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Data Center Management Goes Virtual

With virtual servers sprouting like weeds in large organizations, a new wave of data center management tools aims to make it easier to control them -- and the applications they touch.

Symantec today beefed up Veritas Server Foundation, adding features for managing applications across storage and virtual server domains, regardless of platform. (See Symantec Expands Family and Symantec Intros Veritas Foundation.) The notable addition is an Application Director that manages and monitors applications across physical servers, virtual servers, and storage networks.

Earlier this week, CA upgraded Unicenter Advanced Systems Management (ASM) to let admins manage and create virtual machines from one console. (See CA Releases Unicenter.)

Both Symantec and CA allow users to set policies to control applications across virtual servers and balance workloads to allocate more CPU and memory resources to higher priority applications.

Both upgrades come two weeks after Opsware brought out its Virtualization Director to manage physical and virtual servers. (See Opsware Intros Solution.)

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