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Free tool checks VMware servers for VMotion compatibility: News in brief

VMware admins have a raft of new management tools at their disposal, including tools to check ESX servers for VMotion compatibility, monitor system performance and secure intra-VM network traffic.

Tripwire OpsCheck checks ESX servers for 'VMotion-ability'
A new free utility from Tripwire could help VMware administrators determine whether they can use VMotion to do live migration of virtual machines (VMs) between ESX hosts. Called OpsCheck, the tool considers elements such as CPU levels, BIOS settings and data stores and can check up to 10 ESX servers. The OpsCheck tool is available for download on Tripwire Inc.'s new site, where visitors can also get the company's free ConfigCheck tool, which checks an ESX host against VMware's security-hardening guidelines.

Vizioncore adds chargeback, third-party integration to monitoring tool
Vizioncore upgraded its vFoglight virtualization performance monitoring tool and packaged it in two editions. The vFoglight Standard (SE) edition monitors the performance of VMware ESX and virtual machines and is priced at $499 per server socket. The new vFoglight Pro builds on the base package and adds chargeback, physical OS monitoring, and failover of its management console; the ability to federate data from multiple environments into a single console; and the ability to send and receive alerts to and from third-party management tools. The vFoglight Pro edition lists for $699 per socket but is $499 through the end of March. Both editions support Windows Server 2000 (SP4) and Windows Server 2003 32/64 (SP1/SP2) across VMware environments.

Altor updates virtualization-aware firewall
Altor Networks released version 2.0 of Altor VF, firewall software that enforces security between virtual machines. Implemented as a virtual appliance, the new Altor VF provides greater visibility into and control of virtual network traffic, the company reported. With the VM software, data center administrators can pinpoint virtual security compromises and create role-based security policies, while policies can be continuously enforced on individual VMs. Altor VF 2.0 is available now, and pricing starts at $2,000.

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