Novell has unveiled the first offerings of its desktop-to-datacentre management initiative, which aims to facilitate better management of virtual machines, high-performance computing and other IT resources.
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Following the agreement with Microsoft in November 2006, these offerings are the next steps in Novell’s plan to deliver on its vision of interoperable, cross-platform management solutions. Novell says that its systems management solutions provide open standards-based management that covers the entire enterprise IT environment and helps customers maximise the value of their technology infrastructure.
Putting its move into context, Novell says that as companies adopt new technologies - such as Linux, open source and virtualisation - they gain performance and cost benefits but can face an extra level of management complexity. The four new solutions that come from the Novell ZENworks systems and resource management family are designed to address these concerns.
The solutions, insists their maker, provide a complete set of integrated ITIL-based services that automate management across diverse server and client platforms for both physical and virtual environments. These manage and schedule heterogeneous virtual machine deployments, including Xen virtualisation on Linux and automated load balancing
of these machines.
As part of plans to increase the strategic use of available resources, these solutions use policy-based orchestration to schedule jobs, reserve resources in advance, dynamically re-prioritise resources to meet service demands and learn to provision resources proactively.
“Companies today are looking to virtual machines as one way of consolidating servers - saving power and space - and increasing the efficiency of their IT investments,” comments Ronni Colville, research vice-president at Gartner. “However, while virtualisation can reduce the physical requirements of the datacentre, it can also compound the level of management complexity. To maximise their computing potential in the datacentre, customers need cross-platform systems management solutions for both virtual machines and physical machines.”