The open-source community will see yet another offering in the systems management arena when Qlusters unveils its OpenQRM project.
The company opted to take its server management automation platform to the open-source community to fill a void that executives saw in the market for an open-source server automation tool.
"There is no open-source systems management play right now. Prelaunch activity shows people are looking for this. Weve already had 350 downloads," said Qlusters Chief Technology Officer William Hurley in Palo Alto, Calif.
Qlusters plans to distribute the OpenQRM software through SourceForge.net, using a modified Mozilla Public License. Qlusters will market support and subscription services as well as proprietary applications and plug-ins for OpenQRM.
OpenQRM complements Nagios, the open-source system monitoring tool that Qlusters currently uses, by adding a management framework that lets users provision servers and manage virtualization, Hurley said. "We have a policy that says if a server reaches a certain amount of virtualization, it can pull more servers in to satisfy demand," he said.
Using OpenQRM, one user who paid for the license was able to greatly reduce his companys ratio of systems administrators to servers. "Our ratio was about one administrator to 13 servers. By going to QRM, Im supporting 37 production Linux servers with two people," said Henry Mayorga, vice president of operations at Tradeware Global, in New York.