Opsware Enhances Data Center Automation Software
Opsware announces enhancements and add-ons for its data center automation software.Opsware Inc., now that it has shed its Loudcloud name with the closing of its deal with Electronic Data Systems Inc., is beating the drum for its data center automation software with a flurry of enhancements and add-ons. Last week, after closing a sale with the U.S. Department of Energy, Opsware announced the ability of its namesake software to simultaneously manage application server provisioning and configuration management across multiple data centers. The new MultiMaster Service Automation Module option for Opsware System 3, one of 67 SAMs, is aimed at large IT shops with multiple data centers running Solaris-, Linux- and Windows-based servers. The MultiMaster SAM provides consistency of management across the data centers and provides a blueprint for quickly replicating server configurations in a disaster, according to Tim Howe, chief technology officer for the Sunnyvale, Calif., company.
"You also get the ability to manage applications transparently across data centers. If you have a primary application running at one site and a backup of it at another, Opsware lets you manage it as a single application," he added.