ScienceLogic Releases EM7 Version 7.1
Extending Centralized Virtualization and Cloud Management Capabilities
May 10, 2011
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ScienceLogic has released EM7 version 7.1, a new version of its IT operations and cloud management platform, to help organizations centrally manage heterogeneous physical, virtual and cloud environments and easily incorporate new applications and the latest-generation technologies into their IT operations.

ScienceLogic EM7 version 7.1 introduces Dynamic Component Mapping to proactively manage constantly changing virtualized infrastructures and complex systems, such as VMware and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), being deployed in modern distributed data centers.

ScienceLogic EM7 Dynamic Component Mapping is a powerful mechanism that automatically discovers, maps and monitors all the components in integrated systems, including Cisco UCS and virtualized server infrastructures such as VMware vCenter/ESXi, and the dynamic relationships between them. This capability addresses the need to maintain visibility into complex systems to ensure uptime of end-user services and predict potential problems.

Dynamic Component Mapping discovers the entire range of component devices from a single interface, such as Cisco UCS Manager or VMware vCenter, and generates an easy-to-understand visual representation of the tree hierarchy. Furthermore, with ScienceLogic EM7, context-sensitive performance and configuration policies may be nimbly applied to each component in the tree and events are correlated to the relevant components.

ScienceLogic EM7 also automatically updates the relationships between components and systems when changes occur. For example, EM7 will discover a newly provisioned VMware hypervisor running on a previously modeled Cisco UCS blade and automatically extend the map to show the hypervisor and virtual machines linked to UCS. Another example would be the discovery and re-mapping of a Linux virtual machine that is moved by VMware vMotion from one ESX server to another. With the ability to discover relationships from a single query, Dynamic Component Mapping's impact on discovered systems is minimal.

In addition, the ScienceLogic unique template-based approach to Dynamic Component Mapping enables customers and partners to easily modify or extend any aspect of the management themselves to support new features in target systems as soon as they are available, without having to wait for the vendor to develop new code. EM7 further enriches the maps with additional analytics gathered from its myriad collection methods, such as application data captured via Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) on a virtual machine running on a hypervisor.

ScienceLogic EM7 version 7.1 also adds support for customers to actively manage Amazon Web Services (AWS), GoGrid, and RackSpace cloud environments through their native APIs or via CloudKick's monitoring service. This provides views into metrics that include instance inventory, CPU or network performance, operational status, security groups, and disk volumes as well as the estimated total operational cost for each AWS instance.

In addition to helping customers monitor their public cloud vendor's performance and watch costs, this information will help them ensure efficient utilization of the cloud resources, track and assess usage patterns to determine growth directions, and spot anomalous usage of the cloud infrastructure.

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