VMware releases vCenter CapacityIQ; FCIA announces 16 GB Fibre Channel: News roundup

VMware releases vCenter CapacityIQ for capacity management; FCIA completes 16 Gb Fibre Channel standard; CIOs concerned with app management in the cloud; and more news of the week.

VMware releases vCenter CapacityIQ
VMware has unveiled vCenter CapacityIQ, a capacity management tool for VMware virtualised environments. CapacityIQ, which is part of the vCenter product family, provides IT administrators visibility of past, present and future infrastructure capacity so they can determine which resources are available and estimate when capacity is due to run out. The product also analyses resource patterns to automatically generate a list of virtual machines that have been over-provisioned. This allows admins to reclaim unused resources instead of purchasing additional capacity.

FCIA announces completion of 16 Gb Fibre Channel standard

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) has announced completion of the technical work on 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel (16GFC), which vendors need in order to commit to upcoming designs based on the FC-PI-5 standard. With 16GFC, users will experience twice the bandwidth of 8GFC and double the savings in price, performance, power and port density. To preserve customer investments, 16GFC provides easy migration from 8GFC. By doubling the number of ports that can be virtualised on a single physical Fibre Channel port, the technology will lower power use and offer flexible configurability.

CIOs concerned about applications management in the cloud
A recent survey by software application traffic management company Zeus Technology found that 55% of CIOs already use or plan to use cloud computing, but just 14% have a solution in place to manage it. According to the Zeus survey, cloud adoption is increasing, but IT decision makers remain concerned about the management and control of applications and resources once they're moved to a cloud environment. Almost half of respondents (48%) worry about a lack of cost control, and 27% fret about scalability. Vendor lock-in was the biggest concern, as 65% of organisations raised the issue. To coincide with the research, Zeus has released its Zeus Traffic Manager version 6.0, which is designed to make it easier for organisations to manage Web traffic in alignment with business requirements.

Virtual licensing clarified at Fast Ltd. round table
Software Asset Management and IT Compliance authority Fast Ltd. held a recent roundtable called "Making Sense of Licensing," where experts agreed that there must be a collaborative effort to simplify licensing management within a virtual environment. Microsoft and Oracle were at the event, and sponsors included Numara Software, Webroot, and others. Emma Healey, licensing and escalation manager at Microsoft, said the software vendor recently adopted a new approach to licensing. She said Microsoft previously had over 100 programmes, but to make purchasing licenses simpler, it has cut the number to 17 worldwide.

Kayleigh Bateman is the site editor for SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.uk.

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