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Cassatt extends virtualization management software

By Shelley Solheim, IDG News Service
April 17, 2006 12:03 PM ET

IDG News Service - Virtualization software start-up Cassatt Monday launched new software to help manage virtual machines from EMC subsidiary VMware, Microsoft and the Xen open source project.

As businesses look to virtualization to consolidate applications onto fewer servers, the need to respond quickly to failures or spikes in network traffic becomes more critical, Cassatt says.

Cassatt's new Collage Cross-Virtualization Manager (XVM), is designed to automate software deployment and response to load spikes and failures on virtual and physical servers.

Collage XVM sits on top of Cassatt's Collage software platform, which creates a virtual pool of application resources and automatically matches up applications to resources, based on service-level agreements. It complements the company's recently released Collage Web Automation Module (WAM) server-virtualization software tailored for Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition applications.

Collage XVM with support for VMware is available now, and the company will extend support to Xen in June and to Microsoft Virtual Server in the second quarter. The XVM software costs $1,250 per physical node. Pricing for the Collage platform starts at $100,000 for a 40-node environment, and the WAM module adds an additional $5,000 per node.

Cassatt, founded in 2003 by former BEA Systems chief Bill Coleman, has about 100 employees. The company says it has a "handful" of customers.

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