Embotics Aligns Cloud Software Package to VMware vSphere

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-13 Print this article Print

The management software now has the ability to automate and thus more efficiently bring "rogue" virtual machines under control.

Virtualization management software maker Embotics Jan. 12 announced that it has added new features to its V-Commander product suite, which is now designed specifically for managing private cloud infrastructures alongside VMware vSphere.

Thus, Embotics' management software now has the ability to automate and thus more efficiently bring "rogue" virtual machines under control that don't comply with policy guidelines. This happens more frequently than many IT managers realize.

V-Commander 3.7 uses the Ottawa-based company's real-time, policy-driven architecture to control virtual machine deployments of all kinds, to identify bottlenecks, to manage capacity and to optimize configurations, Jason Cowie, Embotics' vice president of product management, told eWEEK.

The new V-Commander offers automated remediation of noncompliant VMs, driven by flexible user-defined business policies; framework integration with vSphere, VMware's infrastructure client (including a VIC plug-in, integrated alerting and V-Commander Launch in context); customizable Self-Service VM request forms; and enhanced capacity and performance management capabilities that include new bottleneck and rightsizing reports.

"This also installs in only about a half hour," Cowie told eWEEK. "It is also available as either an onsite or hosted package."

V-Commander 3.7 is available now. Pricing starts at $299 per host CPU socket, Cowie said. 

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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