Embotics gets deeper into private cloud management

Latest V-Commander version improves on service catalog and rapid provisioning capabilities

From its roots tagging and tracking virtual machines across the virtual data center, virtualization management company Embotics is set on helping IT organizations effectively and efficiently manage private clouds.

V-Commander 4.0, Cloud Edition, introduced Monday, features enhancements to the self-service portal Embotics introduced last August as well as improved automation capabilities, says Jason Cowie, vice president of product management at the company.

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For example, V-Commander 4.0 offers integrated IT cost visibility and chargeback -- essential costing information for organizations ratcheting into more strategic phases on virtualization deployments. Early user feedback on the integrated cost visibility for new service requests and VM ownership has been particularly positive, Cowie notes. "This is already helping to curb consumption by educating end users that assets aren't free," he says.

For service request management, the 4.0 version includes automated, configurable workflows for IT service and change requests; embedded approval workflows and best practices; and tracking, auditing and reporting on service delivery. For rapid provisioning, enhancements include wizards for ensuring adherence to policies and intelligent placement of IT services and VMs based on available capacity.

With such capabilities, Cowie says V-Commander 4.0 can deliver time to value in less than one hour, with no implementation or complexity "tax."

Ronni Colville, a Gartner analyst, gave the thumbs-up to Embotics' approach.

"Organizations currently need management solutions that boast ease-of-use, time-to-value and integrated solution breadth in order to optimize the deployment of IT services," she said in a prepared statement. "Private cloud management solutions that integrate automation, configuration, capacity and performance management, without adding complexity, will become a requirement as virtualization adoption continues to accelerate."

Available immediately, pricing for V-Commander 4.0 starts at $399 per socket per year.

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