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VMware, to team up on cloud computing: News in brief

VMware and have teamed up to deliver a cloud computing offering.

VMware, promise joint product
VMware Inc. and will deliver a joint product focused "on the future of cloud computing."

On Monday, the two companies launched a new website and will hold a joint webcast on April 27 to discuss the new offering.

Details on the joint product are nearly nonexistent, but speculation runs rampant. The virtualization and customer relationship management vendors could be poised to deliver a new class of application, such as desktop virtualization, or hosted email based on VMware's recent Zimbra acquisition.

The two companies may also have plans to jump on the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) bandwagon with an offering similar to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). A joint VMware-Salesforce IaaS offering would be bolstered by VMware forays into the Java application development market with its previous purchase of SpringSource.

Finally, VMforce could end up being shorthand for something as pedestrian as's existing hosted application running on VMware's vSphere infrastructure.

VMware CEO Paul Maritz and CEO Marc Benioff will lead the webcast, which can be viewed by registered attendees at

Xen 4.0 generally available
A new version of the Xen open source hypervisor that underlies virtualization offerings from Oracle Corp., Novell Inc., and Citrix Systems Inc., is now available for download.

Highlights of the new Xen 4.0 release include support for the Virtual Hard Disk format, including high-performance snapshots and clones; enhanced networking with support for new "smart NICs" with multiqueue and SR-IOV functionality; fault tolerance providing live transactional synchronization of running virtual machines. Also new are memory enhancements including support for page sharing of identical memory pages, and "Transcendent Memory": a feature that allows spare hypervisor RAM to be used for accelerating guest VM paging and block caching.

VM6 secures financing

Canadian virtualization startup VM6 Software Inc. secured $4 million in financing from RBC Venture Partners and Ignition Partners. The money will be used to further VM6's delivery of all-in-one virtualization appliances for small and medium-sized business and branch offices.

VM6's flagship product, VMex was launched in February, and consists of two servers running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 in an active-active cluster, a virtual SAN, and high-availability and management software.

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