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Open Virtualization Alliance adds members: News in brief

The OVA has grown to more than 200 members, NASA adopts Vblock, VMware Labs presents a new fling called VPT, and more news in brief.

Open Virtualization Alliance adds members
The Open Virtualization Alliance said this week that it has added 134 new members since June. The group, which promotes the open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), has doubled its membership since it was first launched in June to a total of more than 200 companies. New members include Acronis, Broadcom, CA, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Joyent, NEC, NetApp, Quest Software, VKernel, Xsigo and Zenoss.

NASA adopts Vblock
NASA has updated its disaster recovery plan for SAP and other applications at its Enterprise Application Competency Center (NEACC) using Vblock from the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition. NASA's previous disaster recovery system for its NEACC applications included backing up data from its Marshall Space Flight Center to tape and manually transporting those tapes to an outsourced location, a process that could take up to four days. The new Vblock includes VMware Site Recovery Manager for mirroring and replicating data online.

Dell unveils SMB virtualization bundle for VMware, Hyper-V
Dell added the vStart 50 to its vStart converged infrastructure product line, a pre-tested and pre-configured IT equipment bundle aimed at SMBs. The vStart 50 includes a half-rack configuration with two or three rack-mounted servers, 7 TB of Dell EqualLogic SAN storage and two pairs of PowerConnect switches. The bundles, which will be available for sale in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 20, will be sold in two versions -- vStart 50m with support for Microsoft Hyper-V, and vStart 50v with support for VMware ESXi.

VMware Labs presents VPT fling
This week, VMware Labs released VMware Permissions Tool (VPT), an experimental command-line tool that allows vCenter users to get an inventory of roles and permissions available in their virtual infrastructure. VPT lists group membership for each person or account, or principal, in a given security domain; a list of roles with privileges associated with each role; and all permissions assigned to a principal.

SANRAD VXL software accelerates virtual machines
Storage vendor SANRAD launched VXL software, which it says will enhance storage performance in server virtualization environments through a Flash caching algorithm. Once a user deploys VXL as a virtual appliance on the host server, it automatically distributes Flash resources to boost performance of tier-one applications such as SQL Server or Exchange. The software also supports VMware vMotion, cache migration, high availability and data mirroring.

Beth Pariseau is a senior news writer for Write to her at

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