Opalis is readying a set of IT process automation offerings designed to make it easier for users of Microsoft's System Center management suite to adopt such data center technologies as virtualization, cloud computing and power management. The goal is to automate many of the tasks, policies and best practices for IT administrators using Microsoft's management suite. The offerings also will give Microsoft greater capabilities as it looks to take on VMware in the virtualization space, Opalis officials say.
Opalis Software is bringing greater IT process automation capabilities to
Microsoft's suite of system management software.
At the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas
April 28, Opalis officials announced that their offerings for Microsoft System
Center touch on such key data center areas as virtualization, cloud computing
and power management capabilities.
The offerings will give System Center
users greater ability to orchestrate the technologies within Microsoft's
software suite and automate the best practices for the management of their
Yale Tankus, senior vice president of marketing and business development for
Opalis, said customers are demanding greater orchestration capabilities in both
their physical and virtual environments, and that Opalis' offerings within
System Center will enable them to more quickly ramp up their virtualization and
cloud computing efforts.
integrates server management into Microsoft suite.
For Microsoft, it gives the company some more capabilities in its ongoing
attempt to gain leverage over VMware in the highly competitive virtualization
space, Tankus said in an e-mail. For example, virtualization capabilities
Opalis is bringing to Microsoft's software suite include virtual lifecycle
management, including self-serve provisioning, backup, restore and power
management. Opalis' solution-Virtual Service Management-will sit behind Microsoft
Virtual Machine Manager, he said.
"So Microsoft is no longer behind VMware in this space," said Tankus, adding
that Opalis is demonstrating the prototype at the Microsoft show.
In the area of cloud computing, Opalis enables System Center users to move resources
between private and public cloud environments, and to scale capacity up or down
depending on events. They also can automatically failover to cloud resources,
which ensure no interruption to services.
The Opalis offerings also integrate with the System Center Operations
Manager console and provide users with a rich set of ITIL (information
technology infrastructure libraries) policies to find and fix problems.
Throughout the process of dealing with an incident, the System Center
Operations Manager alert is updated, which gives users greater visibility into
the situation and how to deal with it.
The Opalis offerings for System Center
will be generally available in the third quarter.