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Twitter, meet VMware's VI Client: News in brief

In today's news in brief, for Twitter and Netutive SI users, integrating with VMware is the name of the game.

Access Twitter from VMware's VI Client
Spend a lot of time between Twitter and VMware's VI Client? Eric Sloof, the blogger behind NTPRO.NL, has created a plug-in for VMware's management console, eliminating the need to go back and forth between interfaces to chat with fellow Tweeters. Based on XML, the plug-in can be downloaded here.

Netuitive SI peers deeper into the VMware stack
Netuitive SI, a "self-learning" systems monitoring tool, can now see deeper into VMware virtualization environments. It can now detect VMware data stores, clusters and resource pools in addition to virtual machines (VMs) and hosts. Visibility into virtual environments is now included as part of the base Netuitive SI package as well; previously it came as an optional add-on.

The latest version also includes the new Total Health Index metric, which gives administrators a quick view of the overall health of their environments, including hosts, networks, storage and applications.

More tools for free VMware ESXi
Hot on the heels of Veeam Backup 3.0, which was released last month and added support for the free version of VMware ESXi, Veeam has released version 3.0 of its free FastSCP tool, which supports all the VMware ESX editions. Used to copy virtual machines between VMware hosts, FastSCP performs copies faster than other SCP-based tools, and it features a drag-and-drop console that removes the need to re-enter login and password information, the company said.

Other features of FastSCP 3.0 include real-time or scheduled file and VM copying, status notification by email, bulk storage copying for data center migrations ,moves and a built-in file editor for managing ESX and Linux configuration files. It also offers traffic compression and removal of empty blocks for greater network efficiency, disk space pre-allocation to prevent file fragmentation, automated "sudo" functionality for ESX and Linux hosts, and an improved interface. Veeam FastSCP 3.0 is integrated with Veeam Backup & Replication and can be downloaded free of charge here.

Virtualization catching on at SMBs, Forrester says
Analyst firm Forrester Research Inc. released data that shows that virtualization is just as prevalent at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) as it is in enterprises. According to a recent survey, 53% of SMBs have already implemented x86 server virtualization or will do so within the next 12 months, compared with 54% of enterprises. But by and large, they're implementing virtualization in-house rather than with a hosting provider. Forrester found that 8% of enterprises have already implemented pay-per-use-hosting of virtual servers, or will do so within the next 12 months, compared with 4% of SMBs.

Let us know what you think about the story; email: Alex Barrett, News Director. And check out our Server Virtualization blog.

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