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Oracle rolls out VirtualBox 4.0: News in brief

Beth Pariseau

Oracle rolls out VirtualBox 4.0
Late last month, Oracle Corp unveiled version 4.0 of its VirtualBox software, which allows desktop or laptop computers to install and run multiple guest operating systems and is often used in home virtualization labs. The new version allows community developers to create extensions with a new open source architecture; enables users to view more virtual displays simultaneously; adds a new asynchronous I/O model for networked iSCSI and local storage;  includes new support for Open Virtualization Format virtual appliances and updates supported PCI Express chipsets.

Embotics adds policy-based virtualization management with V-Commander 3.7
Embotics Corp. has rolled out a new version of its V-Commander virtualization management software suite that adds policy-based enforcement of compliance rules through a self-service portal. With the new version, administrators can track who tries to provision virtual machines (VMs), whether anyone tries to bypass IT, and whether new self-service VMs meet policies. 

The software can also shut down VMs created by ”rogue” users. V-Commander 3.7 also reorganizes the graphical users interface into different views customized for different organizational stakeholders and includes a Virtual Infrastructure Client (VIC) plugin for vCenter that enables VMware administrators to manage V-Commander through a central interface. 

Citrix invests

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in GlassHouse, supports Hyper-V with NetScaler
Citrix Systems Inc. said Tuesday that it made an undisclosed investment in GlassHouse Technologies Inc., a technology consulting firm. GlassHouse says it will file for an IPO soon, which it has been working toward for several years. Dell Inc. has also invested in GlassHouse.

The Citrix Glasshouse investment comes on the heels of news that  Citrix’sNetScaler virtual appliance can now run on Hyper-V virtual servers and can be installed with Hyper-V Manager.

PHD Virtual reports record sales growth for virtualization backup software
Privately-held virtualization backup software startup PHD Virtual Technologies let slip some financial details of its final two quarters of 2010. According to a press release from the company Wednesday, total bookings increased 57% in the third quarter and 70% in the fourth quarter as compared with the time frames in 2009. PHD also said that it increased its customer count 30%, though didn’t provide an exact head count of current customers. 

In the fourth quarter, PHD released a new version of its VMware backup product, which contributed more than a quarter of the company’s bookings in the fourth quarter. After releasing its first Citrix-compatible product in September, the company said it added 200 new customers based on that integration.

Storage vendors tout virtualization customer wins
DataCore Software Corp. claimed a Swiss hospital saved 30% in operational costs and 15% in deferred hardware purchases when it chose DataCore’s storage virtualization software for a 20-host Hyper-V environment. Elsewhere, Compellent Technologies Inc. said Appleby Global and Cross Country Home Services had selected its Storage Center storage area network (SAN) products for use in virtual environments, citing Compellent’s built-in replication and disaster recovery features.

ISVs announce VMware partnerships, stamps of approval
CTXM, an online casino and gaming software maker, said Wednesday it will partnering with VMware to offer its customers cloud installations and virtualized desktops with the promise of improved security and availability of payment data online.

Elsewhere, InforTrend Corp.’s ESVA E60-2230 storage system and Exar Corp.’s BitWackr for SAN primary storage data reduction software have been granted “VMware Ready Program” status, and  power protection equipment manufacturer Tripp Lite said its PowerAlert Network Shutdown Agent (PANSA) and PowerAlert Local (PAL) programs are now VMware-compatible.

Beth Pariseau is a senior news writer for SearchServerVirtualization.com. Write to her at bpariseau@techtarget.com.


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