tug
Volume 4, Number 32 -- September 6, 2007

Virtugo Expands Virtualization Management Tools

Published: September 6, 2007

by Timothy Prickett Morgan

As soon as commercial-grade server virtualization hypervisors were launched three years ago, everyone in the server racket knew that over the long haul--which is not very long in the computer business--the hypervisor would become a commodity and all of the money would soon drift up the stack to the management tools that made hypervisors and their guest operating systems do interesting things. This, of course, has turned out to be the case, and Virtugo Software is, like many other players, building out a set of tools to chase the opportunities.

You might have heard of Virtugo Software earlier this year, when a systems management company called uXcomm, based in Beaverton, Oregon, acquired Virtugo in April to add virtualization capabilities to its tools. At the end of June, uXcomm changed its name to Virtugo Software.

uXcomm was founded in 2003 and brought a policy-based systems management tool called XManage to market in 2006; it was updated in the fall of 2006, and by the end of the year, with XManage 2.1 release uXcomm's tool was able to discover, monitor, and manage not only physical servers out there on the network, but also instances of virtual machines and the operating systems embedded inside of them using the Xen hypervisor from XenSource. uXcomm sells its software on an OEM basis, and then vendors make it part of their products; Linux cluster server maker Penguin Computing licenses as part of its Scyld Beowulf systems, for example. uXcomm bought Virtugo to get management tools for VMware ESX Server partitions and to integrate with Microsoft's Operations Manager systems management tool for Windows servers. Virtugo's VirtualSuite allocates CPU, memory, and disk storage resources on VMware partitions in real time (and works as a complement to VMware's own VirtualCenter management tools), and it includes a rules-based engine that stores policies to automatically track who is using what IT assets inside the virtual machines and charge back the costs of those resources to the department and end users who consumed them. VirtualSuite also included capacity planning and resource capacity planning tools. With the addition of Virtugo, uXcomm grew to more than 25 employees.

With VirtualSuite Release 6, announced this week, the company is putting five modules into the market to manage VMware ESX Server and Xen environments. The Optimize module, which is the core piece of software that uXcomm bought earlier this year, dynamically tunes ESX Server and Xen hypervisors and their guests. According to Chris Dickson, vice president of marketing for Virtugo Software, VirtualSuite Release 6 does not manage VMware Server hypervisors and their guests (this is the freebie, hosted version of VMware's hypervisor) or VMware Workstation images, and Release 6 does not support the Xen hypervisors that Red Hat and Novell have buried inside their respective Enterprise Server 5 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Linuxes. Like other virtualization tool vendors, Virtugo Software is waiting for customers to ask for capabilities before committing to development--especially important since ESX Server is the dominant hypervisor out there in data centers.

The Virtugo Perform module in Release 6 is a graphical performance monitoring tool that shows real-time usage of CPU, memory, and I/O resources, while the Capacity module tracks usage of resources in host servers and inside their virtual machines at a higher level to enable capacity planning for changing or future workloads. The Meter module gathers up physical and virtual resource usage statistics and allows the monitoring of resources by users and applications to enable IT managers to do proper chargeback to company departments for the resources they use in the virtualized environment.

"With the capability in this suite, IT organizations can not only tune up their virtualized environment, but they can explain to users that if they want more resources, they are going to have to pay more--and show them how much depending on when they want to use the resources," explains Dickson.

The final module, Virtugo VDI, is a set of tools for the configuration and patching of physical and virtual PC desktops; this module does automatic discovery of physical PCs and their software out there on the network. It is based on the various server tools in the suite, but bent to the task of managing virtualized PC images.

VirtualSuite Release 6 is available now, and costs $349 per processor socket for the machines under management for the Optimize module and $1,699 per socket for the whole suite. Virtugo Software does not charge by the number of nodes under management, the number of hypervisors, or the number of processor cores in the nodes under management.

Dickson says that 60 customers are using the Optimize software or the beta for the Release 6 suite. The company's customers include retailer JC Penney, which has 100 ESX Servers under management. MCI, Amtrak, Enterprise Car Rental, and Qualcomm are also reference customers for the VirtualSuite tools.


RELATED STORY

uXcomm Buys Virtugo to Bolster Virtualization Management



                     Post this story to del.icio.us
               Post this story to Digg
    Post this story to Slashdot


Sponsored By
MKS

MKS Takes Risk Out of Change Management
for Puget Sound Blood Center

At Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) we need our systems to run
24/7 x 365 days a year - lives depend on it.

