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IBM delves into VMware security: News in brief

Working with VMware VMsafe application programming interfaces, IBM announced Virtual Server Security for vSphere, and other virtualization product news.

IBM tackles security of virtualized environments

IBM threw its hat in to the virtual security ring last week with Virtual Server Security (VSS) for VMware vSphere. Integrated with VMware's VMsafe application programming interfaces, IBM VSS provides virtual network access control, rootkit detection and prevention, virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting, and autodiscovery and virtual network segmentation. IBM VSS will be generally available in December, the company said.

StorMagic promos synchronous mirroring for virtual SAN
For a limited time, StorMagic is offering a free 30-day trial of its SvSAN High Availability (HA) Kit, software, which enables synchronous mirroring between two StorMagic virtual SANs.

The StorMagic SvSAN creates a virtual storage area network from locally attached disk drives in a server. By performing synchronous mirroring between two SvSANs, it promises that IT administrators will not lose access to their data if one server goes down. In addition, enabling synchronous mirroring with the HA Kit allows users to enable features such as VMware VMotion, High Availability, and Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). SvSAN is free up to 2 TB. After a 30-day trial, the SvSAN HA Kit retails for $995 per node.

Zenoss Enterprise 2.5 monitors Amazon EC2
Zenoss Version 2.5 Enterprise Suite can monitor and manage workloads running in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) cloud, the company said this week. Specifically, Zenoss Enterprise edition provides dynamic snapshots of the individual and collective performance of the EC2 instances within an account. It can also immediately track performance without user intervention and drill down into performance issues with "inside-the-instance" monitoring, the company said.

Other Zenoss Enterprise 2.5 features include a redesigned agentless distributed collector architecture including non-root installs, an updated event console, enhanced security, and VMware Ready support in the form of certification and integration with VMware vSphere.

ActiveBatch workload scheduler brings VMware in to the fold
Workload automation vendor ActiveBatch now offers a VMware Extension for its ActiveBatch Job Scheduler, in addition to existing support for Windows, Linux, Unix, z/OS and OpenVMS. The extension includes a set of preconfigured job steps, enabling administrators to initiate actions such as power up, power down, or reboot a virtual machine from a drag-and-drop interface, without having to use the command line or write scripts. More information about ActiveBatch can be found at

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