EMC Upgrades Data Center Controls to Keep Up With VMware

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-02-14 Print this article Print

IT Operations Intelligence v9.0 offers a unified, graphical-user-interface view into an entire virtual data center infrastructure as controlled by vCenter.

LAS VEGAS €” EMC, the storage and data protection company that is quickly morphing into a cloud infrastructure provider, Feb. 14 launched an updated data center control package that enables better overall use of VMware's popular vCenter server.

EMC made the announcement at VMware's global partner conference, which is being held at the Venetian Hotel through Feb. 16.

EMC, the parent company of VMware, said the new IT Operations Intelligence v9.0 offers a unified, graphical-user-interface view into an entire virtual data center infrastructure as controlled by vCenter. This means that data center administrators now can better visualize and understand the interrelationships among virtual assets, their underpinning physical elements, the I/O sources flows, and the applications and data sources that relate to them.

Most conventional tools for IT environments are limited in their ability to visualize these virtual machine connections. This can create so-called "blind spots" that force IT operations teams to manually aggregate bits and pieces of data from multiple sources in an attempt to identify, understand and resolve issues in a virtualized data center€”especially large facilities with hundreds or thousands of server racks.

Key new features in the upgrade, according to EMC, include the following:

  • detailed operational management insight into VMware environments, including cross-domain availability and impact analysis for all VMware-attached storage, and full impact analysis to the virtual machine level;

  • visibility into the connectivity and relationships among simple and distributed virtual switches and networks from VMware and Cisco Systems, as well as the ability to understand how problems in virtual switches and virtual networks impact virtual machines and virtualized applications;

  • enhanced management display visualizations that provide cross-domain notification detail and dashboard-like visibility using a new browser-based console with mash-up capabilities;

  • enhanced availability management for virtualized applications, including composite applications; and

  • a framework for managing Metro Ethernet-based service availability and discovering Metro Ethernet topologies.


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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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