT to operate efficiently as an internal service provider.

The company added that users can deploy virtual machines with specified service levels from a service catalog, view reports, monitor performance, and pay only for the services they use. This transformation shifts the paradigm from component-level infrastructure management, to cloud-based delivery of IT services, reducing the cost and complexity of managing IT.

Raghu Raghuram, vice president and general manager of server business unit at VMware, said: “With the VMware vCenter family of products, customers will be able to dramatically simplify infrastructure management, service delivery, and application management eliminating tedious manual tasks, achieving greater visibility into datacenter operations, and ultimately guaranteeing service levels through set-and-forget policy-based control.”

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Reportedly, CapacityIQ will be available in the fourth quarter of 2009 and ConfigControl will be available in 2010.

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