CA Teams With Cisco To Manage UCS Blades

Three established CA Technologies management tools now detect and manage Cisco Unified Computing Systems blades.
CA's Spectrum Automation Manager now recognizes a set of UCS blades when they are present in the infrastructure and can provision them with operating systems and virtual machines, based on pre-set policies set by the IT organization. It then automatically manages their operation.

CA eHealth Performance Manager can now monitor a UCS cluster to detect any changes that may warn of problems in its ongoing operation.

CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager can identify problem areas once they develop in a system and perform root cause analysis and network configuration management. It now can perform those operations on UCS systems.

The added management capabilities being supplied by CA do not displace Cisco's earlier partnership with BMC Software of Houston. That was a combination of BMC and Cisco that produced the Cisco UCS Manager open XML API. The API allows third party management tools, such as CA's, to connect to the USC systems.

Cisco's CTO for its server access virtualization business unit, Ed Bugnion, said UCS "was designed from the ground up with an embedded management system." The built-in management features expose system resources to the XML API so that management tools can inspect the use of CPU and memory, detect bottlenecks, and give server administrators visibility into how the cluster is running.

The press conference also featured Chris Gabriel, director of marketing for Logicalis, a supplier of a Cooperative Enterprise Cloud Service, a service for managing public and private cloud operations together. The service is built on UCS systems that are managed by CA tools. The combination of heavily virtualized UCS systems and an ability to manage them gave Logicalis the ability to supply "a private and public hybrid cloud service," Gabriel said.

Cisco spokesman Charles Sommerhauser said Cisco reported it has over 900 USC customers since entering the blade server market last March.

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