Citrix gives away barebones Essentials for Hyper-V: News in brief

A free version of Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V means easier SAN integration. Read all about it, plus Trend Micro's use of VMsafe APIs and more, in these news briefs.

Free version of Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V simplifies storage integration

Perhaps free wasn't free enough. Microsoft Hyper-V, which comes bundled with Windows Server 2008, can now be augmented with a free Express Edition of Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V. Essentials for Hyper-V provides simpler storage integration to iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage area networks using Citrix's StorageLink technology. Previously, StorageLink for Hyper-V was only available as part of Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V Enterprise and Platinum Editions.

The Express Edition of Citrix Essentials supports up to two Hyper-V servers and one storage array, and organizations can easily upgrade to the Enterprise or Platinum editions. Listed at $1,500 and $3,000 per server, respectively, the Enterprise and Platinum editions add dynamic server provisioning, automated lab management, automated stage management and workflow orchestration.

Trend Micro anti-malware software taps into VMsafe APIs

Content security software maker Trend Micro announced this week a new anti-malware solution that integrates with the VMware VMsafe APIs. Trend Micro Core Protection for Virtual Machines performs scanning and pattern updates from a dedicated virtual machine, making it possible to protect both active and dormant guests and reducing performance overhead in individual VMs. Trend Micro Core Protection for Virtual Machines will be generally available this August as a standalone offering or as part of the OSCE X Advanced Suite, and later this fall as part of a new Virtualization Security suite that will include intrusion detection and prevention technology from Trend Micro's Third Brigade acquisition.

Recover wasted VM storage with VKernel Wastefinder

VKernel's latest applet, Wastefinder is now in beta and can help VMware administrators recover wasted storage space resulting from unused snapshots, orphaned VM images and zombie VMs. Wastefinder can help recover and reuse as much as 20% of an environment's storage capacity, the company said.

Also included in the beta are two new applets: Rightsizer, for optimizing virtual machine CPU, storage and memory consumption, and Inventory, for quickly identifying and cataloging all of the VMs in an environment. VMware users interested in participating in the beta can download a free trial.

Let us know what you think about the story; email: Alex Barrett, News Director.

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