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Search feature added to VMware VI Client: News in brief

In today's news in brief, the new plug-in for the VMware VI Client adds search functionality, and Amazon adds a new pricing option for EC2 instances.

Add search to VMware's VI Client
VMware plug-in king Andrew Kutz, now of Hyper9, has released an experimental search plug-in for VMware's VI 3.x Client. The interactive search bar, which emulates functionality that will be included in the next version of VMware Virtual Infrastructure ("VI4"), allows administrators to quickly search for hosts, VMs, clusters, data stores, resource pools, and networks using exact or partial matches. The plug-in is free and can be downloaded here.

Amazon drops EC2 price with up-front commitment
Amazon has a new pricing model for users of its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) pay-as-you go cloud computing offering. Called Reserved Instances, customers pay an up-front fee and are guaranteed the ability to launch EC2 instances for a period of one or three years. In addition, Amazon will also drop its hourly usage rate, amortizing the cost of the up-front fee. In a blog describing the offering, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that the new pricing model was inspired by enterprise customers that want to use EC2 for disaster recovery.

Cisco "California" announcement is on
Get ready to exhale. On Monday, Cisco Systems will hold a webcast to announce technology based on its "Unified Computing" architecture, which promises to be its integrated blade server, networking and VMware virtualization platform code-named California. Meanwhile, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz posted a series of videos on his blog, which blogger Scott Lowe took as a sign that Sun plans to take on Cisco in the networking space.

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