The platform includes a patch management solution aimed at securing virtual and physical infrastructure.
Virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions specialist VMware
announced the general availability of Go Pro, a cloud service designed
to enable small to medium-size businesses to consolidate,
control and secure their physical and virtual IT infrastructure. Go
Pro is available by subscription for $29.95 per admin/month, and the
company said later this they expect to offer the service through their
global network of channel partners.
Go Pro provides a single pane of glass for SMBs to manage both virtual
and physical infrastructures and was developed in an extended
partnership with Shavlik Technologies to leverage Shavlik's expertise
in IT and patch management for SaaS and on-premise solutions. Features
include an onramp to VMware vSphere, a Web browser interface and an
intuitive wizard to guide users through the installation and setup of
VMware vSphere Hypervisor.
"We are excited to extend our existing partnership with VMware, helping
customers simplify their IT management," said Mark Shavlik, president
and CEO of Shavlik Technologies. "VMware Go Pro leverages our SAAS
solutions to enable customers to break down barriers they may face when
adopting complex technologies."
In addition, the platform includes a patch management solution
specifically designed for SMBs, aimed at securing virtual and physical
infrastructure, the ability to scan physical and virtual machines for
software titles so IT professionals know what exists and is in use in
their environment, the ability to track what machines exist, as well as
their configuration, cost and service history as well as create and
manage tickets as well as know their due date, priority, and status. A
company release noted IT professionals could also analyze past ticket
reports to better understand trends and IT workload.
"With VMware Go Pro, we will bring ease-of-use to IT infrastructure
management for SMBs with affordable patch management, help desk,
hardware asset management, and software license management," said Manoj
Jayadevan, director of emerging business and products for VMware.
Businesses can also leverage the configuration of an existing physical
server using the built in VMware P2V Converter tool, simplify software
deployment by installing a pre-packaged virtual appliance, migrate
existing VMware Server VMs to the more scalable ESXi platform and scan
physical and virtual machines for missing patches for Microsoft OS and
Microsoft applications as well as other software application vendors such as Adobe.
Jayadevan said as the number of applications and devices in the typical
business rises, tracking and managing software licensing and usage can
become challenging, and Go Pro can help customers maintain control of
their software inventory. Features include the ability to view software
titles sorted by publisher, and view past scan results if desired, scan
physical and virtual machines for software titles and create software
license descriptions which include the number of licenses, license key,
and expiration date and then assign them to Software Titles to track
usage and ensure compliance.