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VMware VMsafe rears its head: News in brief

In today's news in brief, Reflex Systems' new vTrust is an early example of a security product based on VMware's new VMsafe application programming interface.

Reflex Systems builds on VMsafe APIs
The first products to use VMware's VMsafe application programming interfaces, or APIs, included in vSphere 4 have begun to appear. Reflex Systems' vTrust augments the company's existing Reflex Virtualization Management Center (VMC), which provides dynamic policy enforcement of virtual assets, classification, virtual trust zones, dynamic network control, and adaptive roaming policies that move with virtual assets, the company said.

VTrust also introduces the notion of virtual metatagging (vmTags) and the Virtualization Query Language (VQL) for defining policies and doing ad hoc queries of the underlying infrastructure. VTrust also provides network segmentation, and can quarantine rogue or unauthorized virtual machines.

VTrust is available to customers running Reflex VMC and VMware vSphere 4 and will be available when vSphere 4 ships this quarter.

Peak 10 launches virtual DR service
Web hosting provider Peak 10 launched VirtualDR, a virtualization-based disaster recovery service, including full, differential or hybrid backups of customer-owned or hosted virtual machines to dissimilar hardware.

The service is available at Peak 10's nine data centers in Cincinnati, Ohio; Atlanta.; Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn..; Louisville, Ky.; and Richmond, Va.

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