HP plug-in for vCenter simplifies data center management: News in brief

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server manages physical and virtual environments through vCenter console; Symantec backup products achieve VMware Ready Data Protection status; Altor VF is VMsafe certified.

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server manages physical and virtual infrastructures through vCenter console
At VMworld 2009, Hewlett-Packard and VMware announced the first-of-its-kind HP Insight Control plug-in for VMware vCenter Server, which allows users to manage both physical and virtual infrastructures through the vCenter console.

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server enables admins to identify hardware issues without switching between consoles. If HP tools detect a problem an alarm is sent through the vCenter Console and the server is put in maintenance mode, while the VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler moves the virtualized workload to another host. The plug-in also offers remote management and troubleshooting as well as intelligent power management with VMware Distributed Power Management and HP Insight Control.

"The new HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server combines two industry-leading management solutions to offer customers the best of both worlds through 'single-pane-of-glass' infrastructure management," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president and general manager, Server Business Unit, VMware.

HP can be found at booth 2032 at VMworld 2009; VMware at booth 1809.

Symantec backup products receive VMware Ready Data Protection status
This week at VMworld, Symantec Corp. announced that its Backup Exec, NetBackup and Net Backup PureDisk data protection products have achieved VMware Ready Data Protection status, making Symantec among the first vendors to obtain that classification. VMware Ready Data Protection status signifies successful integration and proven compatibility with VMware vSphere 4.

The VMware Ready Data Protection status indicates to customers that there is less risk and lower integration costs when choosing Symantec data protection products for vSphere 4.

"The current relationship between VMware and Symantec is strengthened through Symantec's participation in the VMware Ready Data Protection program and the successful integration of our solutions is a testament to our companies' commitment to helping customers better protect mission-critical data," said VMware's Parag Patel, vice president, alliances.

Backup Exec and NetBackup use patent-pending Granual Recovery Technology to create a single-pass image backup of guest VMs, allowing users to recover anything from individual virtual disk files, files and folders within the virtual disk file, or the entire VM. Symantec also offers its deduplication technology in NetBackup and will make it available in Backup Exec this year.

Symantec Corp. can be found at booth 2110 at VMworld 2009.

Altor Virtual Firewall receives VMsafe certification
At VMworld 2009 in San Francisco, virtualization security provider Altor Networks announced that its Virtual Firewall (VF) product is now VMware VMSafe certified.

"This certification represents a substantive development and testing regimen to ensure that the Altor VF meets and exceeds VMware's interoperability and security requirements," said Amir Ben-Efraim, CEO of Altor Networks. "Customers can secure their VMs confident that Altor is not only the best VM traffic control and protection solution, but also verified robust and scalable."

Security inspections with Altor VF are processed in the hypervisor kernel, providing reliable security for mission-critical applications and up to 20 times greater performance than virtual firewalls that run as VM appliances. Altor VF offers support for VMotion, vCenter integration, on-board Intrusion Detection System with security-signature update service and support for top data center infrastructure technologies.

Altor Networks can be found at booth 2415 at VMworld 2009.

Check out the rest of our VMworld 2009 coverage for more product information.

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