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ManageIQ Extends Virtual Management and Automation for Enterprises
ManageIQ, the emerging leader in the management and automation of virtualized environments, today announced Version 2.0 of its Enterprise Virtualization Management (EVM) Suite. The EVM suite, powered by ManageIQs patent-pending SmartState technology, provides the essential insight, control and automation enterprises need to maintain the manageability, reliability and security of their virtual infrastructures. Version 2.0 expands EVMs policy-based virtual configuration management capabilities, and provides enterprises with significant new features supporting advanced virtualization deployments.

Virtual configuration management is fundamentally different, and problems like VM sprawl and management of offline virtual machines are just the tip of the iceberg, said Joseph Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of ManageIQ. He added, Enterprises strategically leveraging virtualized infrastructures to enhance IT agility, availability, and efficiency are facing major configuration management challenges that simply didnt exist in the pre-virtual world. Configuration and operational activities are more dynamic, distributed and complex with self-service provisioning and delegated administration. The unique real-time visibility into virtual environments and the continuous policy-based control EVM provides are essential.

Configuration management is the foundation for almost every other management discipline. If you dont do it correctly, you set yourself up for failure - its an exposure for security, high availability, and reliability, said Ronni Colville, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. She added, Virtualization dramatically impacts configuration management, changing how systems are built, updated, and managed. Solutions that provide policy-based automation of configuration management processes for virtual servers can deliver considerable IT savings that are not possible with labor intensive, task-based systems.

The EVM suite was designed and built to support the unique demands of virtual management and automation. EVM Suite Version 2.0 contains significant enhancements based on feedback from enterprises strategically leveraging virtualization technology. The suite currently includes EVM Insight and EVM Control.

EVM Insight - Delivers real-time visibility with continuous, agent-free discovery and tracking of configuration information, configuration drift, genealogy, and relationship mapping. Enhancements to EVM Insight include:

  • Comprehensive Real-time Discovery - Expanded discovery capabilities now include support for VLANs, LUNs, additional virtual appliances, OVF formatted containers, and more detailed discovery of virtual machine resources including snapshots. New customer extensible discovery capabilities enable the discovery of unique information such as registry settings, files and configuration parameters. EVMs agent-free discovery enables managers to quickly identify and assess VMs, control VM sprawl, and easily identify offline VMs that require patching or updates.
  • Baselining and Drift Comparison - Expanded to include hosts, network resources, VM disk information, management metadata, and virtual hardware configuration. Comparisons yield quick identification of configuration changes in the virtual infrastructure, simplifying and speeding compliance monitoring and problem resolution.
  • Relationship & Dependency Mapping - Automatic identification and mapping of relationships across a wider range of virtual resources, including virtual machines and appliances, genealogy, hosts, clusters, data centers, OVF, networking and storage components. Mapping and visualization of the many complex relationships in the virtual environment improves reliability, simplifies problem resolution and increases availability.
  • Visualization & Reporting - Expanded Virtual Intelligence capabilities include improved Virtual Timelines, which now include additional events and are customizable; additional out of the box reports; alerts and RSS feeds which include moves, adds, and changes for VMs, hosts, offline VM patch levels and more. EVMs Virtual Intelligence provides analytics and visualization of the virtual environment, and supports information sharing through reports, graphs, and charts, as well as web-services, alerts and RSS feeds.

EVM Control provides real-time, policy-based management, security, and compliance capabilities for virtualized environments. Policy-based automation at key operations, configuration and life cycle points enforce IT standards, improve reliability and availability, and reduce risk. Enhancements to EVM Control include:

  • Policy-Based Management - The new model-based EVM Policy Administrator which simplifies specification of even complex policies. The new Policy Template Library provides a ready-to-use set of policies containing common configuration management policies.
  • Configurable Policy Enforcement - Support for additional policy-enforcement points, including when taking snapshots, at cloning, and before other reconfiguration activities. Expanded enforcement points enable more precise control of the virtual environment.
  • Adaptive Policy Engine - New support for multiple policy profiles, model-based policy specification and expanded set of out-of-the-box policy actions. These enable policy reuse, delegation and provide additional control and automation.
  • Role Delegation & Separation of Duties - Role-Based Access Control now supports authentication and access control via integration with enterprise LDAP directories. Delegated VM administration and operations, snapshot management and virtual machine console access is now supported from EVM Console for authorized users.

EVM Insight and EVM Control will be generally available in July 2008.

Published Monday, June 09, 2008 9:40 PM by David Marshall
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