CiRBA Updates Control Console for Virtual and Cloud Infrastructure

CiRBA Version 7.0 improves visualization, control over risk and efficiency for today’s dynamic IT environments.

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CiRBA Inc., a data center intelligence (DCI) software maker, has released Version 7.0 of CiRBA DCI-Control, which helps organizations control virtual and cloud infrastructure.

CiRBA’s new Control Console enables IT organizations to see at once where attention is required at the VM, host, and cluster level, and provides explicit instructions about how to eliminate risk and increase efficiency.

According to Andrew Hillier, co-founder and CTO, CiRBA, IT must have “the ability to know precisely where to place workloads and how to allocate resources” so they can “run leaner data centers and achieve their financial objectives for virtualization and cloud computing. CiRBA has removed the guesswork from operations by providing answers according to an organization’s operational policies and workload requirements. For the first time, infrastructure managers know exactly what needs to be done to operate efficient, worry-free virtualized infrastructure.”

Most organizations today combat risk in virtualized infrastructure by over-provisioning. Excess capacity and overly conservative allocations create a costly buffer zone that erodes the ROI of virtualization and clouds. CiRBA’s Control Console reveals whether VMs, hosts or clusters have “Too Little Infrastructure” (resources highlighted in the red zone of the three-part status display), “Too Much Infrastructure” (resources in the yellow zone), or are “Just Right” (resources in the green zone). This provides a simple means of understanding what is at risk, what is inefficient, and where action needs to be taken.

Infrastructure managers use the Spectrum view and explicit actions provided by CiRBA to help move all entities in an environment into the green. This management paradigm radically changes the way infrastructure requirements are viewed and managed, highlighting waste and inefficiency and the steps required to address these issues in a way not previously possible.

Predictive Analytics

Users can also see an environment’s status and requirements over time by leveraging historical, current, and predictive views through the Control Console. The predictive analytics incorporate “bookings” to reserve capacity for new workloads and hosts coming online (or systems leaving the environment) so that a comprehensive, forward-looking view is provided. This helps to ensure enough capacity is budgeted and the guesswork of determining future requirements is eliminated. The Action System in the Control Console leverages these analytics to provide users with details and automation options for workload placement changes, resource allocation changes and capacity changes recommended to optimize an environment.

Comprehensive Policy-Based Control

CiRBA’s analytics are used to model an organization’s business and operational policies so that requirements for SLAs, regulations, DR, HA, and other critical criteria are reflected, measured. and complied with to ensure low risk, highly actionable answers. Policies effectively form a “contract” that ensures the safe operation and appropriate placement of workloads. With Version 7.0, CiRBA has delivered a powerful new Policy Manager so that organizations can easily apply, tune and control policies.

CiRBA Version 7.0 ships with six standard policies based on best practices that are easily configured and applied through the Policy Manager. These policies include Production Critical, Production IT, Production Cloud, Production Batch / HPC, Pre-Production, and Dev/Test. Settings available through these policies relate to guest density, guest performance, availability, placement volatility, operational windowing, resource reclamation, compliance and automation.

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