Startup combines InfiniBand, system management

After spending six months in stealth mode, Vieo Inc. on Tuesday shed light on its Adaptive Application Infrastructure Management (AAIM) product designed to help companies get a better hold on system management within distributed computing environments.

Vieo's unique approach to the problem of distributed system management is to leverage InfiniBand technology as the connection point between compute nodes within the network, explained Bob Fabbio, chairman, CEO, and president of Vieo, based in Austin, Texas.

InfiniBand is a multichannel, switched fabric I/O technology that has only recently begun to arrive as an option in servers and storage devices.

AAIM essentially uses one of the InfiniBand management channels to add system management technology at the application level to help network administrators better control compute resources in a distributed environment, Fabbio said.

"We are providing the necessary transport that allows applications and databases to run on top of InfiniBand fabric without a single change, and get huge performance and reliability gains," Fabbio said.

Vieo's two-fisted tactic of delivering system management tools with an InfiniBand backbone will not only assist administrators with distributed system management tasks, but also help foster the growth of InfiniBand technology in networks, said Jamie Gruener, a senior analyst with the Yankee Group in Boston.

"It does help foster the growth of InfiniBand by providing a dedicated management network," Gruener said. "And the value is this: Customers are going to be looking at InfiniBand for the longer term. [AAIM] gives them the impetus by saying 'Try this out. Put this product in your environment. Use InfiniBand fabric to connect the nodes of your application servers, and eventually, when you want to, you can migrate more of your data traffic on to InfiniBand.'"Vieo AAIM is expected to be released by the end of 2002, according to Fabbio.

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