Intigua Debuts First Solution to Virtualize the Management Layer, Enabling Transition to the Cloud, at VMworld 2012
Intigua, the management virtualization company, today announced that it is debuting the industry’s first solution to bring the unprecedented power of virtualization to the enterprise management layer, at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, August 26-30, 2012 (Booth 428).
In addition to seeing a live demo of Intigua’s new management virtualization platform, VMworld visitors are invited to hear why Intigua customer, Jerry Nelson, Senior Manager at Open Solutions, a leading cloud-based financial services company with a SAAS-based offering, believes that Intigua is his “magic bullet.” Attendees will learn how Open Solutions uses Intigua to slash the cost and complexity of operating its enterprise management tools across the company’s cloud infrastructure.
Intigua is the industry’s first solution to virtualize existing enterprise management tools such as infrastructure and application monitoring, configuration management, provisioning, security and compliance, and data backup. The Intigua platform was made generally available on August 13, 2012.
By decoupling the management layer from the underlying infrastructure, the new Intigua platform allows enterprises and cloud data center operators to provision and configure all of their enterprise management tools from a single centralized console – across virtual, cloud and physical infrastructures – without the operational overhead of traditionally-installed agents, and without requiring any changes to existing management tools. Organizations can also configure all agents from a single set of unified policies, across all of their management solutions; patch agents when new versions become available; and easily remove agents entirely when required, thereby allowing centralized management of agents throughout their entire lifecycle.
“Virtualization and cloud computing disrupt enterprise management in ways that are unprecedented, making it much more complicated. If enterprises want to move business-critical applications to the cloud, they must figure out how to easily monitor, backup, configure and secure those apps without deploying agents that cause operational overhead. By virtualizing enterprise management, Intigua solves this very real problem in a unique and very effective way, enabling agility by providing automated manageability,” said Bernd Harzog, principal analyst, The Virtualization Practice.
How Intigua Works
Until now, enterprises have been obliged to physically install a separate instance of each type of agent on every individual VM. The problem in the virtual world is that, as the number of VMs scale into the hundreds or thousands, so do the number and type of agents that need to be managed, dramatically increasing complexity and inhibiting scalability. In addition, because management agents are tightly coupled to the underlying operating system, they frequently cause performance and reliability issues such as overuse of CPU resources, resulting in poor performance for production applications, software conflicts leading to failed installations, and VMs that require manual rebooting.
Intigua addresses these shortcomings by “sandboxing” or encapsulating agents, exactly the way the rest of the infrastructure is virtualized. In addition, because these virtualized agents – called vAgents — are also hypervisor-aware, administrators can now enforce centralized policies for CPU throttling, memory and I/O usage, and scheduling. Hypervisor-awareness also allows Intigua to discover rogue VMs that do not have the proper agents installed, and ensure that they are properly managed for security, performance and compliance.
Reduces Costs While Ensuring SLAs for Production Applications in Cloud and Virtual Environments
Key benefits of Intigua include:
? Single unified solution for cloud, virtual and physical infrastructures.
? Transforms existing infrastructure management solutions to be virtualization- and cloud-ready, thereby accelerating the delivery cycle and enabling rapid scaling of virtual environments.
? Ensures that SLAs are met for production applications via policy-driven management for scheduling and throttling, as well as ensuring that all systems are continuously up-to-date and properly configured with the latest versions for security and compliance.
? Automates the entire management lifecycle for agents – including provisioning of new machines, ongoing configuration and other change management activities, troubleshooting and removal – dramatically reducing costs and enabling fast scaling of virtualized infrastructures.
Intigua extends virtualization to the management layer. It enables businesses to dramatically reduce the cost of IT operations and ease the transition to the cloud by delivering a fully automated, logical and simple way for managing today’s complex IT environments. Headquartered in Newton, MA, Intigua is privately held and funded by Cedar Fund and veteran investors from the enterprise management industry.