Review: BMC Virtualizer

CMPnet Asia published an interesting review of a virtual machines provisioning tool: BMC Virtualizer for Capacity on Demand.

Virtualizing servers with VMware or Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 in the enterprise can reduce hardware costs, but does little to decrease the time and labor needed to set up redundant, scalable systems. In short, virtualization lacks automation. BMC Software aims to remedy that with Virtualizer 2.4, a policy-based automation tool that provisions servers, applications and storage on demand.

I tested Virtualizer in our Syracuse University Real-World Labs®, installing it on a Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 4. I also implemented Virtualizer Service Agents on virtual machines (VMs) running on VMware ESX Server 2.5.2 and a conventional Intel PIII server (dual 1,400-MHz processors) with 1,024 MB of RAM running Microsoft Windows 2003. Virtualizer scaled out new servers and other enterprise resources on demand. However, it didn’t create new virtual machines on the fly. I’ll have to wait for the next version for that…

Read the whole review at source.