HP ships VirtualSystem for VMware
Despite customer skepticism about the need for all-in-one converged infrastructure bundles, Hewlett-Packard launched three VirtualSystems for VMware, combining HP servers, storage, networking, storage and VMware virtualization. VirtualSystem for VMware competes with offerings such as VCE Company’s Vblock and NetApp’s FlexPod.
VirtualSystems come in three sizes: The VS1 targets environments of up to 750 virtual machines (VMs) and comprises HP ProLiant rackmount servers, LeftHand Networks storage, HP networking, HP Insight Control and VMware virtualization. The VS2 supports up to 2,500 VMs and replaces the rackmount ProLiant servers with an HP BladeSystem server chassis with VirtualConnect. The VS3 builds on the VS2 to support up to 6,000 VMs, while swapping out LeftHand storage for a 3PAR array. The VS3 can also be upgraded to a CloudSystem with a software license key.
HP VirtualSystem for VMware is generally available, and will be joined by VirtualSystem models for Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V.
Sentilla predicts cloud savings
Sentilla, an energy management startup, refashioned its analytics software to predict cost savings of transitioning from virtual to physical to cloud infrastructure. Sentilla Analytics for Cloud allows IT managers to understand the financial impact of migrating applications between those environments, detailing the required capital spend on equipment, operating expense on personnel, maintenance, power consumption, software licensing and other metrics. Sentilla Analytics for Cloud is integrated with VMware vSphere and vCenter, and is available now.
ManageEngine unveils Applications Manager 10.0, OpManager 9.0
ManageEngine took this week’s VMworld 2011 as an opportunity to release new versions of its Applications Manager and OpManager suites. Applications Manager 10.0 provides availability and performance monitoring for applications, including VMware vCenter, vFabric tcServer, and Amazon S3; capacity planning for virtual environments; and end-user experience monitoring with support for Ping, DNS, LDAP and Mail Server RTT. OpManager 9.0 provides infrastructure monitoring and now provides runbook automation for VMware operations such as power off, power on, reset, and suspend and reboot VMs and hosts. The company also announced free tools for monitoring VMware environments that are available from its website.
Network Instruments tracks the cloud
Network Instruments can now peer into workloads running on private and public cloud environments with its Observer Infrastructure (OI) product. The latest version of OI integrates with private and public APIs, including CloudKick, to provide insight into Infrastructure as a Service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine, Rackspace, GoGrid and Hosting.com. OI can now also monitor VCE Company Vblocks and NetApp FlexPods as logical private cloud instances.
DynamicOps wrangles cloud, physical resources
DynamicOps Cloud Automation Center, a governance and self-service platform, now supports workloads running in the Amazon EC2 public cloud, while simultaneously providing bare-metal provisioning across Cisco UCS, Dell and HP servers with its new DynamicOps Physical Resource Manager. The company also announced support for VMware vSphere 5.0, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) using Citrix XenDesktop 5.