Vizioncore is venturing into the automation space with a new product called vControl. Administrators with virtual environments of at least 10 hosts can use vControl to script repetitive tasks across multiple hypervisor platforms. It also provides a Web-based self-service portal tied into a workflow approval engine.
VControl is based on PowerShell and can perform actions on virtual machines running VMware ESX/ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and Sun Solaris Containers (or Zones). Scripts can be generated using its Virtualization EcoShell Initiative (VESI) graphical user interface and deployed across a grid for scalability. Pricing is set at $399 per managed socket and is offered free to value-added resellers and consultants working on a project.PHD Virtual esXpress 3.5 backup software gets easier setup
PHD Virtual Technologies' esXpress backup software is now easier to set up, the company said. Released on Monday, version 3.5 features a "multi-user global deployment and configuration application" that automatically configures esXpress virtual backup appliances when they are downloaded. Previous versions had to be configured using a Linux command-line interface. The new edition also includes a deduplication engine that can reduce the amount of data stored by a ratio of 25:1, the company claimed. The new esXpress 3.5 starts at $1,000 and will allow up to four backup streams to run on a host concurrently.
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