CA Technologies' Private Cloud Accelerator for Vblock platforms, and if you're a frequent reader of ReadWriteWeb, you might still be wondering, "What's a Vblock platform?" It's an emerging contender in the out-of-the-box, full-service cloud server category from a company called VCE.On Tuesday, we introduced you to
And if you're wondering how a relatively unknown company goes up against the likes of HP, Oracle, and IBM, the answer is by integrating hardware and software from specialists in their respective fields. Consequently, compute power and networking switches comes by way of Cisco UCS, storage capacity is supplied by EMC Symmetrix, and the virtualization layer is supplied by VMware. Yesterday, by way of a new strategic alliance, the VCE convoy added BMC Software's management software to this illustrious list.
"BMC is always focused on business service management - the management of services that sit above the infrastructure layer," explains Ken Berryman, BMC's senior vice president of strategy and corporate development. "We have a best-in-class set of solutions to do that, from orchestration through active management of operations. So when you think about what's really required to have a successful cloud project, it's not just enough to have the infrastructure block - the Vblock, which VCE produces. It's also mandatory to have the right level of management that fits above it, not only to take care of initial provisioning of whatever is operating in the data center, but to manage that over time."
The first stage of BMC's alliance with VCE, Berryman tells us, will see integration of VCE's existing infrastructure manager with BMC's Cloud Lifecycle Management, which includes automated provisioning of resources in scalable, virtualized "network zones." Imagine simpler, virtual networks where all the physical resources are pooled together, complete with virtual firewalls and load balancers.
ProactiveNet Performance Management Suite, which Berryman describes as "a set of capabilities that allow you to predict future problems, solve them before they occur, and proactively respond to operations issues." Next will come Atrium Orchestrator, which utilizes ITIL principles for change management in implementing workflows within the Vblock, enabling end-to-end control of virtual environments.From there, the two companies plan to implement BMC's
"That's the initial set of integrations," says Berryman. "Over time, we would expect more across the full portfolio of business service management solutions... That roadmap is something we will continue to expand, in response to direct customer demand. Certainly, we are able today to provide integrations across a broader set of the portfolio on a custom basis. But what we are attempting to do here is have a very standard, configured, out-of-the-box Vblock with the BMC solutions made for it, so it's easy to set up, deploy, operate, and manage over time your private or hybrid cloud."