Hyper-V to gain dynamic memory allocation: News in brief

The next version of Hyper-V will feature dynamic memory and USB device support, Microsoft revealed at TechEd; and other news in brief.

Next Hyper-V to support USB, dynamic memory allocation
As promised this spring, the version of Hyper-V that ships with the beta of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 next month will include dynamic memory allocation, Microsoft revealed at TechEd 2010 this week.

In addition, the company said that the next version of Hyper-V will also support generic USB devices such as cameras, scanners and bar-code readers connected to Hyper-V-based remote desktops.

But Tim Anderson at IT Writing reports that Hyper-V will not support USB devices connected to the host, for example; external hard disk drives must be used for backup, he said. Microsoft said that adding support for server-side USB devices was not a priority.

Altor extends security offering with VM introspection
The latest release of Altor Networks' flagship security product Altor 4.0 adds compliance and automation capabilities.

By extending integration with the VMware VMsafe application programming interface (API) introduced with vSphere 4, Altor 4.0 sits in the hypervisor and performs what the company calls "VM introspection": peering inside a virtual machine (VM) and automatically learning a VM's state, configuration and installed applications. From within the hypervisor, Altor maintains the isolation and performance of network-based security tools, while at the same time gaining the visibility of agent-based offerings, the company said.

Core features of Altor 4.0 include full visibility and control of intra-VM traffic via firewall policy plus traffic inspection for malware suppression; policy enforcement of regulatory policies for applications, services and VM settings; and segration of duties via policy automation and creation of trust zones.

Altor 4.0 will be available the third quarter of 2010 for $1,500 per protected CPU socket.

Vizioncore does P2V for Hyper-V
Virtualization management provider Vizioncore announced that its upcoming vConverter 5.0 will support physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions for Microsoft Hyper-V environments by the end of June. The company made a free 90-day license available to developers and early adopters, version 5.e, for "early access."

VConverter allows for the conversion of physical systems to virtual machines and back again. Once a system is converted to a virtual machine, it can be protected, replicated and recovered to another virtual host or physical system.

VConverter 5.0 is the first Vizioncore product to support Microsoft Hyper-V. Vizioncore's vRanger Pro and vReplicator data protection platforms will follow in vConverter's footsteps and support Hyper-V later this year.

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