Feeds

EMC heads towards CA and Tivoli turf

Automated server and network configuration management

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

EMC has launched two products that are aimed straight at CA and Tivoli in the automated compliance and configuration management areas. Storage integration is lacking and will come next year.

The idea is to treat IT as a process delivering services which have to be compliant with regulations and best practices. EMC is expanding out of its storage and information infrastructure base and pushing the boundaries of what it does to include closed loop control of a business information infrastructure; the physical and virtual servers, the applications, the networks, and the storage.

This is a wide-ranging scheme and will be implemented in stages, with initial server and networking domains added today.

With EMC's new Server Configuration Manager (SCM), users can automatically discover and maintain detailed server configuration data. It is integrated with EMC's Application Discovery Manager to know about dependency relationships between servers running applications and with Smarts for troubleshooting and management of resources across networks, applications and servers. (Note that storage is missing here.)

The second new product, Configuration Analytics Manager (CAM), provides a dashboard for what EMC calls a "single services model for monitoring, analyzing, planning and forecasting compliance and IT service levels by measuring key performance indicators and tracking data trends over time".

CAM is fed data from both SCM and VoyenceControl, for network change and configuration management software. So storage is missing here too.

Bob Quillin, an EMC senior product director, said: "Storage is the next step. We integrated servers and networks first." We can expect storage to be added, meaning ControlCenter integration with CAM, in the first half of next year.

Quillin added: "The goal is to manage end-to-end information infrastructures," with the capability to look across server, storage, network and application domains and deliver information relating to service delivery and compliance.

"The need is to squeeze more cost-savings out of IT. Cost-efficiency and service management are driving us through the process... We'll integrate and work with high-level tools, like HP OpenView and CA and Tivoli."

Questions, questions, questions

A few questions: How long will it be before EMC has its own high-level service tools like Open View and Tivoli? Will ControlCenter be able to integrate and liaise with third-party storage products so that customers can use CAM as a quasi-camcorder through which they can monitor the service delivery level and compliance level of an information infrastructure including heterogeneous server, storage and network domain elements?

A third-party server element is there already as Windows, Unix and Linux servers as well as VMware virtual servers are supported now. What about HDS, HP, IBM, and NetApp storage? How about Hyper-V? How inclusive is this CAM thing going to be?

In the short-term aspects of CA's EITM and Tivoli looks to be in EMC's sights. In the longer term more of the markets served by CA, HP Open View and IBM Tivoli might be facing EMC competition.

Closed-loop control means you can detect problems and fix them. Not enough processing bandwidth? Provision more virtual machines? Not enough storage? Provision more from your virtualised storage pool. Not enough networking, etc. How realistic is this as an EMC goal? It is looking awfully like a prospective autonomic data centre management facility. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS
Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
How to simplify SSL certificate management
Simple steps to take control of SSL certificates across the enterprise, and recommendations centralizing certificate management throughout their lifecycle.