VMware has open-sourced the code for its VMware View Open Client, placing the code on the code repository Google Code and licensing it under the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1. The client-side software is designed to enable end users to access virtual desktop infrastructure desktops running under VMware View. In a release, the company said it hoped making the code available would help further its "Universal Client" vision. Participating in the announcement were several thin-client vendors including Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and Wyse Technology. For more information on Open Client, check out Google's VMware's View Open Client page.
Disk-to-disk backup vendor Idealstor has released a new licensing option for its iBac Virtual Infrastructure Proxy (VIP) for VMware product: Rather than license it per ESX host for $1,695, the company will also sell it per VMware vCenter (formerly VirtualCenter) instance, covering all the ESX hosts under management, for $5,495. Idealstor's iBAC VIP for VMware is also integrated with VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB), for backups that do not affect ESX host performance. Blade Network switches now VMotion-aware
Blade Network Technologies' new Ethernet switches now features VMready, a network virtualization technology to preserve the security, access and performance characteristics associated with a virtual machine as it is live-migrated (or VMotion'ed) from one physical host to another. The technology is available for existing Blade Network switch users or as part of the Blade 1/10 Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch for IBM BladeCenter servers. It will also be available for Blade's own RackSwitch top-of-rack data center switch products starting in mid-2009. The technology works with server virtualization offerings Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.