INTEL HAS LAUNCHED performance monitoring software suite for users of Openstack.
Intel Datacenter Manager: Service Assurance Administrator (DCM:SAA), which clearly had no input from a branding advisor when it was named, is designed to increase the number of services hosted and ensure that they run on trusted infrastructure.
Intel GM for Service Assurance Administrator Billy Cox said, "The workloads that we see enterprise IT want to move into these shared multi-tenant cloud environments, they need to know that when they move it there, they can guarantee its performance and that they understand the trust requirements for the compliance environment."
Although Openstack is an open framework and DCM:SAA is being sold as a standalone offering, it requires Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) processes embedded in processors, so this won't be the news for everyone.
The software suite is designed to provide monitoring and reporting for the management database, to help administrators meet set service level agreements (SLAs). Intel claimed it can reduce deployment of a virtual machine network from weeks to minutes.
As is common in optimisation packages, the DCM:SAA service works by redirecting traffic to underused nodes to spread the load more efficiently across the available resources.
The software is sold through approved resellers and vendors. Intel has not announced pricing just yet, but we have put the question to it.
With ARM processors becoming a reality in a data centre environment, Intel is playing its hand with software in an attempt to hold on to competitive advantage.