Novell Joins Growing VM Management Chorus

Novell trailed into the market for managing virtual machine and grid computing systems in the data center on Nov. 28 when it launched four new ZENworks offerings.

At the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, Novell introduced its first products designed to manage heterogeneous virtual machine and grid computing environments to help reduce the cost and complexity of maintaining data centers with multiple vendors’ offerings.

The four new ZENworks management tools closely follow the launch of new heterogeneous virtual machine and server cluster management products from CA, IBM, Opsware and Egenera.

Three brand new ZENworks tools work together to manage virtual machine deployments, balance workloads across heterogeneous virtual machines, schedule jobs and automatically provision or deprovision resources based on past behavior.

At the core of the new offerings is the Novell ZENworks Orchestrator, which automatically enforces policies for provisioning resources on demand.

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