VMware Converter, the company's physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration utility, used to be Windows-only, but the new 4.0 version of the standalone edition can now migrate Linux servers and desktops as well. Supported Linux distributions include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Novell SUSE and Ubuntu. Converter 4.0 can also take Windows Server 2008 images, as well as a variety of third-party image formats, as source. The company said it has improved hot cloning, automated P2V workflow and eased management. The product is generally available for free. ESXi backup without VCB
Veeam Software claims its new Veeam Backup 3.0 can back up both VMware ESX and ESXi from a single console without VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB). It also provides file-level recovery of virtual machines running Linux, Unix, Berkeley Software Distribution and Mac, as well as Windows; and application-level quiescence for Windows 2008 applications via Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service, or VSS. Available immediately, Veeam Backup 3.0 is priced at $499 per socket. Build a virtual SAN from local disk
StorMagic, an iSCSI storage area network (SAN) management company,
HyperIP, data transport optimization software from Netex, used to be available only on a dedicated hardware appliance, but now also comes as a preconfigured virtual appliance that can be dropped onto a VMware ESX server. Dubbed Virtual HyperIP for VMware, the company says the software speeds Transmission Control Protocol-based data transmissions by two to 20 times, depending on underlying network infrastructure and can help IT shops reduce the amount of bandwidth they need for long-distance replication or backup. Pricing for Virtual HyperIP for VMware starts at $1,800.