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VMWare And HP Announce Co-Developed Plan

VMWare and HP's co-development and OEM arrangement and  integration of HP Discovery and Dependency
Mapping (DDM) software into vCenter is a positive move by VMWare to help
administrators get control of server sprawl and manage moves, adds, and changes
while integration with HP's Client Automation brings VMWare ThinApp
applications under the same management umbrella as other systems. Of the two, the
co-development of HP's DDM will have the biggest bang for VMWare
administrators.

VMWare says ConfigControl will be sometime in 2010. Erik
Wrobel, director of Product Management with VMWare said the co-development has
been ongoing for 6 months and they are starting to show the software to key
customers to get initial feed back. "It's too soon to commit to release dates
or licencing", Wrobel said.

 VMWare's vCenter
ConfigControl module clips into vCenter and allows administrators discover and
design application topologies, declare dependencies between virtual machines, and
start and stop groups of machines as a group and in a particular order. HP's
DDM software provides the application discovery and management framework to
declare the dependences and interconnections while vCenter manages the virtual
hosts, including keeping a history of changes to virtual machines.

"For huge IT shops, or decentralized IT shops with many
different sites, serving out many different applications across a wide range of
physical servers and SAN's, it get tough to visualize, document and control
what the dependencies are between storage, server, application and network,"  contributing editor Randy
George said. "HP's DDM software fills in a critical capability gap for VMWare."

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