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FireScope Delivers Converged Management and Automation for FlexPod for VMware

- New Capability Enables Consolidation of Management of FlexPod Powered Cloud Initiatives via Direct API Access for Rich, Service-View Dashboards

LONDON, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- FireScope, Inc., the leader in aligning customers technology performance to their business and customer experiences, today announced availability of FireScope Unify for FlexPod, enabling converged management and automation of the complete FlexPod for VMware stack from a single, dynamic interface.

At the heart of the solution lies an HTML5/Canvas visualization of a FlexPod for VMware that takes advantage of direct API access to the NetApp Filers, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) blades and VMware vSphere to provide unparalleled visibility into health and utilization across domains. Additional data collection capabilities for business metrics, application and user experience analysis provide extra dimensions to these views to put events and performance in context of their impact on the business.

"FireScope's speed of deployment allows us to provide a comprehensive cloud solution rapidly addressing the technology and operational needs of our customers," said Wintosin Po, Managing Director RTP Technology. "This gives RTP Technology a competitive advantage in time to value and confidence for our customers knowing that their business services are highly available."

"Getting this single, converged view across my complete FlexPod stack is invaluable," said Mike Chase, CTO dinCloud Technologies. "This helps me ensure my customers are experiencing optimal performance by correlating performance across functional domains and tying this performance to business impact."

FireScope's approach to FlexPod for VMware offers 4 compelling advantages:

    
    -- A Top-Down Approach - By starting with the business service being
       delivered and working down through dependencies, organizations can 
       more effectively prioritize workloads based on their impact on 
       business services.
    -- Integration of the Complete Infrastructure Stack - FireScope's 
       multiple data collection methodologies encompass the entire 
       infrastructure stack, from environmentals to applications, with a 
       particular focus where layers intersect and interact. In the case of 
       FlexPods, organizations need to understand how a switch issue can 
       impact storage performance, or mis-provisioned computing resources 
       have become a bottleneck for the users' experiences.
    -- Rapid Deployment, Rapid Scalability - FireScope Unify is shipped as a
       virtual or physical appliance with the complete solution pre-installed 
       and ready to start. This reduces deployment times to a few days, 
       rather than the months required by traditional solutions. And as 
       organizations grow, scaling the solution is as easy as connecting 
       multiple appliances together via the solution's multi-site aggregation 
       feature.
    -- Dynamic, Auto Configuration - Built-in connectivity to NetApp
       Operations manager, VMware vCenter, Cisco Unified Computing System 
       (UCS) Manager and other API's enables FireScope Unify to discover and 
       inventory current configuration and automatically apply best-practice 
       data collection, dependency mapping and event analysis, as well as 
       visualization.

"Cloud initiatives are driven by the business needs that include greater agility for business units and the services they provide, reducing the cost and time to deliver those services to their customers and leveraging their competitive advantages," said Steve Cotton, CEO of FireScope. "With this in mind, it is imperative to execute cloud initiatives to deliver relevant business outcomes such as gaining market share or your businesses response to a competitive threat."

Rapid deployment and automation in configuration are critical elements organizations need to manage today's highly dynamic cloud infrastructures. The speed of deployment of new virtual machines, storage volumes and applications has recently outstripped many organizations' ability to manage these resources after they reach production. FireScope Unify's ability to identify new resources or scaled resources, as the changes happen, empower IT operations with greater agility throughout the application lifecycle. This has the added benefit of reducing the workload on IT operators, enabling them to focus on business-driving projects.

Additionally, FireScope Unify for FlexPod features a drag-and-drop rack builder that further simplifies the process of configuring and scaling FlexPod for VMware racks. Administrators simply drag hardware resources into a rack, specify the appropriate API integration point for data collection, and configuration is complete.

More information about FireScope Unify for FlexPod can be found by visiting http://www.firescope.com/Solutions/FlexPod/, where visitors can watch videos of the solution in action, read customer success stories and request a free trial of FireScope Unify.

About FireScope

FireScope is the leader in aligning customers' technology performance to their business and customer experiences through highly innovative, on-demand solutions. FireScope's suite of products includes three primary enterprise offerings: FireScope Unify(TM) Business Service Management (BSM) - your dashboard for enterprise IT strategy; FireScope Orchestrate(TM) Configuration Management Database (CMDB) - your playbook for IT Operations; and FireScope Comply(TM) - your compass for managing IT compliance. FireScope Inc., headquartered in Huntington Beach, California has offices in Sydney, New York, Dallas and London. To learn more about FireScope and its advanced ITSM solutions, visit http://www.firescope.com or call +1-877-780-3473.

(c) Copyright 2011 FireScope, Inc. All rights reserved. FireScope Unify, FireScope Orchestrate, FireScope Comply, FireScope Analytics, Manage What Matters Now are trademarks or registered trademarks of FireScope, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. NetApp, the NetApp logo, Go further, faster, and Data ONTAP are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Cisco is a registered trademark and Unified Computing System is a trademark of Cisco, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. VMware is a registered trademark and vSphere is a trademark of VMware, Inc. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.

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