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Platespin bolsters Linux support: News in brief

Novell's PlateSpin ups Linux management game; VizionCore slims down vFoglight; other news in brief.

PlateSpin migrates, protects Linux workloads

Novell's PlateSpin unit has beefed up its data protection and migration tools with better Linux support. The new PlateSpin Forge 3.0, Protect 10.0 and Migrate 9.0 include support for Linux logical volume manager (LVM) snapshots. These applications can now gracefully quiesce running applications before taking a snapshot, as part of the protection or migration scheme.

"Being part of Novell, we have much stronger demand for Linux support now," said Jan Kotowski, Platespin senior product manager. Supported Linux distributions include Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11.

PlateSpin Forge, a hardware appliance that protects physical and virtual environments, and its software-only cousin PlateSpin Protect, protect systems by taking a snapshot, which is then replicated to a remote system. In the event of a failure, that image can be restored to either a physical or virtual environment.

LVM snapshot support also enables PlateSpin Migrate, an any-to-any migration tool, to migrate Linux workloads without taking down the host. Previously, no-downtime migrations were limited to Windows workloads.

In addition, the latest PlateSpin Forge appliance is now outfitted with additional RAM and hard disk storage. Both Forge and Protect now support iSCSI storage by default, feature a new scheduler and public software development kit and can protect a Microsoft Cluster Server environment.

Free performance management tool from Vizioncore

Vizioncore Inc.'s slimmed-down, vFoglight performance management tool, vFoglight QuickView, provides alerts that allow administrators to detect and troubleshoot issues in their virtual environment, including wasted disk space from old snapshots. By upgrading from QuickView to the full-featured vFoglight, users gain capacity planning, chargeback and service management. vFoglight QuickView can be downloaded at the Vizioncore vCommunity site.

Citrix XenServer 5.6 generally available

The latest version of Citrix XenServer is now available. Announced last month at Citrix Synergy, XenServer 5.6 promises better performance, dynamic memory controls, host power management and disaster recovery automation features, and improved management and security capabilities. The new release is available in four editions: a free version, plus XenServer Advanced, Enterprise and Platinum -- priced at $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 per server, respectively.

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