VMTurbo drives the software-defined data center

Company expands Operations Manager across storage with support for NetApp and FlexPod, across compute fabric with support for Cisco's UCS platform

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Furthermore, the company has added a new "supply chain" view to provide joint operations teams with a consolidated understanding of the application workloads, their relationships to the underlying compute, fabric and storage layers and the necessary actions to move them into a healthy state.

"When we spoke to Cisco UCS customers, we found they were struggling with understanding the appropriate amount of compute and network capacity to meet workload demands," Kliger told InfoWorld. "Consequently, many of them are drastically overprovisioning and this gets expensive fast when you consider port licensing costs."

The Cisco UCS platform is a very sophisticated piece of equipment, forming the backbone of offerings like vBlock from VCE and FlexPod from NetApp. Fortunately, Cisco provides a comprehensive set of APIs enabling vendors like VMTurbo to build solutions on top.

According to Kliger, VMTurbo even has the capability to completely close the loop on Cisco UCS compute capacity with the "invisible hand" of the market dictating when to spin up blades on demand to maintain application performance, or spin down blades and return them to the pool when there is excess capacity.

"To adopt a true cloud operating model, we need to be able to treat our data center resources as elastic, providing the right amount of resources when and where we need them," Kliger said.

Last year, VMTurbo took this concept a step toward the public and hybrid cloud, with support for Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, as VMTurbo essentially acted as a cloud broker of sorts.

As VMTurbo starts to embrace the hybrid cloud and use cases like cloud bursting, it will need to be able to make decisions around what workloads should be running where and when to assure performance while driving up efficiency, subject to policies and constraints. That means understanding when workloads can be moved to the public cloud, and when they should be moved back.

While VMTurbo doesn't move the workloads back and forth to the public cloud today, it says it can work with other vendors to provide this capability, leveraging VMTurbo's open APIs to help guide those decisions.

VMTurbo Operations Manager starts at $899 per socket and the new Fabric Control and Storage Control modules are available as additional licensed modules, also priced on a per socket basis.

This article, "VMTurbo drives the software-defined data center," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in virtualization and cloud computing at InfoWorld.com.

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