DynamicOps cuts virtual machine sprawl with automated resource recycling

Source: DynamicOps

DynamicOps, a venture-funded Credit Suisse spinoff, is introducing a new generation of automated virtualization management software with a unique capability - automated resource reclamation - that identifies and reclaims inactive and abandoned virtual machines to control virtual machine sprawl.

DynamicOps Virtual Resource Manager (VRM) is the first virtualization management software to automate the manual process required to reclaim and recycle unneeded virtual machines. The new VRM 3.2 helps companies use their virtualization infrastructure much more efficiently, reducing the need for IT staff to manually reclaim unused virtual machines and making the best use of IT assets. This improved efficiency results in significant cost savings.

"A typical company, with 1,000 virtual machines and 10 percent of them inactive or abandoned, can expect to save $80,000 to $100,000 on capital expenditures annually from automated resource reclamation," explained Richard Krueger, CEO, DynamicOps. "Even if the automated process is run more frequently than their previous manual process, companies can save another $20,000 in operational expenses associated with manually reclaiming inactive machines."

With VRM, companies can easily apply the well-known, eco-friendly "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" theme to virtualization management, Krueger added. The software, in high demand by companies that want to achieve significant cost savings and faster ROI for their virtualization initiatives, provides essential tools to reduce over-provisioning of virtual machines, help companies reuse virtual resources quickly and easily, and identify virtual machines ready for recycling.

VRM automates the planning, deployment and ongoing management of virtual servers and desktops, from the time they're created until they're retired. Using VRM, enterprises deliver and manage virtual machines independent of the hypervisor, connection broker, and image deployment technology involved, all through a single console.

DynamicOps has added other new capabilities to VRM, including an enhanced developer's toolkit, enhanced Linux support, and usability improvements.

The new VRM Software Developer's Toolkit, used to integrate VRM's automated virtual machine management processees with existing management ecosystems, makes it easier for companies and resellers to develop plug-in modules to perform a variety of tasks external to VRM; no code changes are required in the core VRM software.

One DynamicOps customer used the Toolkit to add a step to the provisioning, reprovisioning, and decommissioning workflows to update their in-house patch management database, allowing them to use their existing management ecosystem to monitor software revision levels and make sure all VMs were in compliance with supported releases and patches. .

For Linux users, VRM 3.2 goes beyond simple virtual machine cloning to included automated operating system installation and customization capabilities available in either Red Hat Kickstart or Suse AutoYaST. In addition to automating the installation and consistent configuration of machines, these utilities facilitate customization like network, disk, language and keyboard selection as well as optional software installation.

DynamicOps has also added several new features to improve usability, including enhanced discovery, easy install and set up, simple resource reservation, static IP support, global VM Blueprints, multi-step approval, and a resource cost calculator to facilitate the configuration of chargeback cost profiles.

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