December 04, 2006
Novell announced the first offerings
of its desktop-to-data center management initiative, including the
availability of a comprehensive set of solutions which orchestrate the
management of virtual machines, high performance computing and other IT
resources. Following the agreement with Microsoft earlier this month,
these offerings are the next steps in Novell's plan to deliver on its
vision of interoperable, cross-platform management solutions. Systems
management solutions from Novell provide open standards-based
management that covers the entire enterprise IT environment, from Linux
to UNIX to Windows, and helps customers maximize the value of their
technology infrastructure. These solutions are designed to help
organizations more closely align IT to their business needs, control
costs and minimize their risks.
As organizations adopt new technologies, including Linux, open source and virtualization, they gain performance and cost benefits but can face an additional level of management complexity. Four new solutions from the Novell ZENworks systems and resource management family provide a complete set of integrated ITIL-based services that automate management across diverse server and client platforms for both physical and virtual environments. These systems management solutions from Novell now manage and schedule heterogeneous virtual machine deployments, including Xen virtualization on Linux, and automate the load balancing of these machines. To increase the strategic use of available resources, these new solutions use policy-based orchestration to schedule jobs, reserve resources in advance, dynamically re-prioritize resources to meet service demands, and learn to proactively provision or deprovision resources.
"Companies today are looking to virtual machines as one way of consolidating servers, saving power and space, and increasing the efficiency of their IT investments," said Ronni Colville, research vice president at Gartner. "However, while virtualization can reduce the physical requirements of the data center, it can also compound the level of management complexity. To maximize their computing potential in the data center, customers need cross-platform systems management solutions for both virtual machines and physical machines."
With these new ZENworks solutions, customers can automate IT data center operations using dynamic, policy-driven solutions that aim to ensure security and compliance, eliminate administrator effort and enable total control over their IT environment from the desktop to the data center.
Joe Wagner, Novell general manager of systems
and resource management, said, "The latest Novell ZENworks management
solutions are aimed squarely at answering customer calls for
interoperable solutions. Novell ZENworks Orchestrator and Virtual
Machine Management allow organizations to leverage the power of
virtualization and increase the performance of their IT investments.
These two solutions, complemented by ZENworks HPC Management and
ZENworks 7.5 Asset Management, put customers in control of their
computing resources, while reducing the costs and simplifying the
management of their desktops and data centers."
Industry partners are expressing their support and commitment to Novell's vision of interoperable, cross-platform solutions that help the customer manage and maximize their IT investment.
"Virtualization offers organizations many key IT benefits including simpler deployment and more efficient use of computing resources," said Terri Hall, vice president of Software Alliances and Solutions for AMD. "Having worked with the open source community to deliver virtualization to the enterprise market, AMD is pleased to see Novell deliver new cross-platform management solutions designed to accelerate the adoption of virtualization and maximize system performance."
"We partner with Novell because they share our vision of driving standards," said Subo Guha, director of Dell software marketing. "Novell's systems and resource management solutions leverage open standards to manage heterogeneous virtual and physical machines which simplifies operations and improves utilization. Novell is helping to create scalable and interoperable building blocks that allow customers to cost effectively implement server virtualization across their enterprises."
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