In what’s becoming a mini-arms race among providers of so-called ‘run book automation’ tools, Opalis is now adding support of managing virtualized environments. In so doing, it applies support of the incident management, change management, configuration management, routine server maintenance, and backup and recovery workflows that it applies to IT operations.
These so-called run book automation tools automate the workflows that IT operations uses to maintain and deal with problems in IT infrastructure. The guiding notion is that standardizing workflows and then automating them is far more efficient than reinventing the wheel. And it also provides the kind of documentation that can be helpful for vouching that IT operations are managed in a consistent manner, thereby safeguarding the sanctity of sensitive data.
Opalis’ support of virtualization follows that of Opsware, which previously acquired rival iConclude last year (both of which are in the process of being acquired by HP). Support of virtualization is critical, not only because more organizations are using hypervisors like VMware, but because standardizing the virtualization process can control what might otherwise degenerate into uncontrolled proliferation of VM images.
The Opalis Process Catalog for Virtualization will be available in Q4, and will be demonstrated at VMware’s VMworld conference later this month.