Caplan v3.2 : IT Cost Visibility, Containment and Planning

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Milan, 7th December 2009 – Neptuny, the leading solution provider for IT
Performance Optimization and Capacity Management, today launches CaplanT
3.2, the recognized solution that makes “Capacity Planning easy” for large
data centres and networks. The new version of Caplan will help solve the
thorny problem facing organisations that need to allocate IT costs to
departments or divisions based on utilization or allocation of IT resources
based on what they have used.. Caplan 3.2 will provide effective support
to the IT department to enable them to get better visibility of the costs of
their IT infrastructures which is key in the economic climate today when
budgets have been tightened. Caplan 3.2 also provides support for
consolidation and virtualization as well as enhanced features to generate
future scenarios to enable the alignment between IT resources and business
initiatives.

Caplan 3.2 new features include:
. Accounting and Chargeback
. Consolidation Solution
. Integrated Development Environment
. Remote ETL Engine
. Integration of different data sources
Accounting and Chargeback
CaplanT 3.2 introduces a brand new feature, called Accounting & Chargeback
Solution that leverages resource utilization data that is stored in CaplanT
to support users to evaluate the cost of IT services and to charge them back
to the final users. CaplanT supports several types of cost models (e.g.
fixed-, allocation-, utilization-based) that can be easily composed to
create complex cost models (e.g. hybrid models, partially based on allocated
and used resources). CaplanT interface allows users to easily create
(multiple) target hierarchies and to assign resources to targets
(hierarchies). CaplanT provides several accounting and chargeback reports
templates, that can automatically generated and published, and specific
dashboard views to support on-line cost analyses.

Neptuny’s CEO Fabio Violante comments: “We are very excited about CaplanT
3.2: our new Accounting and Chargeback solution creates a bridge between IT
Performance Management and IT Financial Management. Now, IT Cost
Optimization and Rationalization is an easily attainable goal for IT
managers. We believe this constitutes a paradigm shift in Capacity
Planning”.
Consolidation
CaplanT 3.2 provides an improved module, called Consolidation Solution,
supporting Capacity Planning for infrastructures based on different
virtualization layers (e.g. VMware vSphere, Citrix Xen, AIX LPARs, Solaris
Containers and Logical Domains), and providing Optimal Allocation Models to
automatically simulate placement scenarios of both virtual and physical
machines on virtualized infrastructures with respect to (custom) business or
technical constraints;
Integrated Development Environment
CaplanT 3.2 now provides a new Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
based on Eclipse, called Caplan Integration Studio (CIS), which helps users
to create custom connectors. CaplanT CIS provides all the required
facilities to develop (e.g. auto-completion, code inspection, code
highlighting), test (e.g. test run, debug) and to publish (from the CIS
interface) new connectors in production;

Remote ETL Engine,
Caplan can import and store high volumes of (performance and configuration)
data; some Neptuny customers store terabytes of data at different time
granularities. Now, CaplanT introduces a new architectural component, called
Remote ETL Engine, that further enhances CaplanT integration capabilities
for very large environments, by allowing CaplanT to centralize data related
to several geographically distributed locations (e.g. different Data
Centers), possibly connected by slow connections (e.g. WAN). One or more
Remote ETL Engines are installed in these distributed locations to allow
CaplanT to automatically gather high volumes of data, possibly buffer them
locally to upload them in the central CaplanT Data Warehouse when an
efficient communication can be established without impacting normal business
operations;

Integration of different data sources
CaplanT (agent-less) architecture is also well known for its ability to
integrate different data sources (see for example http://tinyurl.com/ylojwml
). This ability
relies on the out-of-the-box connectors and mechanisms provided by CaplanT
to create custom connectors. Typically, each new CaplanT version introduces
new or improved connectors to import performance (and configuration) data
from management tools, native platforms and interfaces; in particular,
CaplanT 3.2 adds connectors for several data sources, such as: Oracle
Enterprise Manager (improved), Ganglia (new), NetIQ AppManager (new), HP
uCMDB (new), EMC2 Storage Scope Control Center (improved) and VMware
(improved, with vSphere 4 support);
“Caplan new features together with our recently released Customer Portal”,
adds Giuseppe Nardiello, Netpuny’s Business Development Manager, “are
crucial elements in our strategy to further enable both our customers and
our partners to easily deliver and extend CaplanT implementations.CaplanT
3.2 is a major step forward”.

ENDS
About Caplan
Neptuny CaplanTM (“Capacity Planning made easy”) is the holistic,
agent-less, automated solution for large data centers and networks.

CaplanTM supports Capacity Planning for all IT resources, including physical
and virtual servers, databases, applications, storage, networks and
facilities. CaplanTM provides (both scheduled and on-demand) analyses,
forecasts, what-if scenarios and reports that can be accessed from
easy-to-use web interfaces and customizable dashboards. Moreover, predicted
capacity issues can be automatically notified by CaplanTM (“proactive
monitoring”).

CaplanTM enables customers to get better visibility over the performance
(and costs) of their IT infrastructures, to safely optimize and rationalize
them while ensuring an adequate level of service and to support decisions on
how to change them to cope with expected business workload growth. In
particular, CaplanTM helps customers to safely consolidate and virtualize
their data-centers by means of optimal allocation plans, with respect to
(custom) technical and business rules.

CaplanTM allows customers to reduce costs and avoid risks with a low
operational effort and a minimal impact on production environments. CaplanTM
“business-awareness” allows customers to associate capacity needs to
measurable business data, thus achieving a better IT and Business alignment.

CaplanT is also available as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), thus bringing
Capacity Management to small/medium-sized enterprises that cannot afford
costs associated to on-site implementations, or even to larger
(Enterprise-level) companies that need to quickly setup Capacity Planning
for a critical project (e.g. design of production environments from load
testing results).

About Neptuny
Neptuny (“When Performance Matters”) is a leading provider of IT Performance
Optimization and Capacity Planning solutions.Neptuny solutions are based on
both proprietary and third-party products and on best-in-class consulting
services..
Neptuny major references are leading companies in different market segments
in Europe and US. Neptuny has been named “Cool Vendor in IT Operations 2009”
by Gartner Group.
To learn more visit http://www.neptuny.com
or contact
[email protected] .

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