Software change can be risky business. MKS gives us
one change management solution across all of our platforms.

With MKS for System i and distributed change control,
our systems run risk free.

With MKS, we are one.

Read our story: Puget Sound Blood Center


Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik,
Shannon O'Donnell, Timothy Prickett Morgan
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
Contact the Editors: To contact anyone on the IT Jungle Team
Go to our contacts page and send us a message.

Sponsored Links

COMMON:  Join us at the annual 2008 conference, March 30 - April 3, in Nashville, Tennessee
Lakeview Technology:  Recover lost data instantly with MIMIX for AIX
NowWhatJobs.net:  NowWhatJobs.net is the resource for job transitions after age 40


 

IT Jungle Store Top Book Picks

The System i Pocket RPG & RPG IV Guide: List Price, $69.95
The iSeries Pocket Database Guide: List Price, $59.00
The iSeries Pocket Developers' Guide: List Price, $59.00
The iSeries Pocket SQL Guide: List Price, $59.00
The iSeries Pocket Query Guide: List Price, $49.00
The iSeries Pocket WebFacing Primer: List Price, $39.00
Migrating to WebSphere Express for iSeries: List Price, $49.00
iSeries Express Web Implementer's Guide: List Price, $59.00
Getting Started with WebSphere Development Studio for iSeries: List Price, $79.95
Getting Started With WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries: List Price, $89.00
Getting Started with WebSphere Express for iSeries: List Price, $49.00
WebFacing Application Design and Development Guide: List Price, $55.00
Can the AS/400 Survive IBM?: List Price, $49.00
The All-Everything Machine: List Price, $29.95
Chip Wars: List Price, $29.95


 
The Four Hundred
IBM Explains Its Domino 8 on DB2/400 Spike

Consumers Create a Feedback Loop into IT

Aldon Works on Acquisitions to Build Out Biz

Mad Dog 21/21: Leverage

The Linux Beacon
Oracle Adds Features to Linux, Validates Configurations

Novell Almost Profits on Rising Linux, Stabilizing NetWare

Ubuntu Opens Up Development for LTS 8.04, Due in April 2008

Consumers Create a Feedback Loop into IT

Four Hundred Stuff
SugarCRM Delivers 'Landmark' Release

Automating Database Encryption Expands Linoma's Portfolio

Services a Priority at ASNA after Merger with BluePhoenix

The Data Quality Inflection Point

Big Iron
PSI Adopts NEC Itanium Servers for Mainframe Clones

Top Mainframe Stories From Around the Web

Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

Four Hundred Guru
PHP: An Easy Yet Powerful Language Syntax

I Want My F15 Back!

Admin Alert: Magical & Mysterious iSeries Access CWB Programs

System i PTF Guide
August 11, 2007: Volume 9, Number 32

August 4, 2007: Volume 9, Number 31

July 28, 2007: Volume 9, Number 30

July 21, 2007: Volume 9, Number 29

July 14, 2007: Volume 9, Number 28

July 7, 2007: Volume 9, Number 27

The Windows Observer
Microsoft Delays Windows Server 2008

Microsoft Preps Windows Vista SP1

ISO Rejects Microsoft's Open XML as Standard

The Data Quality Inflection Point

Four Hundred Monitor
Four Hundred Monitor's
Full iSeries Events Calendar

THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY:

Centrify
Vibrant Technologies
Roaring Penguin
Canvas Systems
MKS


Printer Friendly Version


TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Left and Right Hands of Sun

Core Transition Complete as Intel Ships 'Tigerton' Xeon MPs

NetApp Sues Sun Over File System Patents

Mad Dog 21/21: Leverage

But Wait, There's More:

SCO Versus Novell Case Still Very Much Alive . . . IBM Sets Software Prices for Sun's Niagara-2 Processors . . . XenSource Offers Embedded Hypervisor for Servers . . . Vizioncore Expands Beyond VMware with Management Tools . . . Virtugo Expands Virtualization Management Tools . . . Aberdeen Ranks the TCO of Mid-Market ERP Software . . .

The Unix Guardian

BACK ISSUES





 
Subscription Information:
You can unsubscribe, change your email address, or sign up for any of IT Jungle's free e-newsletters through our Web site at http://www.itjungle.com/sub/subscribe.html.

Copyright © 1996-2008 Guild Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Guild Companies, Inc., 50 Park Terrace East, Suite 8F, New York, NY 10034

Privacy Statement