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F5 Networks adds vSphere, vCenter integration: News in brief

In today's news in brief, F5's BIG-IP appliances add VMware's vSphere 4 and vCenter support, and more.

F5 Networks adds vSphere, vCenter integration
F5 Networks' BIG-IP appliances now integrate with VMware's vSphere 4 and vCenter Server.

The BIG-IP line offers high availability, application security and access control, and other features. Announced this week, the new integration with vSphere and vCenter Server will help customers manage virtual environments and automate more application-delivery processes, F5 said.

BIG-IP integrates with vCenter Server through its open application programming interface, iControl, and enables users to more easily configure networks to respond to changes in the virtual environment, F5 said.

Virtualize on a Lenovo tower server
Lenovo is best known for picking up the ThinkPad brand where IBM left off. These days, though, the company is venturing into the small-business server market, with new tower and rackmount models designed to run virtualization software.

Featuring Intel Xeon 5500 processors, Lenovo's latest TD200 and TD200x tower servers and RD210 and RD220 rackmount servers pack some serious processing punch. They feature dual cores, up to 128 GB of DDR3 memory and up to 16 hard drives. They are certified for virtualization software from VMware, Microsoft, Novell and Red Hat. Select models comply with the new Energy Star server specification and include Lenovo's Integrated Management Module (IMM) for remote server access. Pricing begins at $1,699 for the rackmount RD line and at $2,699 for the tower TD200x.

ASG adds virtualization management to Business Service Portfolio
Building on its Business Service Portfolio (BSP) suite, ASG Software Solutions this week introduced BSP Virtualization Management, which performs real time performance monitoring, reporting capacity planning and root-cause analysis of virtual and physical IT environments. ASG's BSP Virtualization Management can be deployed as a standalone product or as a component of ASG's BSP Enterprise Performance Management, which monitors the entire IT environment, including mainframe, distributed, and virtualized systems, databases and applications.

VirtualBox 3.0 now available
Less than two weeks after Sun Microsystems announced the xVM VirtualBox 3.0 beta, it is now generally available. Highlights of the release include support for symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) guests and improved graphics support. The host-based virtualization platform runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports any number of OSes as guests. The Web site has a complete list of features and updates.

Let us know what you think about the story; email: Alex Barrett, News Director.

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