More news from the virtual management front: EMC released a new addition to its Smarts system that includes drill-down capabilities designed to quickly root out and correct the problems on virtualized server and cluster architectures.
The Smarts Server Manager coordinates with VMware's management stack, as well as top vendors' management and monitoring tools, to oversee both virtual servers and Microsoft and Veritas clusters. The system's Root Cause Analysis and Codebook Correlation modules provide advanced modeling techniques to map out the relationships between virtual and physical servers, storage systems and network elements. When failures occur, the system can identify recent changes and take corrective action.
Along with the Smarts Services Assurance Management and Smarts IP Availability Manager, the stack can also oversee other management systems like OpenView and Tivoli and act as a "manager of managers," presenting a more holistic picture of network and data center health for VMware's vCenter.
Prices start at about $30,000 for current Smarts users, although that can increase depending on the number of managed domains and devices present.