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Iomega, VMware team up for PC backup: News in brief

Iomega has released VMware-based backup software, and NetEx adds Hyper-V support to HyperIP.

Iomega taps VMware for PC backup
Working with VMware, EMC subsidiary Iomega announced v.Clone on Tuesday. The software turns a PC in to a virtual machine (VM) on an external hard drive. Users can access the cloned image from another PC, use it as backup, or leverage it for PC upgrade or maintenance tasks.

Announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, v.Clone uses several VMware technologies: The clone is created with VMware physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration technology, while VMware mounter software allows users to browse the image, and VMware Player allows them to run a VM from another PC, said Eric Ullman, the director of software product management at EMC's Consumer and Small Business Products Division.

The v.Clone software syncs the cloned VM with the primary PC using Microsoft VSS technology, or with Iomega's near-real-time syncing software. Changes made to the clone can be synched back to the original PC when the hard drive is reconnected. The software will be available later this month as a free download for owners of Iomega external hard drives, including the eGo and Prestige lines. The software will also begin shipping pre-installed on Iomega USB 2.0 drives in the coming quarter.

NetEx pledges Hyper-V support for HyperIP
The next release of HyperIP, WAN acceleration software from NetEx, will support Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization environment, in addition to VMware ESX Server. HyperIP software optimizes long-distance data transmissions over TCP/IP networks, supporting speeds of up to 800 Mbps. In virtual environments, the software accelerates live migrations and in support of backup and disaster recovery. The product is available for a free 10-day trial from the NetEx Web site and costs $2,000.

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