Cloud infrastructure provider RackWare announced on Tuesday that it has launched the second generation of its RackWare Management Module software to help users get the highest performing cloud for their business applications.
Cloud and hypervisor agnostic, RMM 2.0 allows enterprises to create cloud environements, and includes automation and intelligent layers that deliver the right resources to applications when they’re needed.
This marks the first major update since RMM was released in late 2010.
“The first generation had a number of mobility features and our perspective is to bring economical, on-demand computing to the enterprise you really need automation and intelligence,” Todd Matters, founder and VP of engineering at RackWare says in a phone interview with the WHIR. “It’s not just about mobility, it’s really about bringing automation and intelligence to make cloud computing economical, whether that’s private cloud, hybrid or public cloud.”
Rackware also introduced three new supporting solutions: RackWare Automated Parking/Scaling/Bursting, RackWare Client On-Boarding and RackWare Disaster Recovery in the Cloud.
Matters says he views RackWare as RightScale for the enterprise, but with more features around policy framework and automation.
In addition to continuing to acquire enterprise customers, RackWare will be looking to expand its partnerships with service providers. Right now, RackWare has six enterprise customers and relationships with Sungard and Savvis.
“It’s not surprising we have a partnership with Savvis, they’re obviously very enterprise-oriented as we are,” Matters says. “They’re using our solution in conjunction with their customers with respect to the policy framework as well as the client on-boarding, and within the policy framework in particular, the auto-parking feature.”
“Savvis has this ability to take images and put them in the parked state which is a lower cost state. Customers don’t always need images that are going to move in the cloud, they don’t always need 7×24 service, so you could put a bunch of policy around those workloads at selected times putting them in a parked state, thereby achieving some economies and then automatically at certain points in time having those workloads activated,” Watters adds.
Client on-boarding provides an automated mechanism to move existing workloads between different data centers and clouds. Auto scaling enables enterprises to scale resources to meet demand, but also decommission resources when demand goes away so enterprises aren’t charged for them.
“It’s really automation and intelligence that we see being critical to make enterprise applications economical,” Matters says. “There’s intelligence around discovery and analysis of the workloads includes not only the image and the software side but the underlying software. That analysis allows us to dissassociate the image from the underlying hardware and be able to migrate it and reconfigure it as it moves from different hypervisors to the cloud or potentially even back to bare metal.”
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