We often tout our open management ecosystem, which is made possible by UCS Manager’s XML API. The goal is very simple: we want to help make your transition to UCS as seamless as possible, which means working within your existing management frameworks as much as possible. We also want to enable more consistent, policy-based approaches to operational management with UCS, and allowing higher-level tools to consume–and in some cases create–UCS service profiles is an important step along that path.
Today we announced an extension to our partnership with BMC, bringing in their Cloud Lifecycle Manager (CLM) to the party. There’s been some interesting joint innovation done with a particular eye to the multi-tenancy needs of service providers—though larger enterprises with full-blown cloud implementations may find the “network container” approach useful as well. You can read more about the announcement here. If you’d like to learn more about how Cisco and BMC are partnering to address perennial enterprise pain points, be sure to attend our webinar on Wednesday, December 15th.
Another management partner we’ve worked with extensively is CA. One joint customer, Logicalis, launched their “cooperative cloud” program earlier this year, and they have a whole slew of videos on YouTube discussing what they’re doing with UCS, CA and NetApp. Personally, I find them most interesting from the perspective of providing a discussion of the pros and cons of different operational models, ranging from “in-sourced” private clouds to hybrid cloud models.
If you’re a bit more focused on meat-and-potatoes monitoring and provisioning issues, you may be interested to know that we’ve recently completed testing of HP Operations Manager and Network Automation with UCS Manager. And speaking of webinars, we’re also planning another one with Zenoss in January, in case you missed the one in October.
I’ll continue to post other updates about our partners as they come along. If you have questions about a specific partner, drop me a line in the comments.