Cassatt, whose Collage product offers automated management capabilities for data center infrastructures, is teaming up with XenSource to offer management of virtualized environments based on the Xen 3.0 open-source hypervisor. The San Jose, Calif., company in April rolled out its Collage Cross-Virtualization manager, or XVM, to support such environments using VMware hypervisor technology. Now theyre expanding that capability to include Xen. In addition, Cassatt will sell XenEnterprise, a packaged offering from XenSource that includes the hypervisor. XenSource was founded by the developers of Xen.The two companies also will offer joint support for customers and marketing efforts for the combined solution. In addition, Cassatt will offer a "quick start" service for customers considering Cassatt and XenEnterprise solutions. The next version of XVM with support for XenEnterprise 3.0 will be released later this year, though the company is offering an early pilot program for customers interested in early access to the product. Surgient, of Austin, Texas, is rolling out the latest version of its Virtual Lab Management Applications that offers greater support for heterogeneous virtualized environments and a new management console. Surgients technology is designed to automate the software testing and development process. As virtual test labs have become more complex, the demand for greater manageability of heterogeneous environments has grown, said Erik Josowitz, vice president of marketing. People running such labs dont want to have to worry about which virtual machine technology theyre using, he said. Version 5.0 of its Virtual Lab Management Applications, which is available immediately, takes care of the details regarding virtual machines, capacity planning, configuration and provisioning. "Its all about the enterprise," Josowitz said. The new console offers easier management and allocation of pooled servers, and new reporting tools enable users to have greater insight into server usage and user activity. The new offering also enables virtual labs to scale from hundreds to thousands of virtual machines. The new product also brings tighter integration with Web services, offering an XML API. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
The move by Cassatt "adds significant color around our message of heterogeneity," said Ken Oestreich, director of product management at Cassatt. The companys software not only can manage virtual servers created through VMware and Xen hypervisors, but also physical machines from all the top server makers.