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Scalent Virtual Operating Environment puts new twist on the adaptive datacenter

Quoting InfoWorld

The solution received a score of very good, 8.5.  With a bottom line of:

Scalent’s V/OE promises much, and it delivers. By separating the server from the hardware, you can move server instances among physical hardware and even among virtualization platforms in a seamless manner that retains all network, iSCSI, and FC connections. Combined with a very attractive and usable Flash-based GUI, V/OE 2.0 is a glimpse of what a truly adaptive datacenter could look like.

The article reads:

Not many products truly deliver what they promise. Scalent V/OE (Virtual Operating Environment) 2.0, however, comes as close to keeping its pledge as anything I’ve seen. Scalent is attempting -- and succeeding -- at reaching the pinnacle of datacenter management: a truly adaptive infrastructure.

Scalent V/OE has three components -- a central Controller, Agents on the servers, and a nifty GUI Console -- that separate the server from the hardware, making it possible to move server instances, called “personas,” between physical hardware and even between virtualization platforms in a seamless manner that retains all network, iSCSI, and FC (Fibre Channel) connections.

Meet your personas

I took a look at the forthcoming release of V/OE 2.0, and it’s quite complex. It involves a controller built on a Red Hat Linux base that essentially has its way with all associated network switches and server hardware. Switch interactions are handled via SNMP; the server side is driven by IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface)-compliant lights-out management features or a virtualization platform such as Microsoft Virtual Server, VMware, or XenSource.

Because of these requirements, V/OE has a relatively short list of supported hardware, including that of major vendors such as Cisco, Dell, HP, and Sun. I worked with a selection of servers, including three HP ProLiant DL360s, a Sun v20x server, and a Dell PowerEdge 2800 that I added later in the testing. One of the DL360s was running VMware ESX Server 2.5.2 with a single local disk, and the others were diskless.

Installation is also quite complex, so Scalent sends an engineer to do the initial build of the infrastructure, including assistance in building the initial server personas.

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Read the entire review, here.

Published Friday, September 22, 2006 2:48 PM by David Marshall
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