Enterprise Management Associates Recognizes the Most Notable Vendors at VMWorld 2013

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Eight Vendors Stand Out in the Virtualization Management Space for Superior Customer Value

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today announced the eight most notable vendors at VMWorld 2013.

This list of eight was compiled by EMA Research Director, Torsten Volk, and consists of startups taking a new look at traditional IT challenges, as well as larger and more mature companies that have launched industry transforming initiatives. Ultimately, this list of eight extraordinary vendors is focused on one central concept: customer value.

The eight most notable vendors are:

EMC ViPR: With ViPR, EMC lays the groundwork for centrally managing storage resources of any type and brand, not only across one data center, but spanning multiple locations and public cloud offerings. Tying together storage through the ViPR management layer enables end customers and service providers to offer their application teams one single northbound API for provisioning and managing all corporate storage resources. Application-aware storage is one of the key requirements for the Software Defined Data Center, which is why you should take a good look at what EMC is up to with its ViPR software.

ServiceMesh: ServiceMesh offers a central governance layer that sits on top of physical, virtual and cloud resources and enforces policy compliance, security and cost efficiency. Instead of today’s common script-based solutions, which by definition are error prone and difficult to govern, ServiceMesh leverages a declarative approach and, for this reason, worth a look for any organization that already has or is in the process of adopting private or public cloud environments.

Simplivity: Simplivity’s Omnicube appliances are hyper-converged building blocks consisting of all the components that can be typically found in a traditional rack: servers, switches, shared storage, WAN acceleration appliance, SSD appliance, etc. These appliances can be hosted in different geographic locations, enabling advanced disaster recovery and high availability capabilities. In short, Simplivity’s Omnicube delivers a Software Defined Data Center in a box that can also leverage public cloud resources and is, therefore, worth a close look when evaluating converged infrastructure options.

Cloud Physics: CloudPhysics applies a big data approach to IT operations management, where operations data is collected across CloudPhysics’ entire customer base. This data is used as context knowledge when evaluating customer infrastructure events, configuration items and performance metrics. Leveraging collective knowledge for operations management enables customers to automatically learn from their peers, without any manual intervention or dependencies on critical operations staff members.

CiRBA: CiRBA addresses one of today’s central cloud challenges that becomes even more relevant when building the Software Defined Data Center: “Where should I place my new application workloads?” and “How can I consolidate application environments in a secure and policy compliant way, without sacrificing performance?” The new CiRBA reservation console in combination with CiRBA’s existing control console provides conclusive answers to these cloud capacity management challenges, which is why their solution is worth a closer look.

VM Turbo: VMTurbo aims at automatically optimizing resource allocation, based on the importance of a specific application. Mission critical applications are automatically enabled to self-provision more network, storage and compute capacity than lower tier apps. Resource re-allocation happens in near real-time, based on a set of compliance, policy and cost requirements.

MetaCloud: Many organizations are intrigued by the potential freedom from hypervisor licensing fees that OpenStack could bring. However, the prospect of having to manage a new stack of open source cloud and virtualization technologies within the corporate data center has led many organizations to hesitate and limit their OpenStack deployments to small pilot environments.

The MetaCloud value proposition aims at eliminating these concerns, promising that customers can safely run many –not all applications are supported on KVM– workloads on the free KVM hypervisor, while MetaCloud remotely manages the environment.

Pivotal: Pivotal facilitates a truly disruptive approach to IT operations management by placing the application in the center of all efforts, aiming to enable customers to operate in a manner as nimble and agile as today’s poster children of DevOps: Google, Amazon and Facebook. Pivotal constitutes a radical paradigm shift in enterprise IT, moving away from managing resources and toward a fully data driven model of enterprise IT.

This year’s VMworld was focused on the Software Defined Data Center, comprised of pooled network, storage, and compute resources that are centrally configured and made available to the application via APIs. Undoubtedly, these eight vendors contributes to the vision of the Software Defined Data Center and, as a result, offers tremendous customer value.

Read Torsten Volk’s Physical – Virtual – Cloud: Systems Management Reloaded Blog on this topic: VMWorld 2013 Digest – 8 Companies You Should Take a Closer Look At.

For questions or comments, please contact tvolk(at)enterprisemanagement(dot)com.

About Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)
Founded in 1996, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help its clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com or blogs.enterprisemanagement.com.

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