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New I/O virtualization switch uses PCI Express

VirtenSys' new I/O switch claims to be the first to market with an I/O virtualization product using PCI Express, and other news in brief.

New I/O virtualization switch uses PCI Express
VirtenSys introduced preproduction units of its I/O Virtualization (IOV) Switch that use the PCI Express bus. VirtenSys claims to be the first to market with an I/O virtualization product using PCI Express, which most servers use today.

By virtualizing I/O, data center configuration and management becomes a remote, automated procedure, and I/O can be quickly reconfigured or added as needed, eliminating bottlenecks, according to the Beaverton, Ore.-based company.

PCI Express' IOV Switches are available for both rackmount and blade server form factors. Production units are expected to be available in the next six to nine months. Products are being demonstrated at VMworld Europe this week.

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat protects, monitors vCenter
VMware's new vCenter Server Heartbeat monitors and manages automatic failover of VMware vCenter Server.

As reported vCenter Server HeartbeatVMware vCenter Server Heartbeat, licensed from Neverfail, protects the VMware vCenter Server from downtime by replicating server configurations and data to a passive standby server, according to VMware.

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat proactively monitors vCenter Server connectivity and components, including the license server and VMware vCenter Update Manager, and can restart the entire vCenter Server on a passive server, the company said. It also continuously monitors the VMware vCenter Server, database and all service components and provides replication and failover of VMware vCenter Server across a LAN to another server in a data center, or across a WAN to a remote data center.

The product will be available in March for $9,995 per protected VMware vCenter Server instance if purchased separately from the VMware vCenter Server license, or for $12,995 when bundled with a VMware vCenter Server license.

VMware, Fujitsu promise überquality SAP service 
Fujitsu Siemens Computers and VMware announced a joint solution that they say guarantees high quality of service for SAP applications.

The new version of FlexFrame for SAP contains VMware Infrastructure, physical and virtual datacenter infrastructure, virtualized network and storage components, and services within a single solution.

By assigning physical or virtualized servers to SAP applications on demand, FlexFrame for SAP ensures that compute resources are allocated correctly, which improves quality of service, according to VMware, Inc. FlexFrame also automatically restarts applications on both virtual and physical systems in the event of hardware failure and monitors all the SAP application components to trigger automated recovery actions should an application fail, the two companies reported.

FlexFrame for SAP pre-integrated with VMware Infrastructure 3 is available immediately from Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

Check out the rest of our VMworld Europe news coverage.

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