Xcedex, provider of virtualization planning software and solutions for managing virtual infrastructure in the data center, yesterday introduced X_Factor, a new virtualization planning software suite.
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.
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.