VMware outs datacentre automation gear

Summary:VMware is moving upstream in the software stack into IT operations management. VMware rolled out VMware vCenter Operations yesterday, which will aim to integrate computing assets, capacity and configurations. Analytics will help automate virtualised datacentre infrastructure.

VMware is moving upstream in the software stack into IT operations management. VMware rolled out VMware vCenter Operations yesterday, which will aim to integrate computing assets, capacity and configurations. Analytics will help automate virtualised datacentre infrastructure.

The backdrop is that VMware is increasingly moving up the datacentre stack. As the hypervisor market becomes commoditised, VMware is aiming higher. First, VMware rolled out the vSphere cloud operating system. And now the company is looking to IT management software.

vCenter Operations will be tightly integrated with vSphere, but can manage other infrastructure, said Rob Smoot, director of product marketing management at VMware. "We're expanding from infrastructure management to operations management," said Smoot.

VMware's cloud strategy

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The rub: VMware's operations play could compete with everything from BMC to IBM's Tivoli to HP's OpenView to Microsoft's System Center to other packages. "The reality today is that we're in a state of competition," said Smoot, who added that there will be a lot of integration with third-party systems. "We're not building out a broad portfolio. You can use data from System Center and other aspects. It's not meant to be a broad framework as much as automation and intelligence."

VMware operations strategy

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Bottom line is that VMware wants a bigger role in managing your datacentre.

The key points:

  • vCenter Operations is primarily hooked into vSphere. The aim is to collect data from physical components and management software in the enterprise. vCenter Operations then puts that data in a dashboard.
  • The application is designed to diagnose problems and ensure server levels.
  • vCenter operations is expected to speed up change management and manual efforts.
  • Smoot said the aspiration of vCenter Operations is to take as much of the human element out of management.

According to VMware, vCenter Operations comes in the following flavours:

  • A standard edition offers performance management with capacity and change tracking for VMware vSphere environments.
  • An advanced version adds capacity analytics and planning. This flavour is also focused on vSphere shops.
  • The enterprise addition of vCenter Operations will offer performance, capacity and configuration management for both virtual and physical environments.

These versions will be available late in the first quarter with prices starting at US$50 per virtual machine.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Software, Data Centers, Emerging Tech

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