CommVault, Veeam backup support vSphere 4.1: News in brief

DataCore user boots EMC for Hyper-V storage; Akorri intros 30-day free trial; NetEx claims to boost Hyper-V Live Migration; partnerships tackle virtual server data protection, security.

CommVault, Veeam announce vSphere 4.1 data backup support
CommVault's Simpana software is certified as VMware Ready for VMware vSphere 4.1; CommVault also integrated its software with VMware's vStorage APIs for Data Protection, enabling centralized, off-host, LAN-free backups of vSphere virtual machines (VMs). CommVault's Simpana software's Universal Virtual Server Agent is also integrated with VMware to provide auto-discovery, auto-inclusion, and auto-protection of VMs in the backup schedule.

Veeam, meanwhile, integrated with the vStorage APIs last year, and now supports vSphere 4.1 in its Veeam Monitor 5.0, with all Veeam products to follow by the end of this quarter, the company said. Veeam Monitor offers real-time troubleshooting and tuning of VMware environments; a beta version of Monitor 5.0 is available for download.

New partnerships tackle virtual server data protection, security
ToutVirtual signed an original equipment manufacturer agreement with Symantec Corporation to add Symantec's Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) to the next release of ToutVirtual's VirtualIQ Pro, an automation suite for virtual server lifecycle management. With the addition of Symantec's BESR, VirtualIQ Pro will now also offer business continuity and disaster recovery; application-aware software agents; heterogeneous disaster recovery support; and physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual migrations.

Meanwhile, security and compliance software vendor Catbird and policy management and access control software maker HyTrust, Inc. integrated the HyTrust Appliance with Catbird's vSecurity. HyTrust creates an audit trail for virtualization administration operations and enforces host configurations, while Catbird responds to network events and attacks, and enforces VM configurations.

SPEC releases server virtualization benchmark
The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) released SPECvirt_sc2010, a benchmark to measure the performance of servers used for virtualized server consolidation. The new benchmark also includes options for measuring power consumption and power/performance relationships. SPECvirt_sc2010 provides an overall workload based on commonly virtualized applications. Workloads of various sizes are performed at different time periods during the benchmark run, and users can test scale by increasing number of running VMs (called "tiles") until the overall throughput reaches a peak or workloads fail to meet required quality of service criteria.

Akorri intros 30-day free trial
Infrastructure performance and capacity management software maker Akorri is offering a 30-day free trial for its BalancePoint product. The tool provides topology mapping, health reporting and user-selected 'baseline' profiles for policy-based, service-level management. Akorri also provides free, 24/7 customer support during the trial.

NetEx claims HyperIP virtual appliance boosts Hyper-V Live Migration
A recent lab validation report commissioned by NetEx from DeepStorage.net showed NetEx HyperIP boosting Hyper-V Live Migration speed across emulated WAN links by as much as 16X. NetEx says the software can assist in migrating running virtual servers between data centers and remote offices for disaster recovery, without the need for dedicated, high-bandwidth, low-latency connections.

DataCore user boots EMC for Hyper-V storage support Potomac, Md.-based Total Wine & More uses DataCore SANsymphony storage virtualization software to support a Hyper-V virtual server environment, according to a DataCore press release at this week's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. An EMC storage area network that was already deployed in its data center with DataCore storage virtualization software was running out of capacity and experiencing decreased performance. The data pool managed by DataCore now totals 10 TB; Total Wine's data center in Maryland is approximately 50% virtualized with Hyper-V.

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