Data Center Links: nlyte, CiRBA, NetApp

nlyte Software names Doug Sabella as president and chief executive officer, CiRBA releases new Control Console version, NetApp (NTAP) launches lower-cost FAS2220.

Here’s our review of some of this week’s noteworthy links for the data center industry:

nlyte appoints President and CEO.  nlyte Software announced the appointment of Doug Sabella as president and chief executive officer (CEO). Prior to nlyte Software, Sabella served as president and CEO of Veraz Networks, where he led the company to a successful IPO in 2007. “After completing a record year in customer and revenue growth and completing our largest revenue quarter in December 2011, we are delighted to continue the success of nlyte Software under the leadership of Doug Sabella,” said Bernard Liautaud, Chairman of the Board of Directors for nlyte Software. “The company is poised for strong growth as the demand for DCIM solutions increases in the market and Doug is the right executive to take full advantage of the unique opportunity we have before us.”

CiRBA releases new Control Console version.  CiRBA announced Version 7.1 of its Control Console, enabling IT organizations to optimize capacity decisions, VM placements and resource allocations for AIX-based IBM PowerVM environments.  This latest version will allow customers to leverage the same technology they use to optimize VMware and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization environments to manage virtualized AIX infrastructure. Version 7.1 enables a single console view of the health of PowerVM infrastructure, measurements of overall efficiency of environments, control capacity reservations and gives visibility into available capacity and waste. "AIX and PowerVM provide tremendous flexibility, performance and reliability for mission-critical applications, but until now IT organizations have had to manage them with relatively basic tools and manual processes.   Planning workload placements with Post-itÒ notes and using home grown spreadsheet models to size infrastructure simply isn't sustainable, particularly as these environments become more and more sophisticated," said Andrew Hillier, CiRBA CTO and co-founder. "It becomes an analytics challenge, and the key is to strike the optimal balance of efficiency and risk given the infrastructure capabilities, the requirements of the workloads being hosted, and the policies governing the relationship between the two."

NetApp launches low-cost FAS2220.  NetApp (NTAP) introduced a new entry level $8,000 FAS2220, building on the success of the FAS2240 launched late last year. Using its NetApp Flash pool technology the new FAS2220 delvers a combination of performance and value to help midsize businesses start right and stretch their dollars. Flash Pools, which extend NetApp’s Virtual Storage Tier approach to the midsize market, enable customers to accelerate application performance. NetApp's DPaaS (Data Protection as a Service) provides disk-based recovery and second-site failover functionality typically enjoyed by large enterprises at a fraction of the cost of traditional disk-based solutions. “The demands on midsize businesses continue to increase, which makes the IT infrastructure they build on as important as ever," said Brian Babineau, vice president, Research and Analyst Services, Enterprise Strategy Group. "The right infrastructure can provide midsize businesses with the flexibility required to adjust to their changing environment and grow their business along with the efficiency to help keep costs down. We see cloud services as another key layer to the IT infrastructure as they enable midsize businesses to maximize limited resources, pay only for the service levels they need, and easily expand as their business needs grow.”

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