Managing InfiniBand

Vieo has started to diversify InfiniBand technology with the announcement of a management appliance for the next-generation transport medium.

The appliance will be the first vehicle to implement Vieo's Adaptive Application Infrastructure Management (AAIM) software, a management architecture the company unveiled several weeks ago. AAIM is intended to improve the performance, reliability and availability of I/O- or transaction-intensive applications such as databases, customer relationship management or enterprise resource planning.

Vieo's approach sounds not unlike BMC's Application Specific Storage Management software - only applied to InfiniBand. Time will tell if IT managers will adopt an appliance approach to systems management and whether such an appliance should be limited to InfiniBand instead of being extended to many other transport methods such as iSCSI or Fibre Channel and interconnect technologies.

While a drop-in-and-configure device may be what IT managers want, the company should also consider implementing AAIM as a software-only product, where users can install it on a server of their choice.

"Vieo faces the challenge of selling people on a management appliance," Yankee Group Senior Analyst Jamie Gruener says.

It would seem to me that a management appliance that takes the approach of managing multiple storage and server transports used in the data center - including Fibre Channel - would be accepted better. Using an appliance and software to manage the application and network environment and applying rules to them to enforce service-level agreements is smart.

Indications from analysts are that Vieo's move is a good one. "Vieo wants to be positioned in the mainstream systems management space," Gruener says. "That's something they need to consider doing."

The appliance is expected to be available in the first quarter of next year. Prices have not been set.

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