VMWorld 2012: Virtualization Meets Managed Services

VMWorld 2012: Virtualization Meets Managed Services

Managed services will converge with virtualization during VMworld 2012 later this month. One example: ManageEngine, the MSP software provider, is preparing to demonstrate numerous IT management solutions at the conference. Among the big priorities: Helping MSPs to manage physical, virtual and cloud assets. Here's what to expect.

Details are still emerging, but ManageEngine President Raj Sabhlok confirmed that the company will have a big presence at the conference. Watch closely for solutions involving password management, application management, and risk mitigation.

A growing list of MSP-centric software companies have been focusing on virtualization management. Nimsoft, for one, was one of the first companies to introduce VBlock management for VCE solutions, which basically converge VMware, Cisco and EMC offerings into starndardized bundles. And Microsoft's own System Center has caught on with some MSPs, many of whom are managing Hyper-V environments for customers. A major Hyper-V upgrade will arrive with Windows Server 2012 this fall.

Will VMware itself reach out to MSPs? I haven't heard much buzz in that area. VMware's bigger focus seems to be on telecom and cloud services providers -- many of which leverage VMware's service provider licensing.

MSPmentor also is gearing up to attend and cover VMworld. We expect to deliver a steady drumbeat of news ahead of the conference.

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