Bull announced Bull System Manager, a software suite designed to help system administrators to manage operations in homogeneous or heterogeneous IT environments and to bring them to the highest efficiency levels.
A key contribution to Bull Bio Data Center™ Initiative
Bull System Manager contributes to Bull’s Bio Data Center initiative by helping manage heterogeneous server environments from one single control point. It strengthens data center infrastructures, by ensuring that SLAs are fully met, using structured and highly automated processes.
The Bio Data Center focuses on:
- The implementation of high-quality operational processes
- The adoption of an efficient topology through the right balance of virtualization and consolidation
- The deployment of power-efficient technologies, using the latest advances in server and storage design.
A seamless integration based on Open Source Software components
This integration of Open Source software components – such as Nagios, enhanced, tested and supported by Bull – enables Bull System Manager (BSM) to provide automated administration tasks, a centralized control point, a virtualization-ready solution, a powerful and scalable management solution, and an optimized total cost of ownership.
BSM simplifies the management of Bull Escala, NovaScale or Blade Series Servers as well as Bull StoreWay storage systems, and enhances the systems availability. It is based on a 3-tier architecture and can be easily integrated in enterprise large management platforms such as: Bull OpenMaster, HP OpenView, CA Unicenter and IBM Tivoli through Common Information Model (CIM) and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
Automated administration tasks
BSM comes with the value notion of roles. Administrators can specify parameters, organize and manage computers in arbitrary groups, creating views either depending on organizational or technical parameters. Operators will quickly be notified when alerts occur and they may then walk through the different views to gather further details, to rapidly diagnose and solve problems.
A centralized control point
Bull System Manager provides secured access to remote systems and controls the use and performance of critical elements such as processors, disks and memory regardless of the operating system. BSM cuts down operational costs and maximizes uptime, independently of the fact that these applications are installed on the same platform.
A virtualization-ready solution
It offers to operators in one tool and in the same hierarchical tree a synthetic view of virtual machine statuses independently of the technology used to create them. BSM automatically discovers virtual machines and attaches them to the physical server they belong to.
A powerful and scalable management solution
The monitoring functions of Bull System Manager provide an interface that gives a synthetic view of the hardware condition. They detect anomalies and notify them to the concerned entities. BSM receives automatically all events generated by operating systems and hardware management systems. The administration functions are used to configure target hosts and execute actions on these hosts. With BSM, the administrator is able to view and track the hardware configuration, even at every partition level.
Bull expertise centers and BTS instrumental in BSM design and support
Bull’s centers of expertise are pivotal to this launch, given their active role in this software development.
Bull’s customers will be able to draw on the full range of expertise available in these centers to define, deploy, implement and monitor their complex infrastructures. The centers’ service offerings range from architecture definition and scoping of application environments through to Proofs of Concept (POC) and energy audits.
In addition, through Bull Tele-Services (BTS), Bull System Manager provides advanced remote management and 24/24 7/7 service.
An optimized total cost of ownership
Due to its openness combined with an easy integration and deployment flexibility, Bull System Manager can manage a larger number of servers running AIX®, Linux® or Windows® while lowering the cost per managed system and driving down system management costs. Its architecture enables remote management thus improving the management flexibility.