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Man Group Manages Virtual Sprawl Using DynamicOps

Alternative investment firm using one software console to manage virtual machines from Citrix, VMWare, Microsoft, Linux and others.

Man Group, an alternate investment firm that manages $53 billion and employs around 1,800 people in 14 countries worldwide, has selected Virtual Resource Manager from DynamicOps to manage the company's virtual infrastructure, which makes up nearly 50 percent of its IT ecosystem. DynamicOps is a venture-funded Credit Suisse spinoff.

During the past year, Man Group, which manages $53 billion in investment funds, has accelerated its pace of virtualization. The company sought to deliver efficient IT services in a consistent and repeatable manner, especially with escalating needs for virtual desktops. Man Group wanted to automate the management of virtual servers and desktops, eliminate the burden of manual tasks to manage the virtualization ecosystem, and gain visibility into virtual machine resource use and costs.

The firm required a single virtualization management tool to ensure efficient delivery and management of virtual servers and desktops, including self-service delivery; manage existing virtualization technologies with a single console; scale across multiple sites and improve IT utilization efficiency; integrate with existing IT processes and pre-existing tools; and ensure governance and compliance with business policies.

After considering several options, Man Group chose VRM from DynamicOps. VRM is a single automated solution to manage Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware hypervisors, allowing companies to leverage the hypervisor technology that meets their requirements.

"VRM has reduced the provisioning cycle from days to minutes," explained Neil Smith, global platform engineering, Man Group. "As we expand to thousands of VMs, this reduction will greatly improve initial service delivery and ongoing management, while lowering operational costs."

Man Group found that VRM offered multi-vendor capability to allow Man to lever the advantages of best-of-breed virtualization technologies, both existing from Citrix, VMWare, Microsoft, Linux, and planned in the future; a single administrative management for both servers and desktops; and a chargeback capability that works with VM delivery and ongoing management.

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