uptime software Predicts 2012 Trends in Cloud and Virtualization

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• Managing the cost of the public cloud will be a top priority for midmarket and enterprise organizations • uptime predicts the maturation and integration of virtualization management consoles

uptime software Inc., a leader in IT systems management software for midmarket and enterprise organizations, today announced its top technology predictions for 2012. The issues IT departments face in the coming year will grow as users increase the scale and complexity of IT infrastructures. Through market research, customer interaction and conversations with industry experts and partners, these cloud and virtualization predictions have been used to help tailor uptime software’s own cloud and IT systems management solutions – uptimeCloud and up.time – to better serve its customers by providing support for datacenters operating in physical, virtual and cloud environments.

“Cloud computing and virtualization are at the forefront of today’s IT departments, and when used correctly, they can truly help organizations gain IT efficiency,” said Alex Bewley, CTO at uptime software. “Cloud computing continues to have widespread adoption across organizations, as was evident in 2011. However, if improperly managed, cloud deployments can lead to poor application performance and large budget over-runs. Organizations need a plan in place before moving forward to ensure that the end result doesn’t spell disaster.”

uptime software’s Top Three 2012 Cloud Predictions:

1.    Cost monitoring becomes a key aspect of public cloud management.
Part of optimizing computer resources accurately means understanding what the computer and storage costs are for cloud usage. Cloud users (specifically Infrastructure as a Service – IaaS - users) are tired of “flying blind” when it comes to knowing their cost position at any given moment. This is especially true in highly dynamic cloud computing environments, such as Amazon’s AWS.

2.    Cost measurement will start to be considered for private clouds.
The advent of cost transparency with the public cloud is beginning to move down the IT food chain. Financial managers are beginning to actively question internal costs and seek solutions to manage and report on them. However, accurately measuring private cloud costs is difficult and only currently available via manual methods.

3.    Maturing of technologies make public and private cloud balancing easy to deploy.
Cloud bursting, dynamic scaling and data sharing between public and private clouds are evolving. Underlying technologies to enable bursting are being delivered, but seamless integration with monitoring and management tooling needs to mature.

uptimeCloud is the simple and accurate way to manage cost and capacity in the cloud. With uptimeCloud, uptime software introduces the idea of “economic cloud intelligence,” providing dashboards that easily monitor and measure the real-time cost of cloud deployments, predict future cloud costs based on real and current workloads, provide automated cloud cost saving recommendations and help IT departments ensure cloud deployments are perfectly fitted to capacity needs. uptimeCloud provides IT with a complete toolset for ensuring cloud deployments are both visible in real-time from a cost perspective and achieving the greatest cost savings at the right level of performance.

uptime software’s Top Three 2012 Virtualization Predictions:

1.    The Maturing of virtualization management consoles.
Managing a virtualized environment has typically been done with several point tools (storage, guest lifecycle management, performance and capacity management, service book). Moving into 2012, we will begin to see a greater integration of these tools, reducing the complexity imposed upon an administrator.

2.    Improvement in automation and deployment.
As tooling becomes more integrated, it will become easier to deploy complete applications and have them monitored and understood by tools. Service Level Agreements will accurately reflect the dynamic state of the application in these scenarios. For example, as components of an application are dynamically resized (either up or down), monitoring toolsets need to understand scaling down does not equate to downtime.

3.    Service catalogue and application catalogue – not there yet.
The ability for end-users to select an application to be dynamically deployed in a private cloud is a great idea, but realistically it requires too much configuration and management on the back-end to be viable. Rock solid automation, deployment, chargeback and integrated management consoles are all prerequisites for this, but these integral aspects are still a ways off from being a reality.

Solving some of these immediate challenges, up.time is complete IT systems management software that simplifies the performance and availability management of infrastructure, applications and services across physical, virtual and cloud platforms. Proven with more than 900 customers in 32 countries, up.time offers the depth and flexibility that large, heterogeneous infrastructures require, yet is easy and affordable enough for mid-sized and small enterprises.
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About uptimeCloud
uptimeCloud is the simple and accurate way to manage cost and capacity in the cloud. To learn more about uptimeCloud, or to sign up for the uptimeCloud beta, please visit: http://www.uptimecloud.com.

About uptime software
uptime software inc. is a privately held corporation founded in 2001 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada. up.time is “set it and forget it” systems management that won’t break the bank, and provides complete, yet easy to use, software for accurately monitoring, reporting and alerting on the performance, availability and capacity of your datacenters, applications and IT services.

Used by more than 900 midmarket and enterprise companies in 32 countries, up.time has helped increase IT performance, while consistently saving IT staff time and budget. uptime specializes in: datacenter server monitoring, virtual server monitoring, cloud monitoring, capacity planning, SLA monitoring, application monitoring, and more.

To learn more about uptime software, please visit us online at http://www.uptimesoftware.com.
For more information, please contact:

Nick Johnson
uptime software
(416) 594-4605

Scott Lechner
PR for uptime software
(650) 340-1987

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