VMworld product blitz: News in brief

The week before VMworld 2009, announcements of new virtualization products come fast and furious.

Veeam promises shorter backup window
Veeam this week announced version 4.0 of Veeam Backup, with full support for VMware vSphere 4, including the new vStorage application programming interface. Specifically, Veeam Backup 4.0 consumes less disk space with support for thin disk provisioning, improves backup times with support for change block tracking, and can back up entire IT services with vApp support. In addition, Veeam Backup 4.0 introduces its new Enterprise Management Server, an administrative console that automates installation and management of the software throughout an organization, and acts as a central point of control, monitoring and reporting. Veeam Backup 4.0 will be available in October.

Manage VMware from your mobile device:Free for VMworld attendees
With VMworld 2009 right around the corner, Hyper9 is offering attendees a free version of its Virtualization Mobile Manager (VMM) that can manage up to 1,000 virtual machines from an Apple iPhone, BlackBerry, Google Android or Windows Mobile device. VMM allows administrators to monitor host and VM performance, as well as perform VM actions.

SCO OpenServer 5.0.7 supported as a VMware VM
The SCO Group is now offering a version of its legacy OpenServer 5.0.7 operating system that is optimized to run as a VMware guest. OpenServer 5.0.7V is shipped as a virtual appliance and is compatible with VMware ESX 3.5, ESXi and VMware Workstation 6.5.2. The company said it also plans to ship virtual appliances of its OpenServer 6 and UnixWare 7.1.4 operating systems.

Surgient updates lab management suite
The new release of Surgient's Virtual Automation Platform adds support for VMware vSphere 4 and expanded integration with VMware vCenter and VMotion. Surgient version 7 also supports the Server Automation and Network Automation components of HP Operations Orchestration suite, allowing administrators to provision virtual infrastructure using existing script-based automation tools, as well as jointly manage physical and virtual servers. New management options allow servers to be dynamically added and removed from a cluster, while tighter integration with Active Directory and LDAP speed user authentication. The Surgient platform starts at $25,000 and will be generally available by the end of 2009.

VMLogix updates LabManager with vSphere, Hyper-V R2
VMLogix LabManager 3.8 can now manage lab environments running in heterogeneous environments, including VMware vSphere 4 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Support for VMware vCenter Server enables LabManager to use features like VMotion, Distributed Resource Schedulder, High Availability and resource pools. and In addition, the new release adds network policy configurations and deployment within IP zones across multiple virtual hosts, the company said. The product is generally available.

Akorri delves deeper in to virtual infrastructure performance
Akorri's newly shipping BalancePoint 3.0 virtual infrastructure management software adds richer virtual machine and storage analysis, broader interoperability, and user interface improvements, the company said. New in the release are support for VMware vSphere 4 as well as both Microsoft and VMware clusters. BalancePoint can now also perform a virtual resource entitlement analysis, to identify capacity and configuration issues, and creates a VM performance index to baseline server performance as it migrates from physical hardware to a virtual machine. The new version also offers deeper performance analysis of Fibre Channel storage area network switches, and new support for 3PAR InServ storage arrays.

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

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