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Cirba Control Console Manages Virtual and Cloud infrastructure

By Vangie Beal (Send Email)
Posted January 11, 2012


Cirba has announced Version 7.0 of CiRBA DCI-Control, claiming the new control console provides game changing visualization and unprecedented control over risk and efficiency for today’s dynamic IT environments.

Cirba’s new Control Console enables IT organizations to see in a single glance where attention is required at the VM, host, and cluster level, and then provides explicit instructions on what to do in order to eliminate risk and increase efficiency. It enables infrastructure owners to quickly and easily understand what is going on in virtual and cloud infrastructure and what they need to do to improve the current and future state of operations.

“Cirba’s Control Console is the brain for new school data centers, giving an unprecedented level of control over virtualized infrastructure,” said Andrew Hillier, co-founder and CTO, CiRBA. "The ability to know precisely where to place workloads and how to allocate resources enables organizations to 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 or not VMs, hosts or clusters have “Too Little Infrastructure” (resources in the red band), “Too Much Infrastructure” (resources in the yellow band) or are “Just Right” (resources in the green band).

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 work toward a simple goal of moving all of the entities in an environment into the green. This powerful 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.

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.

CiRBA Version 7.0 ships with six standard policies based on best practices that are easily configured and applied through the Policy Manager. 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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