Cloud Management

VMUnify is among the first Cloud management platform to support the Hyper-V R2 platform

The R2 release of System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012 surely ups the competition between Microsoft and the VMware platforms. Taken head to head, it looks like Microsoft has caught up with VMware on many features.

With version 2.9, VMUnify is among the first Cloud management platform that supports the R2 platform.

The features supported are:

ControlCircle launches MaxCloud to keep control of corporate IT infrastructure ‘virtual sprawl’

Grazed from ControlCircle. Author: PR Announcement.

MaxCloud provides a complete view of corporate Amazon Web Services and IT infrastructure for monitoring and optimisation Corporate users of Amazon Web Services (AWS) can now have complete visibility of their cloud computing operations with the launch of MaxCloud, a new monitoring service from ControlCircle.

Research from the Cloud Industry Forum highlights that 79 per cent of CIOs want a single monitoring solution to oversee all IT operations but only 30 per cent of CIOs perceive that they have this capability today. In response, MaxCloud provides IT management with a holistic and unified view of their estate, bringing transparency to the infrastructure. This ensures that organisations can maintain control of quality, governance and expenditure, enabling them to correlate IT spend and value...

Rackspace banks on DevOps to help companies automate cloud management

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Mikael Ricknäs.

Rackspace Hosting is extending its support offerings to include DevOps tools such as Chef to help enterprises automate the management of their clouds. Through its new DevOps Automation Service, Rackspace will provide support for DevOps tools that help enterprises deploy and scale applications running on Linux. The service will soon work with Windows as well, Rackspace said on Thursday. DevOps is a software development concept that aims to smooth out the interaction between development and operations departments.

Although the service can be used by anyone, it fits best when enterprises need to scale up infrastructure quickly or expect to do so in the future. Enterprises can, for example, turn to Rackspace to get help with infrastructure automation using Chef or with monitoring using StatsD, Graphite and New Relic, the company said on its website. Rackspace also offers support for tools used for workflow automation, log aggregation and source control...

ScaleXtreme Launches Advanced Cloud Management

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

ScaleXtreme is combining server management with enterprise cloud management in its new Advanced Cloud Management product, which is now in general availability but has been tested over the last few months in Fortune 500 companies. The new product was designed to be fully integrated with ScaleXtreme's existing server management capabilities, which include server and application monitoring, patch management and job automation. It also includes a new workflow and orchestration system, autoscaling, multi-cloud management capabilities and cloud access control features.

Early customers have used the new product to deploy complex cloud-based applications and secure central IT control over public cloud deployments on the likes of Amazon (AMZN) Web Services (AWS), Terremark Enterprise Cloud and Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Azure...

CSC Acquires Enterprise Cloud Management Company ServiceMesh

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

CSC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ServiceMesh, an enterprise cloud management company. This strategic acquisition enables CSC to continue its transformation into a next-generation IT company that helps its clients migrate their applications into cloud computing environments.

"The future of next-generation IT infrastructure will involve a set of multiple clouds utilized simultaneously by enterprises," explained CSC President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Lawrie. "ServiceMesh allows us to catalogue enterprise applications and orchestrate those applications dynamically to run in different clouds based on the characteristics of the applications. From our unique position as an independent global technology company, we will integrate those workloads for our clients through our portfolio of services and technologies."...

VMware Latest Cloud Management Portfolio To Help IT Keep Pace with Cloud, IaaS Adoptions

Grazed from IDEvnews. Author: Vance McCarthy.

By the end of the year, VMware is poised to ship an ambitious range of cloud management offerings aimed to help IT quickly and easily embrace business-facing cloud services. Earlier this month, VMware executives previewed releases for vCloud Automation Center 6.0; VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8; VMware IT Business Management Suite, and VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5. The company also updated the automation and management features of its VMware vCloud Suite 5.5, which it rolled out in August.

“With these cloud management solutions, VMware is pulling out all the stops to support for heterogeneous and on-demand services in a way that IT is more responsive to business needs,” VMware’s Martin Klaus, group manager for product marketing, told IDN...

VMware Updates Multi-Platform Cloud Mgmt Products

Grazed from ExecutiveBiz. Author: Mary-Louise Hoffman.

VMware has unveiled a series of updates to its virtualization software portfolio that will work to help enterprises manage workloads in multiple cloud computing-based platforms, Network World reported Tuesday.
Brandon Butler writes the company updated its vCloud Automation Center that is built to automate information technology services delivery.

Version six of the automation tool is built to work with Red Hat OpenStack in addition to Microsoft‘s and Amazon‘s cloud infrastructures, according to the report. Butler reports vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8 incorporates analytics technology that is designed to help users monitor configuration issues in cloud platforms from Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and VMware...

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Increase Productivity with an Integrated Mobility Manager

Grazed from CIO. Author: Christopher Janoch.

I sat next to a senior sales executive from a large cellular reseller on a plane recently, who was bitterly complaining about how mobile devices were complicating his life. He was carrying two cell phones, an iPad and a laptop—all with different applications and services—and he was struggling to access and email a document from the device he created it on to another. His struggle is a common one; studies show that more than 52 percent of information workers use three or more devices for work.

In another example from a recent client engagement, I was interviewing a remote office manager who was required by her office to carry two separate laptops—one for use in her client’s network environment (which she used for meetings, presentations, and project scheduling), and another for her company’s native environment (which she used for resource management, corporate email, and secure document access)...

Manage Cloud Computing With Policies, Not Permissions

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bernard Golden.

In my presentation on hybrid cloud computing at Interop New York, I began (as I often do) with a review of the NIST definition of the five characteristics of cloud computing. I think the National Institute of Standards and Technology has done a great service in codifying its definition, and I rely on it to communicate the key characteristics of cloud computing — and, more importantly, to draw the distinctions between cloud computing and the traditional IT approach to infrastructure management.

The first characteristic in NIST's definition relates to self-service: "A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each services provider."...

ThousandEyes Peers Into Cloud Performance

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: Ethan Banks.

While outsourcing applications or infrastructure to the public cloud relieves IT of some operational burdens, IT still has to monitor that infrastructure. Companies often overlook the complexity of troubleshooting a cloud app integrated with local infrastructure. If there’s a performance problem, is it the cloud provider? A congested link on the Internet path between the application and the consumer? A problem on the LAN?

How does one find the root cause without the provider and IT department pointing fingers at each other? This is the problem that ThousandEyes wants to address. ThousandEyes was founded in January 2010 to address the challenge of network performance management in the cloud era. I saw a presentation from ThousandEyes at Network Field Day 6, and have also played with a trial version of the service...