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Cirba Announces Software-Defined Control for KVM and OpenStack-Based Private Clouds

Cirba Inc., the leading provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, today announced support for KVM-based environments running OpenStack’s cloud management platform. Cirba’s predictive analytics densify and reduce risk in KVM environments by safely optimizing VM hosting, placement and sizing decisions. KVM is the most recent addition to the list of hypervisors supported by Cirba, which includes VMware ESX, IBM PowerVM, Microsoft Hyper-V and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

Cirba’s award-winning Control Console provides unprecedented visibility into opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce capacity-related performance risks in KVM infrastructure. Using Cirba will eliminate the need for organizations to manually determine where workloads should be placed and enable them to make more efficient use of hardware and software resources. Cirba has been shown to increase VM density by an average of 48% in VMware-based infrastructure. In addition, Cirba’s Reservation Console provides integration to OpenStack to automate the entire process of selecting the optimal hosting environment (including Region and Availability Zone) for new workloads and reserve compute and storage capacity. The Reservation Console automates “fit for purpose” placements of new workloads across multi-hypervisor, multi-SLA, multi-site virtual and cloud environments.

“Many organizations are looking to adopt more than one hypervisor. Having the ability to model all workload demand in one system is critical to understanding how much infrastructure is required, how it should be configured and where new workloads should be placed to take maximum advantage of available resources. Only Cirba enables organizations to balance infrastructure supply and application demand for greater efficiency and control in single hypervisor, multi-hypervisor, software-defined and hybrid cloud environments,” said Andrew Hillier, CTO and co-Founder of Cirba.

“Cisco is a big supporter of OpenStack and KVM as an alternative to more traditional choices. The richness of management solutions around OpenStack and KVM is of utmost importance to organizations that are considering this alternative. Cirba’s capabilities bring very sophisticated analytics and integrations that in many ways leapfrog the capabilities found in some of the more established offerings. Advancements like this make it even more likely that companies will deploy KVM in volume,” said Michael O’Gorman, Distinguished Engineer in the Chief Technology & Architecture Office & CTO of the Cloud & Virtualization Group at Cisco®.

“Adding Cirba’s predictive analytics to KVM-based infrastructure provides unprecedented policy-based control that enables organizations to take the platform beyond just Dev/Test and into production-level environments,” said Hillier.

To learn more, watch a short demonstration of Cirba for KVM on OpenStack at:

Cirba will be demonstrating its software-defined infrastructure control solution at the upcoming OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada May 18-22, 2015.

Cirba will ship support for KVM environments running OpenStack in June 2015.

Published Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:34 AM by David Marshall
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