IBM Aims to Cure Virtualization Management Headaches

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-06-23 Print this article Print

The Systems Director Virtualization Manager takes advantage of expanded features in IBM's servers.

IBM is introducing a version of its server virtualization management software that adds new automation capabilities for the management of virtual and physical systems across multiple platforms. The software, which conforms to an industry trend toward more automation in data center management, is now available on IBMs POWER-based servers. This capability makes use of the expanded virtualization features recently announced with the launch of the POWER6 microprocessor. The new POWER-based Systems Director Virtualization Manager aims to ease virtualization management by incorporating a Web-based interface to ease access, tasks and processes; providing a single set of interfaces for managing all POWER-based hardware and virtual partitions; and discovering virtualized resources of the Virtual I/O server, providing users a fine-grained view of their POWER-based virtualization resources.
"These three features share a common goal: to take some of the headaches out of complex, common virtualization management tasks," Charles King, principal analyst with Pund-IT, told eWEEK. "Its a strategy the companys Unix competitors would do well to follow."
Click here to read about Emulexs introduction of an acceleration appliance for SAN (storage area network) virtualization. Given the number of product releases over the past couple of years, it would be easy to assume that virtualization is everything and everywhere it needs to be, but that would be a mistake, King said. "The fact is that virtualization comes in a wide variety of flavors, in portions available to suit most any kind of appetite. To its credit, IBM has the deepest set of virtualization technologies of any vendor, with offerings ranging from VMware and Xen on its System x x86 solutions, to POWER Virtualization on its System p and System i servers, to zVM on its signature System z mainframes," King said. "This new announcement expands the management features of two of those systems; Xen-based x86 servers and updated virtualization technologies [and] features supported on IBMs new POWER6 processors." To read about Hewlett-Packards efforts to enhance the capabilities of its virtual storage arrays, click here. IBMs Systems Director is also being leveraged to benefit users of the Xen hypervisor, simplifying availability and virtual image management, King said. "These new features are interesting on their face, but also point to the reality of working with Xen-based virtualization, where solutions are anything but equal," King said. "By enhancing Xen virtualization management, the company is also drawing a differentiating, value-added line between what businesses can accomplish with IBMs solutions and competitors." IBM Systems Director Virtualization Manager V1.2 will be available in the third quarter of 2007, said a spokesperson for IBM, based in Armonk, N.Y. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
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 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 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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