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newScale Announces New Virtual Appliance and Free Trial of Service Catalog Solution for VMware
newScale Inc., the market leader in IT Service Catalog and Service Portfolio Management software solutions, today announced the availability of a new virtual appliance and free trial for the newScale FrontOfficeTM Suite for the Virtual Data Center – Workgroup Edition.

This new Service Catalog solution is packaged as a virtual appliance, includes pre-built integration with VMware vCenter, and is designed to improve governance for virtual machines from cradle to grave. IT operations can now offer a self-service menu of standard virtual server choices, while controlling who can request which options with entitlement-based access and automated approval processes. Unlike other self-service portal tools, the virtual server request forms and provisioning workflows are completely configurable without coding. Instead of logging into a complicated interface with technical terminology, application developers fill out easy-to-use forms that compile everything needed for an automated server build sheet.

The virtual appliance also offers new capabilities for service item lifecycle management, with an audit trail and tracking for the complete lifecycle of each virtual machine. This includes standard VM definitions, information on who requested specific instances and why, as-provisioned and change management history, as-running status, and decommission dates. VMware administrators will now have the visibility they need to determine which departments are consuming which resources, eliminate over-provisioning, reclaim unused virtual machines, and reduce virtual server sprawl.

The newScale Service Catalog for VMware trial is available now to qualified prospects at www.newScale.com/VMware. This 14-day trial includes everything you need to evaluate how newScale will work in your VMware environment:

  • Downloadable virtual appliance including newScale application software, database, VMware vCenter adapter and Web server;
  • Example library of content for the most common virtual server requests, including sample VM request forms and approval workflows;
  • Self-paced tutorial to guide you through the set-up and deployment process;
  • 1 hour personalized orientation session to answer your questions; and
  • Access to the newScale Support Portal and User Community with a subscription to the newScale tips and tricks program.

newScale, a VMware Technology Alliance Partner, developed this solution to complement and extend IT organizations’ investment in VMware infrastructure and maximize their ROI from virtualization. With the trial, VMware administrators will be able to set up a self-service portal, integrate to their existing VMware vCenter, and begin managing the full service lifecycle of virtual machines in just a few hours.

"VMware administrators face competing pressures to quickly and accurately deploy virtual server requests, while controlling demand to prevent server sprawl. With our self-service portal and service item lifecycle management, VMware administrators can easily address both needs,” said Scott Hammond, President and CEO, newScale, Inc. “Our new trial program provides a risk-free path to evaluate how a newScale Service Catalog can ensure effective governance for VMware users.”

This latest release is part of a complete family of newScale Service Catalog solutions for the virtual data center. Perpetual licenses for the newScale FrontOffice Suite for the Virtual Data Center – Workgroup Edition are available for as little as $3,000, with the first year’s maintenance included.

This means IT organizations can get started now with managing self-service requests and the lifecycle of their virtual servers in VMware at a low price point – while providing the foundation for an internal cloud with a shared pool of virtual resources, or the flexibility to expand as needed for all their virtual as well as physical data center services. And, since this release is built on the same proven technology as other newScale products, customers can start with data center services today and grow their Service Catalog and Service Portfolio Management deployments to include end-user services such as desktop, facilities and other workplace needs over time.

For more information on the newScale FrontOffice Suite for the Virtual Data Center, visit www.newScale.com/Virtual_Data_Center.

Published Monday, August 10, 2009 5:55 PM by David Marshall
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