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VMware vCloud partners go live: News in brief

Savvis and CloudShare, longtime vCloud supporters, launch VMware-based cloud services.

VMware vCloud partners go live
Two longtime VMware vCloud partners are going live with new cloud services. Savvis, which jumped on the VMware vCloud bandwagon when it debuted at VMworld 2008, said that it will use the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switch as part of its new Symphony offering. Symphony is a private cloud/infrastructure as a service offering based on VMware virtualization. Cisco UCS is a combined x86 server and networking platform that is tightly integrated with VMware vSphere. Savvis was an original Cisco UCS beta tester.

CloudShare, meanwhile, emerged from stealth this week, shedding its old "IT Structures" moniker. The company first appeared on the vCloud scene at VMworld Europe last February, when it appeared on stage alongside VMware CEO Paul Maritz to show off the VMware vCloud application programming interfaces. The three-year-old Israeli company claims more than 100 customers -- including VMware itself, Cisco and SAP -- and is also touting a new integration with software-as-a-service leader that can automatically generate demo environments in the cloud from the sales management application.

Chelsio segments 10GbE adapters for vSphere users
A new free software driver is now available to users of Chelsio Communications 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Unified Wire adapters. The driver will allow the adapter to be partitioned into eight virtual Gigabit adapters in VMware environments.

That way, administrators can segment the various kinds of network traffic seen in virtual environments (virtual machine I/O, storage area network/network-attached storage traffic, VMotion, and console management) onto separate virtual adapters, while benefiting from improved I/O performance and hardware cost savings of using a single 10GbE link.

The Virtual Multi-port Software driver runs on all Chelsio's N and S class adapters, and is available free to VMware vSphere 4 users.

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