Embotics broadens cloud automation functionality in V-Commander

News James Stirling Dec 12, 2012

Service catalogue has been expanded in addition to linked clones to orchestration product

Cloud management software firm Embotics has updated its V-Commander product to enable the provisioning of IT-as-a-service (ITaaS) using private clouds.

The updated product, now at version 4.6, has expanded its provisioning capabilities with enhanced service catalogue and support for deploying virtual machines (VMs) as linked clones.

Users are now able to provision anything from virtual machines to IT services through the service catalogue’s user-friendly app store interface.

They can also create a service that includes several virtual machines that make a multi-tiered application or even unmanaged components such as a desktop phone, completely automating the provisioning process through completion workflows.

The linked clones, also referred to as delta disks, save disk space and enable faster provisioning time, which are important components of lab management and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments, according to Embotics.

Service catalogue entries can be now be deployed as linked clones and at the same time users can manually deploy a virtual machines as a linked clone. The product will also support for Microsoft Hyper-V from early 2013.

Embotics claimed that the product can be installed and configured in a minutes, offering businesses rapid provisioning, self-service, service catalogues, IT costing and chargeback, workflow automation, resource optimisation and lifecycle management capabilities.

The company said that private cloud resources can be optimised by providing an all round view of the entire virtualised environment: eliminating virtual server sprawl, ensuring operational efficiency and thereby delivering cost and resource savings.

“As businesses have accelerated their march to the cloud over the past few years, IT management requirements have evolved at an equally fast pace,” said Colin Wright, vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Embotics.

“IT administrators need a solution that enables them to provision virtual and physical infrastructure and services from a centralised management platform."

Embotics V-Commander 4.6 will be available from the end of December 2012. Managed service providers will have free access to the latest version of Embotics V-Commander to enable them to offer a white-labelled cloud management platform to their own customers.