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In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation of manual record keeping and scattered documentation. OpManager replaces data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB). In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data.

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OpenStack Fights Cloud Lock-In Worries


Jonathan Bryce, new OpenStack Foundation executive director, explains how the cloud project takes a democratic approach to win support for its open source work.

Jonathan Bryce may have started out as implementer of the original Mosso Cloud in San Antonio that became the Rackspace Cloud. But the new executive director of the OpenStack Foundation said the OpenStack open source project is the best way to avoid getting locked into a cloud vendor's operations. The OpenStack project's claim that it will continue to provide freely available software is backed up by the project's overseeing body, the OpenStack Foundation, Bryce said in an interview on the opening day of Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday. While it is based on its Linux and Apache predecessors, Bryce said the OpenStack Foundation offers an advanced example of open source governance. The foundation has a 24-member board of directors that attempts to create a balance among the competing interests that make up OpenStack membership. It is composed of eight platinum members who pay $500,000 a year ($1.5 million total) for a three-year term. They include IBM, Rackspace, HP and Nebula. Read full story on InformationWeek

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