Symantec continues to beef up its data center management software for running storage, networks, servers, and virtual machines. The company recently rolled out Patch Manager and Application Director. Patch Manager automates the deployment of patches across a large, diverse IT infrastructure. Application Director can be deployed on thousands of nodes, and controls when and where applications run across real and virtual machines. The software can increase server utilization and administrator efficiency, up to a possible 2,000 servers per admin ratio.
You've heard of server virtualization, storage virtualization and other variations on that theme. In a new take, BEA is offering virtualization for Java applications. "Most companies are switching from physical sprawl in their data centers to virtual sprawl," notes VP Guy Churchward. BEA's virtualization offering is intended to reduce sprawl and increase efficiency. Its WLS Server and WebLogic 10.0 run on hypervisors, programs that manage and allocate a system's processor, memory and other resources, eliminating the need for an operating system.