VMware Goes DevOps with New Management Tools

VMware Goes DevOps with New Management Tools

There’s no doubt that virtualization has made server administration easier, and some of the core tools of the DevOps movement, like Puppet and Chef, depend heavily on virtualization. Now VMware is hoping to make life easier for system admins again with three new suites of IT management tools, and these new tools smell of DevOps.

Here’s a quick look at the new suites:

The VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

The VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite is a collection of infrastructure management tools. It inlcludes a predictive analytics system for automating the IT troubleshooting process by helping admins find the source of problems, or by detecting issues before they become real problems. VMware expects it to ship in early 2012. It will compete with products with similar concepts from companies like Netuitive, Prelert and Nodeable. Pricing will start at $50 per virtual machine.

The vFabric Application Management Suite

The vFabric Application Management Suite consists of vFabric AppDirector and vFabric Application Performance Manager. AppDirector is a deployment automation tool that integrates with Puppet and Chef. Application Performance Manager is a tool for, well, managing application performance. AppDirector is expected to launch in early 2012, and Application Performance Manager is expected in Q4 2011. Pricing will start at $360 per VM.

The VMware IT Business Management Suite

One thing I keep hearing is that software-as-a-service and other cloud services will reduce the amount of actual server administration and application development that IT has to do. In this scenario, the IT department will spend more time brokering cloud services for various business units, advising business staff on what services to use. Other trends suggest that IT will remain very much in the game in terms of administration and development, but one thing is true – IT will probably be managing more SaaS accounts in the future.

The VMware IT Business Management Suite is based on VMware’s Digital Fuel acquisition earlier this year, and addresses the issue of cloud services management along with more traditional IT asset management. It consists of three modules: IT Finance Manager, IT Service Level Manager and IT Vendor Manager. VMware expects the suite to ship in Q4 2011. It will be priced on a per user basis, but VMware didn’t give me any pricing details.

Services Angle

DevOps means a lot of different things to people, but the elements tend to be: helping operations staff work more like developers through the use of automation tools and cloud services, applying elements of the agile development ideology to operations, helping operations and development work more closely together to speed up application development time and reducing the amount of operational friction developers face. These new products from VMware propose to help with most of these elements.

Klint Finley

Klint Finley is a Senior Writer at SiliconAngle. His specialties
include IT services, enterprise technology and software development.
Prior to SiliconAngle he was a writer for ReadWriteWeb. He's also a
former IT practicioner, and has written about technology for over a
decade. He can be contacted at angle@klintfinley.com.


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1 Comment

  1. Love the platform, the management, not so much
    Here’s why. 
    Business-ready clouds need great management.  And as we have seen in recent weeks, business needs great management. Not everyone is cut out for it, has that special something in the DNA. We watched one pass and another one crash and burn recently.
     And your Cloud should be no different. And while some people and tools are great at management, others, well it is not as simple as just saying “management”.  And when was the last time an infrastructure vendor provided great management?
    Great management requires a tops-down business focus (not a bottoms-up infrastructure view), an integrated lifecycle approach that improves how work gets done (instead of perpetuating silos),  experience across architecture design and processes (not only technology), trust and platform independence (no bias or self-interest)and a commitment to heterogeneity (not lock-in).
    The Doctor gets nervous when he hears the word “bundle”–code name “Suite”. What we have to do is look under the hood and see if this is really an integrated, platform approach or marketing. 
    Real clouds are built on something more tangible, despite the scientific claims that they are built with vapor.
    We have been discussing this recently on our blog, would love to hear what you think. Bmc.com/connect

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