Novell Helps Customers Transform Their Data Centers With New Management Solutions

Improved feature set simplifies virtual machine lifecycle management and streamlines data center automation

7 August 2007

Novell today announced the latest versions of its data center management solutions that help customers realize the value of their physical and virtual data center resources. This release increases the flexibility of the Novell® ZENworks® management solution through a modular approach that allows the high-level orchestration engine, which allocates overall data center resources, to be installed and run separately from more specialized management components, including virtual machine management. Full-lifecycle management for SUSE® Linux Enterprise from Novell running Xen* virtualization is also available with this version. These enhancements give customers the ability to leverage virtualization in the data center while helping them lower costs, reduce complexity and mitigate risks in their IT infrastructure.

"Effective virtualization management is a mandatory component of any virtualization strategy," said Mark Bowker, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "IT administrators want a management tool that is not bound by the physical infrastructure, leverages existing investments, and works in a heterogeneous environment. Novell's ability to manage physical and virtual resources in a single solution demonstrates its commitment to enabling customers to rapidly deploy a virtualized infrastructure."

Data center management solutions from Novell are a cross-platform set of ITIL**-based services that orchestrate IT management and business processes. This release of ZENworks Orchestrator includes a more intuitive user interface and easier-to-use tools that reduce complexity, raising the standard for data center management. Additionally, to help IT administrators control and manage virtual machine proliferation, enhanced full-lifecycle management capabilities provide image creation and warehousing for Xen Linux* virtual machines.

"To realize the promises of virtualization, organizations must have management tools that automate and simplify the operation of the data center," said Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager of systems and resource management at Novell. "The latest versions of Novell ZENworks Orchestrator and Novell ZENworks Virtual Machine Management make it easy for our customers to manage both physical and virtual heterogeneous environments, while lowering their costs and reducing the risks associated with dynamic virtualized environments."

This version streamlines implementations and gives customers and partners the flexibility to choose which management tools to deploy in the data center. It does this by separating the previously bundled ZENworks Orchestrator from management packs, such as ZENworks Virtual Machine Management. Novell ZENworks Orchestrator and Novell ZENworks Virtual Machine Management are generally available today to customers worldwide.

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