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Industry analysis by Beth Schultz, plus the latest news headlines.
Enterprise IT executives committed to building private clouds will find no shortage of companies proclaiming their abilities to ease cloud management. Sorting through the list won't be easy, but Gartner lends a hand in its "Cool Vendors in Cloud Management, 2011," research report issued last week.
By no means exhaustive, by Gartner's own admission, the report highlights five "interesting, new and innovative" vendors: Abiquo, Adaptivity, DynamicOps, VMTurbo and Zimory. These companies share a common trait, which is their ability to manage infrastructure resources, Gartner says in the report.
Here are Gartner's quick product takes:
Abiquo Enterprise Edition, a hypervisor-agnostic, multi-tenant cloud infrastructure management product that provides delegated administration and the ability to set allocations and reservations for CPU, storage, memory and network resources. Abiquo Enterprise Edition should be of interest to enterprise IT operations staff and cloud architects who are experimenting with or have built solutions involving private or public cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environments for mixed workloads.