January 5, 2009 (HOSTSEARCH.COM) Xcedex, the premier provider of virtualization planning software and solutions for managing virtual infrastructure in the data center, has unveiled next generation of X_Factor, an innovative virtualization planning software suite.
"The complexity of Virtualization fueled by a desire to drastically reduce operational and capital expenses is driving demand for an application that allows a user to take control and provide an ability to rapidly produce a virtualization plan that can be implemented in the most efficient manner with predictable results, says David Payne, Chief Technology Officer/Founder, Xcedex.
X_Factor enables users to thoroughly plan and document virtualization projects using data collected with CollectorX, a virtual appliance that houses a mature agentless data collection engine. Candidate selection/exclusion/inclusion, modeling and storage planning decisions are performed using X_Factor, a web based analysis portal.
Xcedex delivers its X_Factor software and solutions primarily through its Global Alliance Channel. X_Factor's advanced capabilities create a number of opportunities for channel partners to accentuate their core products, consulting and professional services to their clients. Using the robust agentless data collection capabilities of CollectorX, Xcedex partners are able to automate services such as data center assessments, physical to virtual migration planning, business continuity planning, server virtualization and storage capacity planning, implementation and deployment, and various managed services.
"While many other products currently in the market address either a front end "assessment" capability or "management" application for virtualization infrastructure, Xcedex's X_Factor is targeted at real world scenarios that put the "control and decision" making capabilities in the hands of the user, says Chris Taylor, President and CEO, Xcedex.
X_Factor automates virtualization candidate selection/exclusion, workload analysis, on the fly and adjustable "what if analysis" combined with a holistic view across the server, applications, network, and storage resources. X_Factor assists with the generation of a Virtualization Plan that provides the user with an actionable roadmap ready for implementation. This automates many time-intensive tasks such as a manual or "clipboard approach" to IT Infrastructure inventory, manually reviewing data from multiple sources, and mashing up the results to produce what is often incongruent data that is aged by the time it is compiled for review. The resulting benefits include accelerated results of finding "low hanging fruit" candidates to be virtualized, exclusion of certain candidates that are not optimal for virtualization, reduced data center complexity, increased agility and resource utilization, and dramatically reduced capital and operating expenses.
"The enhancements we've delivered in X_Factor are a natural extension of our core capabilities and a direct response to our customer demand and real world experience over the last 7 years," said Jeremy Pries, Vice President of Engineering/Product Development. "Our product roadmap includes future enhancements that follow the future of the virtualization market and we plan to achieve accelerated product releases that leverage the core expertise currently housed in this platform. "
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