Tuesday Sep 30, 2008

Plotting Sensor Data at Massive Scale

A couple days ago I posted a video from my trip to TACC.  I just noticed that Prasad Pai also posted a blog entry about how people at TACC are using xVM Ops Center to plot out sensor data for their 4,000 node supercomputer.  Click here to see Prasad's blog.  

Ops Center knows how to collect data from all the service processors on the systems and brings it back to a central point, making it easy to post process.  In this case, the charts plot the data on a 2D grid that mimics the physical layout of the data center.  The big blue box in the middle is the big switch with the "horns" from the video.  Totally neat!

Monday Sep 29, 2008

xVM Ops Center 2 UI

Here's a link to a cool blog entry over on xVM Central about the xVM Ops Center 2 user interface.  Lots of cool screen shots.  Worth a look.  Click here to check it out.

Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

xVM Ops Center 2 on iPhone

A few weeks back I posted a fuzzy pic of a demo of xVM Ops Center 1.1 running on a iPhone.  Just for fun, one of the engineers sent me some spiffy new pics of the forthcoming Ops Center 2 running on the iPhone.  I don't know if anyone will want to really manage their data center this way, but it goes a long way towards proving the point that the choice to develop our management client for the browser (instead of building a fat client) gives us the flexibility to manage from anywhere.

An Update on xVM Ops Center 2.0

One of the coolest things about the forthcoming xVM Ops Center 2.0 is that it shares a common set of UI metaphors with the embedded xVM Server user interface.  In fact, one could go so far as to say each copy of xVM Server embeds a slimmed down, for both features and footprint, optimized copy of Ops Center 2.  I've shown xVM Server screen shots here before, but I don't think I've shown Ops Center 2 yet.

One of the engineers reeently sent me this picture, which I think is really fun.  It shows the Ops Center 2 UI, and how it's common with xVM Server, but shows a new feature that isn't available in Ops Center 1.1, or in xVM Server: Power Monitoring.

This shows how Ops Center can interface with physical servers and give you information you can't get from a virtual only tool.  This feature will be of interest to customers managing only physical servers, or to people using virtualization to do server consolidation.  It's all about efficiency.

We'll be announcing more about the planned availability of Ops Center 2 shortly.  Until then, if you want to learn more about what Ops Center 1.1 can do for your data center today, the best thing to do is go check out one of our Webinars.  Click here to see dates and register.

Thursday Aug 07, 2008

A Bit of Fun with xVM Ops Center

A few weeks back Peter Charpentier, one of our field engineers, needed to give a demonstration of xVM Ops Center 1.1, but had some issues with his laptop.  Always creative, check out what he managed to concoct!   It actually works!  Very neat.

Monday Jul 07, 2008

New xVM Ops Center How-to Articles

The xVM writing team has been very busy lately over on their blog.  They've posted several new articles covering key aspects of Ops Center 1.1.  I'm really glad to see the team putting out content on the blog more often now.  Here are some of their recent bits:

Are you new to Ops Center and want to find out more?  The best way is to attend alive Ops Center Webinar where one of our engineers will run through a full demo of the product, and answer questions from the attendees.  You can click here to learn more.  There are two scheduled for this month and you can click below to sign up.

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008
Time: 9:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -07:00, San Francisco)
Registration Link: Click Here

Date: Thursday, July 31, 2008
Time: 9:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -07:00, San Francisco)
Registration Link: Click Here


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