Virtualisation vendor, VMware, is spruiking a new strategy and a new line of virtualisation management product.
At the VMware Partner Exchange in Orlando, USA, the vendor was pushing the IT-as-a-service ideology with infrastructure, cloud applications and end-user computing forming the three layers of the “new IT stack”.
Management is something that has a role in all three of the layers in the IT stack. While the vendor has played strictly in the virtualisation and cloud computing space it is looking to branch out to supporting more sophisticated capabilities such as security and management.
“We are going to have solutions now that not only cover the virtual but also just enough of the physical [IT environment] to help customers bring that into the fold to continue their journey towards more virtualisation,” VMware senior manager for products and solutions, Michael Warrilow, said.
“Australia and New Zealand already have really high levels of penetration with vSphere (VMware's cloud operating system) per capita.
“We’ve done the easy stuff, now we have to do the hard stuff.”
VMware’s new virtualisation management offering, vCenter Operations, can monitor virtual environments by collecting performance and capacity data.
The standard and advanced editions offer performance with capacity and change awareness for VMware vSphere-virtualised and cloud environments only.
The standard suite start at $50 per virtual machine.
“For smaller resellers, $50 per virtual machine provides an attractive price for them to approach their install base to have discussions about management,” Warrilow said.
vCentre Operations is suitable for large system integrators as well, he said.
Enterprise edition carries performance management capabilities for both virtual and physical environments.
VMware will provide 50 free licences for vCenter Operations to customers that purchased vSphere late last year. The vendor is providing a 60-day trial for up to 500 licences.
vCenter Operations is available from March 15.