ScaleXtreme Now Manages Amazon EC2 and vCLoud
When we last left ScaleXtreme, the company had opened its doors to an early access program of its cloud management technology. Now the company is looking to provide an even deeper, albeit simpler, level of management with its new cloud provisioning and management features for Amazon EC2 clouds and vCloud Director-enabled hosts.
According to ScaleXtreme, its namesake offering is a one-of-a-kind tool, helping IT admins automate, configure and manage the lifecycles of their nebulous infrastructure. That coupling is seen as a “killer app,” since the company believes hybrid-cloud provisioning and management tools traditionally have not existed as one cohesive product.
ScaleXtreme can offer the ability to manage vCloud Director-enabled services and provision new deployments, and/or use a ScaleXtreme account to create Amazon EC2 instances. It’s all manageable without installing local software, and all machines can be managed the same, regardless if they’re physical or virtual, all from a single pane of glass in the cloud. The technology allows for a “live browse” of an Amazon EC2 file system for access to installed applications and even the registry, and when used with vCloud Director, ScaleXtreme has zero multiple license fees for multi-vendor approaches to virtualization platform management. vCloud service providers can now potentially offer ScaleXtreme as a single unifying operational console.
ScaleXtreme is going against the grain of similar solutions, since what it is offering is more scalable and potentially more affordable. A lack of physical infrastructure means no deployment is required, and with ScaleXtreme’s SalesForce.com-like approach to cloud management, users have a more flexible environment to work in. And don’t forget, ScaleXtreme has a an app store of automation scripts, which the company hopes IT admins will use to share, download and collaborate with each other to get their environments up and running quickly without extra work.
Bottom line? Ease of use seems top of mind for ScaleXtreme.