Enterprise virtualisation firm VMTurbo is hoping to expand the reach of its Operations Manager datacentre administrator tool.
The company said that the the 3.1 update for the platform would bring support for CloudStack as well as the addition of an application delivery controller.
Based on the company's Economic Scheduling Engine (ESE) platform, Operations Manager uses an unconventional approach which assigns a value to hardware resources and then charges applications a 'fee' to access them.
By forcing applications to budget their access time the platform aims to make best use of virtualised datacentres, redirecting traffic to less-populated hardware locations and helping to reduce congestion and competition for resources.
Derek Slayton, vice president of marketing for VMTurbo, told V3 that the ESE system was derived out of lessons learned from the EMC SMARTS platform, where engineers first saw the need for a system capable of managing and allocating resources for virtualised servers on the fly.
"With the fluidity and agility that virtualisation provides you have the ability to avoid root cause diagnostics in the first place," Slayton explained.
"You are continually tuning the environment to de-risk it rather than wait for things to get out of line."
Other features in the update include improved tools for gathering and analysing data and better integration with on-premise network appliances.
The 3.1 release will also give firms greater choice in how they deploy the tool by adding CloudStack compatibility. The TurboVM tools had previously been limited to Vmware's V-Sphere, ESX and Hyper-V platforms.
Slayton said that while VMware currently dominates the virtualisation market, his company would not be limiting itself to one partner with its tools.
"We think its a multi-hypervisor world," he said, "and the hypervisor vendors are not the people to deliver the controller because they are largely proprietary in nature."
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