ScienceLogic Extends Centralized Virtualization,Cloud Management Capabilities

Updated platform gives users increased control

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ScienceLogic Inc. has released a new version of its IT operations and cloud management platform to help organizations centrally manage heterogeneous physical, virtual, and cloud environments, and incorporate new applications and the latest-generation technologies into their IT operations.

ScienceLogic EM7 version 7.1 introduces Dynamic Component Mapping to manage constantly changing virtualized infrastructures and systems, such as VMware and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), being deployed in modern distributed data centers. ScienceLogic EM7 also now supports public cloud vendors and services including Amazon Web Services, GoGrid, RackSpace Hosting, and Cloudkick.

ScienceLogic EM7 Dynamic Component Mapping automatically discovers, maps, and monitors all the components in integrated systems, including Cisco UCS and virtualized server infrastructures such as VMware vCenter/ESXi, and the dynamic relationships between them, helping IT maintain visibility into complex systems to ensure uptime of end-user services and predict potential problems.

Dynamic Component Mapping discovers the entire range of component devices from a single interface, such as Cisco UCS Manager or VMware vCenter, and generates a visual representation of the tree hierarchy. Furthermore, with ScienceLogic EM7, context-sensitive performance, and configuration policies may be applied to each component in the tree and events are correlated to the relevant components.

ScienceLogic EM7 also automatically updates the relationships between components and systems when changes occur. For example, EM7 will discover a newly provisioned VMware hypervisor running on a previously modeled Cisco UCS blade and automatically extend the map to show the hypervisor and virtual machines linked to UCS. Another example: the discovery and re-mapping of a Linux virtual machine that is moved by VMware vMotion from one ESX server to another.

In addition, ScienceLogic’s unique template-based approach to dynamic component mapping enables customers and partners to modify or extend any aspect of the management themselves to support new features in target systems as soon as they are available, without having to wait for the vendor to develop new code. EM7 further enriches the maps with additional analytics gathered from its myriad collection methods, such as application data captured via Windows management instrumentation (WMI) on a virtual machine running on a hypervisor.

ScienceLogic EM7 version 7.1 also adds support for customers to actively manage Amazon Web Services (AWS), GoGrid, and RackSpace cloud environments through their native APIs or via CloudKick's monitoring service. This provides views into metrics that include instance inventory, CPU or network performance, operational status, security groups, and disk volumes as well as the estimated total operational cost for each AWS instance. In addition to helping customers monitor their public cloud vendor's performance and watch costs, this information will help them ensure efficient utilization of the cloud resources, track and assess usage patterns to determine growth directions and spot anomalous usage of the cloud infrastructure.

ScienceLogic EM7 version 7.1 is available immediately at no additional cost to existing customers using the latest generation of the product. Pricing starts at $32,500 for an all-in-one appliance and $57,500 for the distributed version. ScienceLogic EM7 is also available via subscription.

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