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Q&A: Interview with Egenera Talking Converged Infrastructure and PAN Manager 8.0

Yesterday at VMworld 2014, Egenera announced PAN Manager 8.0 including support for standard x86 rack servers.  This new capability effectively turns a data center into one agile converged infrastructure.  To find out more, I spoke with John Humphreys, VP of marketing at Egenera.

VMblog:  It's great to speak with you again.  Could you give us an overview of the company's latest news?

John Humphreys:  Great to speak with you too. On August 25, Egenera announced our new partnership with Emulex that will result in a combined solution to enable end users to treat standard x86 rack servers as converged infrastructure. This new capability means IT departments are now able to avoid vendor lock-in, so IT departments have maximum flexibility to manage a data center that they can custom build to their needs and not be limited to specific rack server and blade manufacturers.

VMblog:  What problem(s) do you solve with this new product feature?

Humphreys:  IT departments often have a broad mix of vendor hardware and both rack servers and blades in their data centers, but that makes it extremely difficult to manage since they're not all compatible with the same management platforms. The new product feature in PAN Manager 8.0 eliminates that complexity, allowing IT departments to manage them all under one single management system.

VMblog:  With all the discussions surrounding public, private and hybrid cloud, could you describe how Egenera fits into these discussions about the cloud space?

Humphreys:  Like all other areas of technology, the cloud is evolving as well. A single cloud service rarely can accommodate all of an organization's needs. Mission critical applications, databases, legacy apps and transactional systems that require low latency are all examples of applications that may not fit into a standard cloud offering. Egenera offers solutions that can automatically provision and manage complex multi-tier applications across all of these environments, and provide IT departments with unified command and control layer for their private, public and hybrid cloud resources. And with this announcement, we'll provide customers with even more choice when managing their on-premise compute infrastructure.

VMblog:  And if you would, can you tell us more about who uses Egenera.

Humphreys:  Our primary customers are service providers and enterprise IT organizations that serve all types of industries including government agencies, financial service firms, healthcare organizations and cloud service providers. To ensure our solutions are interoperable with the infrastructure our customers use, we also have over 50 partnerships with companies such as Emulex, Brocade, EMC, Citrix, Dell and Fujitsu as well as many others.

VMblog:  And is there any other information that you'd like to share with our readers?

Humphreys:  Our mission has always been clear; to provide the absolute best converged infrastructure and cloud management software solutions on the market. This new capability improves IT flexibility and efficiency even further. Egenera is the first and only company to deliver this level of flexibility and automation in a converged infrastructure management solution.

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Once again, thanks to John Humphreys for taking time out to speak with VMblog.

Published Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:04 AM by David Marshall
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