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

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Neptuny, the leading solution provider for IT Performance Optimization and Capacity Management, today launches Caplan(TM) 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

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

Neptuny's CEO Fabio Violante comments: "We are very excited about Caplan(TM) 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

Caplan(TM) 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

Caplan(TM) 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. Caplan(TM) CIS provides all the required facilities to develop (e.g. autocompletion, 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, Caplan(TM) introduces a new architectural component, called Remote ETL Engine, that further enhances Caplan(TM) integration capabilities for very large environments, by allowing Caplan(TM) 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 Caplan(TM) to automatically gather high volumes of data, possibly buffer them locally to upload them in the central Caplan(TM) Data Warehouse when an efficient communication can be established without impacting normal business operations;

Integration of different data sources

Caplan(TM) (agentless) 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 outofthebox connectors and mechanisms provided by Caplan(TM) to create custom connectors. Typically, each new Caplan(TM) version introduces new or improved connectors to import performance (and configuration) data from management tools, native platforms and interfaces; in particular, Caplan(TM) 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 Caplan(TM) implementations.Caplan(TM) 3.2 is a major step forward".

About Caplan

Neptuny CaplanTM ("Capacity Planning made easy") is the holistic, agentless, 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 ondemand) analyses, forecasts, whatif scenarios and reports that can be accessed from easytouse 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 datacenters 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 "businessawareness" allows customers to associate capacity needs to measurable business data, thus achieving a better IT and Business alignment.

Caplan(TM) is also available as Softwareasa-Service (SaaS), thus bringing Capacity Management to small/mediumsized enterprises that cannot afford costs associated to onsite implementations, or even to larger (Enterpriselevel) companies that need to quickly setup Capacity Planning for a critical project (e.g. design of production environments from load testing results).
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