IBM Launches Virtualization Tools For Small Business
The company's revised Consolidation Discovery and Analysis Tool is designed for businesses with less than 50 servers.
Looking to prove that virtualization isn't just a money saver in big, corporate data centers, IBM is rolling out tools that can help smaller companies explore the server consolidation technology.
IBM on Wednesday expanded its Consolidation Discovery and Analysis Tool (CDAT) with new modules that make it a better fit for small to medium-sized businesses. Additionally, IBM said it's authorized third party system integrators to deploy the tool on behalf of IBM in businesses with less than 50 servers.
CDAT is designed to identify untapped resources on Intel-based servers and map out a plan for virtualization -- a process that splits individual servers into multiple, 'virtual' machines capable of running numerous, independent tasks.
CDAT's new Server Consolidation Made Simple toolset is designed to help system integrators bring virtualization to the SMB market, IBM said. More than 70% of IBM's virtualization sales are through third party system integrators and value-added resellers, the company added.
With energy costs skyrocketing, virtualization has become one of IT's hottest buzzwords. IBM is looking to capitalize on widespread interest in the technology with a slew of new hardware, software and services offerings.
Also chasing the market are Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft, as well as niche specialists like VMware.
Earlier this week, VMware said it had a struck a deal to install its virtualization technology in data centers operated by the United States Marine Corp. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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