Egenera, provider of infrastructure management and automation, announced addition of PAN Cloud Director and PAN Domain Manager to its line of software products. PAN Cloud Director provides self-service cloud management, while PAN Domain Manager delivers scalability and support of mixed hardware environments. In addition to these new products, Egenera has also added new disaster recovery functionality and integrations with VMware Orchestrator to its PAN Manager software.
PAN Cloud Director is a new self-service management portal that is a cloud lifecycle automation product to support the consumption of applications running either in a native OS or virtual environment. The software provides increased flexibility and makes it simpler for service providers and businesses to manage and provision cloud services. The product gives users the ability to match IT services and configurations with resources that best fit the application requirements and end user budgets.
The product provides IT administrators with an easy to use interface for designing, tracking and billing for services. Using a role based structure, administrators and users can leverage PAN Cloud Director to configure all aspects of a service, including pricing, margin, service levels and capacity. In line with Egenera’s commitment to openness, PAN Cloud Director supports all major hypervisors in addition to native servers.
PAN Cloud Director is fully integrated with PAN Manager so that organizations can bring reliability to cloud-based applications through PAN Manager’s high availability and disaster recovery automation functionality. In this way, PAN Cloud Director is aimed at data center administrators who need to provide end users with enterprise class cloud services that can be requested and consumed.
“Many IT organizations are seeking to implement Infrastructure as a Service to speed the provisioning process and to reduce the cost of service delivery,” said Donna Scott, VP and distinguished analyst, Gartner Research. “Key evaluation criteria includes provisioning of both physical and virtual infrastructures, and avoiding lock-in to any one infrastructure vendor by enabling management across multi-vendor hardware. Moreover, increasingly customers seek to deploy mission critical applications as cloud services which require a focus on resiliency and disaster recovery.”
In conjunction with PAN Cloud Director, Egenera also introduced PAN Domain Manager software. PAN Domain Manger enables organizations to bring increased flexibility, scale and ease of use to their IT environments. With PAN Domain Manager, Egenera continues to innovate in converged infrastructure management. In an industry first, PAN Domain Manager provides greater management flexibility and hardware choice by enabling converged infrastructures to consist of mixed hardware environments. This includes the ability to failover and perform full disaster recovery between blades from different server OEM’s.
In addition, PAN Domain Manager extends PAN Manager support up to 256 servers with 20Gb fabric throughput to each blade and an architecture allowing scaling beyond this in the future. The advanced storage management feature simplifies storage resource allocation through integration with industry and storage vendor technologies.
Egenera also offered some significant enhancements to PAN Manager, making it more efficient and cost effective to automate, manage and protect IT infrastructures. These include new granular many-to-one disaster recovery targeting as well as expanding its integration in the virtualization ecosystem with the availability of a VMware vCenter Orchestrator plug-in enabling access to PAN environments from VMware vDirector and vCloud.
“We are excited for the launch of PAN Cloud Director and PAN Domain Manager which bring greater simplicity, added flexibility and support for a diverse range of technologies to enterprises that are exploring the possibilities of cloud services,” said Scott Geng, senior vice president of engineering at Egenera. “PAN Cloud Director will provide our customers with increased flexibility and customization as they confidently move to the cloud, while the updates to PAN Manager come from consultation with IT administrators, who made it clear what they needed for the environments they manage.”