VMware and EMC today announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement for VMware to acquire certain software products and expertise from EMC’s Ionix IT management business, including solutions aimed at delivering improved management and deployment of servers and applications in a virtualized data center.
Under the terms of the agreement, VMware will acquire all technology and intellectual property of FastScale, Application Discovery Manager, Server Configuration Manager and Service Manager and will maintain engineering, marketing, sales and support operations in the United States, Europe, Israel, India and Australia. As part of the agreement, EMC will retain the Ionix brand and have full reseller rights to continue to offer customers the products acquired by VMware.
VMware, Microsoft and Citrix all include management tools with their offerings. Every enterprise customer of VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization platforms typically uses the default management tools provided by the virtualization platform vendor. However, there are strong reasons to look beyond these tools, and consider offerings from vendors like DynamicOps, Embotics, Fastscale, Fortisphere, Hyper9, ManageIQ, Platform Computing, Reflex Systems, Tripware, Surgient, Veeam, and VizionCore.
I was in this industry when the IBM PC was launched in the early 1980’s. As soon as the first model was replaced with one that had a 5 MB (imagine that) hard disk, and the first personal productivity applications came out (WordPerfect, VisiCalc, and Harvard Graphics) the IBM PC morphed from a toy to a serious tool that users and businesses could use to enhance their productivity through computing without having to plead for resources and support from what was then a mainframe and mini-computer dominated data center.