Cloud Computing

Gale Technologies Announces Next Generation Automation Software, GaleForce 6.0

Gale Technologies, a leading provider of infrastructure automation software solutions that power Infrastructure as a Service for labs, enterprises, and service providers, announced the general availability of the next major release of its flagship automation product, GaleForce 6.0. The GaleForce software is used across multiple IT environments to quickly and reliably build private and hybrid clouds out of existing physical and virtual resources.

“Nearly all environments today are a mix of physical and virtual, driving the need for cloud software to manage both physical and virtual resources with equal sophistication. In addition, with the growing acceptance of automation solutions, there is also an increasing demand for cloud automation software to be highly extensible and usable,” said Akhil Sahai, vice president of product management at Gale Technologies. “We are pleased to release GaleForce 6.0, our next generation automation software that is specifically designed for the cloud administrator who wants to quickly and reliably build private or hybrid clouds out of both legacy and new infrastructure, with an advanced, extensible, and yet intuitive tool.”

About GaleForce 6.0

GaleForce Software is used to power private and hybrid clouds within enterprise, government, technology vendor, and service provider markets. In 2011, GaleForce deployments doubled due in most part to its strong differentiated features of dynamic automated provisioning and de-provisioning across both physical and virtual environments.

GaleForce 6.0 is packed with new features that include:

  • Expanded Support for Virtualization Platforms: New automated functionality such as the ability to provision base metal servers with VMware hypervisor solutions, for both vSphere 4 and vSphere 5, as well as new virtualization management features for VMware vCenter Server. This release also includes expanded support for Citrix XenServer, and new support for Red Hat KVM.
  • New Orchestration Capability: New capability to create custom orchestration workflows that string automation operations in a series of steps that can be executed in sequence and in parallel for both setup provisioning and teardown of complex, heterogeneous environments.
  • Feature Enhancements: Enhancements to existing features include new pre-built and customizable reports for resource capacity and utilization, new auto-discovery and inventory management capabilities, and advanced scheduling features including priority-based scheduling of resource templates.
  • Platform Extensibility: New support for building language-independent Resource Adapters. Plus, integration with GaleForce core services has been simplified with the publishing of the Application Programming Interface (API) schemas as part of the Resource Adapter Software Development Kit (SDK).
  • New Automation Resource Adapters: Building on an already extensive library, new and enhanced Resource Adapters were released, including: NetApp vFiler, Data Fabric Manager (DFM), and Virtual Storage Console (VSC); Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus 5000, Nexus 7000, and Nexus 1000v; HP ILO-based servers; Dell DRAC-based servers; Citrix XenServer; VMware vCenter Server and vCloud Director; Red Hat KVM hypervisor; and layer 1 switches that include Curtiss-Wright, Cytec Mesa, and MRV Communications.

Pricing for GaleForce 6.0 is based on the number and types of resources used. Price for a single deployment typically starts at $25,000.

Cloud Computing

Gale Scheduler Tool for VMware vSphere Infrastructure and Clouds

Gale Technologies, a leading provider of infrastructure automation software solutions that power IT as a Service for labs, enterprises, and service providers, today announced Gale Scheduler for VMware Clouds. The Gale Scheduler for VMware Clouds is a product built specifically for the purpose of maximizing the utilization of a user’s virtualized infrastructure.

Virtualization results in significant savings through consolidation of infrastructure, yet also creates new problems with virtual machine (VM) sprawl and over-allocation of resources that often erode the efficacy of virtualized infrastructure. Gale Scheduler for VMware Clouds proactively controls VM sprawl by providing self-service scheduling and reservation of VMs for defined periods of time. Gale Scheduler automatically provisions and de-provisions virtual machines based on need, availability, and administrative policies, dramatically improving the utilization of the virtual infrastructure with intelligent and elegant capacity management.

By proactively scheduling resources for VMs in a time-based manner, users are able to fully realize the value of VMware virtualization by:

  • Arresting VM Sprawl with need-based allocation of resources to VMs;
  • Increasing infrastructure utilization with intelligent allocation and de-allocation of virtual resources;
  • Pro-actively managing capacity based on actual anticipated demand; and,
  • Preventing performance issues caused by long running VMs by decommissioning virtual resources at the end of the reservation.

Because of Gale Scheduler’s integration with VMware vSphere APIs, customers who have deployed VMware vSphere can seamlessly manage virtual inventory as well as import virtual machines with properties related to HA FT and DR that were created using the vSphere client. These imported VMs can be grouped into workloads and scheduled through the Gale Scheduler. The Gale Scheduler can scale to a large infrastructure managed by one or more VMware vCenter servers.

“With Gale Scheduler, we want to enable businesses to create self-service infrastructures, while still maintaining the controls that prevent waste and misuse of expensive resources,” said James Thomason, chief architect at Gale Technologies. “Gale Scheduler for VMware Clouds is the only product on the market today that provides time-based reservation, provisioning and capacity allocation for virtualized workloads, proactively arresting VM sprawl and assuring maximized infrastructure utilization.”

Gale Technologies will be demonstrating Gale Scheduler for VMware Clouds at VMworld 2011, in Las Vegas from August 29 to September 1, in booth 871. Attendees can sign up at VMworld for five user licenses free for one year.

Product Availability and Pricing
Gale Scheduler for VMware Clouds will be generally available on November 15, 2011. Pricing starts at $100/user/year.