VMware, EMC Ionix deal targets systems management

The acquisition of some EMC Ionix assets will give a systems management boost to VMware. EMC sold the products to VMware for $200 million.

Some EMC Ionix systems management products are now part of the VMware family.

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VMware has acquired four EMC Ionix systems management titles from its parent company for $200 million: Server Configuration Manager, FastScale, Application Discovery Manager and Service Manager. The acquisition will bolster VMware vCenter and bring it into competition with systems management software from Hewlett-Packard, CA, BMC Software and IBM.

Get all the news on the VMware-EMC Ionix acquisition in this edition of This Week in Virtualization. There's also news on a new VKernel tool for capacity management and memory problems with new x86 processors.

The new VKernel tool, VKernel Capacity Manager, is available for free for VMware environments. It monitors for capacity-related performance problems, new virtual machine (VM) deployments and overprovisioned VMs.

And the memory management features in new x86 processors are causing some problems in virtual environments, according to SearchDataCenter.com. For example, VMware's memory deduplication feature, transparent page sharing, does not display the proper amount of RAM allocated to a virtual machine when running on Intel's Nehalem series processors.

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This was first published in March 2010

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