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Hybrid Cloud: Convirture Cloud

As Cloud market evolves the IAAS solutions are maturing as well. In this blog let’s look at convirture and it’s (I have to admit that I have not done a full evaluation yet) my initial assessment.

Convirture Enterprise

Convirture Enterprise

What’s the best part.

1) The ease of getting started with cloud.

2) Multi hypervisor management and providing vCenter kind of feature for KVM you might some features like HA,DRS, DPM for KVM.

3) Simple to use IAAS platform

4) Multi Hypervisor Management

 

Convirture UI

Convirture

Why Convirture

1)   Not all the customers need the greatest and the most advanced Private Cloud features and this product fits the bill

2)   If a customer is not completely into OpenStack and if the customer does not need the complete VMware vRealize stack or the complete HP stack then this product could fit in.

3)   From Virtual Infrastructure to Cloud with ease and simplicity

4)   Enables greater management capability to KVM

5)   Can manage ESX, Hyper-V and KVM as resource pools within the same platform

Convirture

Convirture

Gartners View on Convirture

From : Market Guide for Cloud Management Platforms From Large Software and Emerging Vendors Convirture ConVirt

Convirture is not a new company, but its focus on commercial enterprise virtualization and cloud

platforms is new. Convirture started as an opensource provider for managing infrastructure (compute,

network and storage) in 2009, and introduced ConVirt Enterprise in 2010. This functionally rich solution,

unlike open source, focused on virtual and private cloud platforms. In 2011, it added support for public

(Amazon) and opensource (OpenStack) environments. This focus on traditional and cloud environments

differentiates Convirture from other emerging CMP vendors.

 

ConVirt uses encapsulation to create virtual data center constructs, enabling IT to address physical,

virtual and cloud requirements, while separating resources to ensure isolated performance. However, it

cannot provision physical resources. With its workload migration capability, workloads and resources can

be moved across virtual data centers (VDCs) based on demand using templates to move the resources. It

enables users to configure and manage heterogeneous virtual and cloud environments (VMware, HyperV,

KVM, Xen, Amazon, Eucalyptus and OpenStack) as a selfservice  and multitenant solution. It can also

work and integrate with heterogeneous network infrastructures (e.g., Cisco and Juniper Networks) and

heterogeneous storage environments (e.g., Simple Storage Service [S3], Virsto and IBM). ConVirt’s

technology partner road map includes adding configuration and management for these systems.

 

ConVirt supports service catalog, provisioning, monitoring, live migration, support for HA and dynamic

workload management via orchestration. It also provides rolebased access to VDCs, user quota

management and backup/restore. ConVirt does not have service billing capabilities or the ability to

aggregate bills across public cloud environments. It collects resource metering and usage information that

can be integrated with external billing tools using programmable APIs to create adapters. Likewise, it does

not have deep monitoring capability and can be integrated with external monitoring tools. As ConVirt

focuses on infrastructure, it integrates with external application provisioning and configuration tools.

ConVirt does not have any outofthebox adapters for the tools that need external integration; instead,

they are professional servicedriven engagements. Furthermore, customer feedback indicates that

ConVirt’s automation capabilities, particularly for configuring storage, and performance (e.g., to start new

VMs) in its commercial products need improvement. The majority of ConVirt’s installed base is in onpremises

virtualized environments to configure and manage VMs. It has a large number of opensource

customers and a sizable installed base using its commercial tool in vertical industries worldwide (North

America, Asia/Pacific region, EMEA and Latin America). It has a direct sales model for its commercial

product.

 

 

Strengths:

ConVirt has an intuitive GUI, which makes implementation and ROI faster than most CMP solutions.

The comprehensive single console performs multiple functions: provisioning and monitoring, and

multidatacenter views.

Challenges:

ConVirt needs improved automation and performance management capabilities.

ConVirt can migrate resources but, in some scenarios, it must reimage the entire VM.

Note: These are my views of the product and this could be changed based on the evaluation of the product which i might do in days to come.

 
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