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VMware touts green benefits of virtualization: News in brief

In today's news in brief, VMware's green data center initiatives create estimated energy savings of 105 billion kWh; Ixia offers virtual network and application testing software.

VMware touts green benefits of virtualization
VMware's "green" initiatives resulted in an estimated energy savings of 105 billion kWh, or roughly $11.6 billion in power savings, the company said Wednesday.

Most desktops and servers today are in use only 8% to 15% of the time they are turned on, but consume 60% to 90% of the normal workload power even when idle. By consolidating systems using virtualization, enterprises and governments reduce their energy costs and consumption by as much as 80%, according to VMware.

Due out in the second quarter of 2009, VMware vSphere has additional resource and memory management features that enable consolidation ratios of 15:1 or more, and can power off unnecessary servers, which increase hardware utilization to as much as 85%, VMware reported.

In addition, VMware works with more than 40 utility companies to offer financial incentives for virtualization projects in data centers.

Ixia offers virtual network and application testing tools
IP performance testing company Ixia expanded into virtual network and virtualization testing, the company reported on Wednesday.

The new IxVM product suite allows IT managers to assess virtual infrastructure performance and capacity. The IxVM products test Layer 2/3 of virtual network resources and Layer 4 through Layer 7 of virtual applications.

IxVM allows performance testing of thousands of VMs simultaneously with real-world application traffic; testing of VM migration; tuning of virtual resources such as servers and network interface cards; measurement of performance indicators like delay, jitter or packet loss through virtual switches; and testing of network performance variances when running applications over different operating systems.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Bridget Botelho, News Writer.

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