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HP CloudStart bundle supports Project Redwood: VMworld 2010 news in brief

Hewlett-Packard Co. has launched the new hardware, software and services bundle CloudStart to get a private cloud up and running quickly; and other news in brief.

HP private cloud bundle supports VMware Project Redwood
Hewlett-Packard Co. has launched the new hardware, software and services bundle CloudStart, which is designed to get a private cloud up and running in 30 days for a fixed price. Comprising BladeSystem Matrix converged infrastructure and HP Cloud Service Automation, the company also announced deeper integrations with its StorageWorks data services platform, plus Cloud Maps -- predefined and tested application service profiles that can be easily imported and deployed on the private cloud. CloudStart includes a Cloud Map for VMware vCloud Service Director (also known as Project Redwood), as well as SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Office Communications Server.

Reflex Systems previews self-service portal
The cloud and IT as a Service (ITaaS) will be the main buzzwords at this year's VMworld, and Reflex Systems has jumped on the trend by touting its plan to cobble together a self-service reporting tool to compete with VMware's Project Redwood. Reflex says application owners will be able to self-provision customized virtual machines from a pool of resources, while its software enforces administrators' pre-set service-level agreements and capacity-planning thresholds. The portal will also include ongoing monitoring and troubleshooting for self-provisioned virtual machines after their initial deployment. Reflex officials expect the product to ship by the end of the year.

Precise Software clouds up application performance monitoring tool
Precise Software has updated its application performance management tools with a new offering intended for deployment on public, private or hybrid clouds. New features include quality-of-service policies that follow migrating virtual machines; "postmortem" performance analysis of decommissioned virtual machines; new application programming interface integration with vSphere that allows Precise to coordinate performance problems with virtual server activity; and reports on the inter-application impact of performance in a VMware environment. The product will be generally available in 90 days.

Compuware certified by VMware
Compuware Corp.'s Vantage application performance management was certified as VMware-Ready. Compuware will demonstrate the tool on the show floor at VMworld. The company claims the product provides visibility and root-cause analysis for application performance issues spanning both the enterprise data center and cloud services delivered over the Internet.

EG Innovations extends monitoring to Hyper-V, AIX LPARs
Business service monitoring software vendor eG Innovations has released version 5 of its eG Enterprise Suite, which the company says includes more than 100 enhancements. On the virtualization front, eG Enterprise Suite adds support for Microsoft Hyper-V and IBM AIX LPAR virtual environments, in addition to existing support for VMware vSphere, Citrix Systems XenServer, Microsoft Virtual Server, Solaris LDoms and Containers.

It also enhances existing VMware vSphere and Citrix XenServer monitors, and tightens integration with VMware vCenter. For instance, auto-discovery of vSphere servers can be done with vCenter, and vCenter tasks and events are tracked by the eG Enterprise system and alerts generated on noticing failures, the company said. Availability for eG Enterprise v5 is slated for this month, with pricing starting at $50,000.

Manage Emulex HBAs, CNAs from within vCenter
Emulex's new OneCommand Manager plug-in for VMware vCenter Server provides central monitoring, management, updates and run-time diagnostics of Emulex LightPulse Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) and OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapters (UCNAs) directly from a VMware environment. The module also supplies asset information such as adapter and driver firmware versions and configuration settings. The company will demonstrate OneConnect at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco this week, booth number 736.

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