Opsware targets datacentre for automation

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Opsware targets datacentre for automation

IT Automation software provider Opsware has launched Opsware System 6, what it calls the first integrated family of products for comprehensive datacentre automation.
 
Opsware says that the suite is a significant advancement in delivering its vision for automated management of whole applications within datacentres. The vision spans broad application infrastructure requirements across servers, networks, software infrastructure, storage and business applications.
 
Driven by the broad adoption of Internet technologies within enterprises, Opsware believes that today’s IT organisations are challenged to manage applications that operate at a scale and complexity that is far greater than even 7 to 10 years ago.

Opsware says that rather than being confined to single, large servers, today’s applications are distributed across the enterprise and geographic boundaries, frequently spanning many hundreds of servers, software components, network devices and storage systems.
 
Furthermore, with the proliferation of Web services and similar technologies, applications integrate and intercommunicate with each other more than ever before, further complicating changes to any portion of the infrastructure. All of this has led to an explosion in IT costs and enormous application management complexity, with both budgets and service levels being hit hard.

To address this problem, Opsware claims that its System 6 product family automates across-the-board aspects of deploying and managing applications and, for the first time, allows IT to obtain a unified picture of an application’s complete presence within the enterprise.
 
Opsware System 6 offers the ability to visually view all servers, networks, applications and all their interdependencies; the ability to drive change from an interactive visual view of the environment; automated software management for complex, multi-tiered applications; instant visibility into application and infrastructure compliance and a real-time security automation service that identifies and remediates vulnerabilities and compliance issues automatically.


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