Shavlik Technologies has announced the full beta launch of its cloud-based IT management service.
The IT.Shavlik.com service, that was first announced last year as a trial to specific customers, is now available for physical and virtual machines management.
The company claimed that it leverages the latest in cloud computing and virtualisation technologies to deliver enterprise-level systems management minus the enterprise cost and complexity.
Developed by the same team that partnered with VMware to launch the SaaS-basedVMware Go and built Shavlik NetChk Protect, IT.Shavlik.com features asset inventory of physical and virtual machines; the ESXi Hypervisor and software applications; assessment of missing patches for both physical and virtual infrastructures; and analysis and reporting of Windows 7 implementation readiness.
Shavlik said that one of the drivers for this product is it will allow IT administrators to find physical and virtual machines they did not know they had and uncover software applications they did not know were installed.
Nancee Melby, Shavlik's director of product marketing manager, said: “We all used services, so now we need a service to find all providers. Now we need a server and you can buy one on Amazon but it is not managed. There is a changing role for IT and it needs to become a changing role.
“How do you keep up? When you have a reduced budget, fewer co-workers and day-to-day work and want to keep up, and end-users are empowered. We are looking at solutions.”
Melby said she was ‘really excited' by the launch, as there is a lot of use of virtualisation outside of the cloud and virtualisation will allow enabled cloud.
“Companies are running the cloud whether they know it or not, so they will find servers but if virtualisation of the premises is used, the cloud will get better and better. There is a cloud that staff are less aware of, and the assessment with the free product they can see what is running on it. People want a handle on the networks but with a scan they can locate so we are making it ultimately convenient at the push of a button,” said Melby.
Mark Shavlik, CEO of Shavlik, said: “Too often managing all these moving parts means IT spends too much time managing hard-to-use software and a systems management infrastructure. By delivering these IT management services from the cloud, we're eliminating both cost and complexity in our on-going quest for simplification of computer management.
“This next step of IT.Shavlik.com levels the playing field so businesses of any size can gain the same technology advantages previously available only to the largest companies with the deepest pockets. Stay tuned, there is much more to follow.”