10 big IT management moves in 2009

By Denise Dubie, Network World |  Software, IT management

Compuware acquired Gomez to combine Compuware's application performance management technology with Gomez's Web site monitoring and Web application performance management.  The combination, according to industry watchers, could help Compuware win more customers and provide customers with more options in application performance management.

"In the short term, integrating information from Gomez into an APM solution becomes a strong argument in favor of Compuware's new strategy, and providing an integration between web monitoring services and Compuware's passive monitoring and APM is a plus for Gomez customers," Garbani wrote in a Forrester Research blog post. "Longer term, the combination of the two could lead to an SaaS end-to-end application performance management solution, something that should have a strong market appeal."

Cisco-EMC-VMware data center venture

Cisco's second significant management move involved a three-way partnership with EMC and its subsidiary VMware. The trio came together to launch its Virtual Computing Environment coalition and Acadia, which would offer training and education on how to use products developed by the coalition.

According to a report in Network World, "The products being developed by the [Virtual Computing Environment] coalition are called Vblock Infrastructure Packages. They are pre-integrated, tested and validated packages combining virtualization, networking, computing, storage, security and management products from the three vendors."

EMC's contribution to the joint data center venture was notably unified management software.  As part of the news blast, EMC also introduced Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager software, which the company says is "designed to support a wide range of enterprise management consoles." EMC says the product will manage Vblock Infrastructure Packages that are, according to press statements from the coalition members, "validated platforms of engineered, integrated IT infrastructure from Cisco, EMC and VMware, that deliver a breakthrough total cost of ownership and pervasive virtualization at a scale to meet today's most demanding use cases."

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