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ConVirt for KVM


logo-kvm-small.jpgConVirt is a powerful virtualization management platform for administering and automating your KVM infrastructure. Use ConVirt if you need centralized management; if you need high availability, backup & restore, and workload management; if you need self-service for your customers; or if you want to manage your virtualization infrastructure from a "single pane of glass".

The Challenge of Managing KVM

Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is an open source hypervisor that provides enterprise-class performance, scalability and security to run Windows and Linux workloads. Over the past several years, KVM has become a real alternative to VMWare. However, one of the biggest challenges in using KVM for large-scale enterprise deployments has been a lack of scalable management:

ConVirt for KVM

ConVirt delivers enterprise-grade management for KVM, enabling you to manage thousands of hosts and virtual machines in a highly scalable and secure fashion. With advanced automation features such as high availability, backup and recovery, and policy-based workload management, ConVirt brings KVM up to the same enterprise-grade standard of automation and management that you are used to with VMWare: 

Manage your KVM Environment Centrally

Discover and manage all your KVM hosts from a central web-based console, including template-based provisioning and full VM lifecycle administration. ConVirt allows you to monitor, provision, and configure virtual machines at the server pool level, including shared storage and networks. In addition to supporting the most common virtual machine operations like start, stop and connect to VM console, ConVirt’s advanced administration capabilities include thin provisioning, compliance tracking, dynamic resource allocation management, drag-and-drop live migration, and intelligent virtual machine placement.

Add High Availability, Workload Management and Backup/Restore

ConVirt has advanced automation and scalability features necessary to run large scale or mission critical virtualization environments, all from a single integrated management console. High availabilityprovides failover services for both virtual machines and physical servers. Backup and restore supports both scheduled and on-demand backups, and dynamic workload management provides scheduled, policy-based workload migration to support server consolidation for power savings or load balancing across a pool of servers.

 

Let Your Customers Help Themselves

A ConVirt Virtual Data Center (VDC) is a web-based self-service console that provides end users with the ability to manage a pre-defined set of virtual, cloud or physical machines. Data center administrators define the compute, network, storage, quota, and user requirements for an internal or external customer, then ConVirt automatically assembles the VDC from the available pool of resources in the data center, and creates an easy-to-use self-service console for customer administrators to use. 

 

Optimize Your Hypervisor Mix

If you’re looking to reduce the high costs of your virtualized infrastructure by moving to KVM, or consolidate multiple hypervisor silos under a “single pane of glass”, ConVirt can help. One of the most powerful aspects of ConVirt is its ability to manage across a heterogeneous set of hypervisors and cloud platforms, including VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, Xen, Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, and others. By normalizing functionality across these platforms up to a “highest common denominator” level, ConVirt can apply a standard set of management capabilities across them, making it easier for your IT staff to scale and providing a viable “second source” option to reduce your costs.

 

Deliver Hybrid Cloud Services Combining KVM and Amazon

While KVM is gaining acceptance in the enterprise data center, Amazon Web Services rules in public clouds. IT organizations need the ability to deploy applications to both platforms, based on a well-defined set of requirements, governance and policy rules. ConVirt allows IT organizations to manage both of these sets of resources from a single pane of glass, delivering them to end customers via self-service Virtual Data Centers with well-defined quotas, isolation, and user models. 

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