PC blade manager released

ClearCube gets in on blade market

ClearCube is stepping up its focus on tools to manage its PC blades, as well as those from other vendors, as users show growing interest in centralising their computing resources.

Sentral 5.0, which ClearCube introduced last month, provides a single console for managing and monitoring hundreds or thousands of centralised PCs. The product consolidates several of ClearCube’s existing management products and provides new functionality, including the capability to manage desktops running in virtual machines.

PC blades separate the guts of a PC from the client device, putting the processing power in datacentres or computer rooms. Proponents say the approach streamlines management and heightens security by putting hardware in a centralised location.

While ClearCube created the market in 2000, HP and IBM have introduced PC blade offerings in the past year. Analysts say the idea of PC blades is catching on, especially as enterprises tap into virtualisation to get more out of their IT resources.

With Sentral, which replaces ClearCube’s Control Centre management suite, customers can manage virtualised desktops, says Trent Fitz, software product manager at ClearCube.

“It can manage virtual machines, and that means mapping users to VMs, stopping virtual machines and restarting them,” he says.

Other features in Sentral include a centralised dashboard for viewing all physical and virtual desktops, including utilisation metrics, such as memory and network bandwidth; alerts for monitoring the health of physical machines and the ability to create a custom view of devices, grouping them by geographic region or business unit — for example, for monitoring and management.

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