Entuity Updates Network Management Tool for Virtualized Data Centers

Optimizing infrastructure for private clouds part of newest version of Eye of the Storm Enterprise.

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Entuity has updated its network management solution, Eye of the Storm (EYE) Enterprise 2011 that provides insight into the mixed virtual/physical infrastructures of data centers through top-down maps and displays. With EYE 2011m IT administrators can better manage the technology mix of their data centers while enabling the move toward private and public clouds.

EYE 2011 improves visibility and management of virtualized environments by adding support for popular virtualization platforms including VMware ESXi and Oracle VM and extends the list of certified VM platforms for EYE's operation. EYE's automated and continual discovery locates configured VM platforms, associated hypervisors, virtual machines, and their associated virtual components such as CD ROMS, disks, controllers, and NICs.

The latest version introduces browser-based mapping functionality to help users visualize even the largest, most complex, ever-changing enterprise networks. Accessible from anywhere on the network with only an Internet browser, EYE's new mapping functionality lets users view, save, open, modify, abstract, and share hierarchical network maps that automatically update to show current device status.

Introduced in a previous service pack, the Integrated Flow Analyzer (IFA) technology is rolled into EYE 2011 for general availability with new enhancements to streamline application-to-port mappings. EYE 2011 adds a new Web UI for users to view, add, and edit the application-to-port mappings used by IFA, simplifying the overall process while making maintenance easier, expedient, and error-free. EYE 2011 offers new versatility for collecting, prioritizing, reporting, and understanding flow data to keep performance and availability of contemporary enterprise networks optimized.

The new Live Status functionality introduced in EYE 2011 provides focused monitoring attention through a user-customizable, Web-based dialog that tracks and reports current status of monitored devices, ports, or applications. Live Status displays up to ten user-selected items showing the current status, the number of open events with their associated severity, and descriptive details with hyperlinks for drill-down. EYE's root-cause analysis, event filtering, and Live Status enable IT administrators to quickly identify, prioritize, and resolve service impacting anomalies. Live Status is "non-modal," allowing it to remain visible as users navigate throughout other areas of the EYE web UI.

The optional EYE IP SLA Module is updated in EYE 2011 with new functionality to discover and monitor existing probes, leveraging established management best practices and eliminating disruption of production network devices. IP SLA discovery also extends support for operation types beyond those that can be created in EYE, allowing users to monitor availability and completion time of any IP SLA operation. Automated creation of key IP SLA operation types including VoIP and UDP Jitter, Echo, HTTP, DNS, DHCP, TCP, and HTTP operations are directly supported in EYE, hiding the complexity of IOS IP SLA commands and eliminating the need to access devices by the command line.

Reporting capabilities in EYE 2011 enable network managers to quickly synthesize a broad range of network operational and performance data into actionable and graphically descriptive reports in formats directly compatible with business correspondence processes. Report output formats in EYE 2011 now include Office (2007) Open XML File Formats (DOCX and XLSX) as well as the OpenDocument Format (ODF and ODS), enabling the exchange of data between applications and enterprise systems. Also available in HTML or XML format, documents output from EYE are universally accessible in Web applications, corporate intranets, or as customer facing web dashboards.

EYE Enterprise 2011 runs on Microsoft Windows Server, Sun Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Xen hypervisor, and VMware ESX/ESXi Server platforms. More information is available at www.entuity.com.

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