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SAP certifies Citrix XenServer: Virtualization news in brief

SAP certifies XenServer; Orange has joined forces with the VCE Coalition to help businesses tap cloud computing; and other news in brief.

SAP certifies XenServer
Citrix Systems Inc. and SAP AG have added XenServer virtualization to their list of jointly supported product offerings, which already included XenDesktop and XenApp. According to a blog post by Citrix Systems Inc. CTO Simon Crosby, the qualification process has been ongoing for the last two years.

Orange signs on with VCE to deliver cloud computing services
Orange Business Services will deploy pre-integrated vBlocks from VMware, Cisco and EMC's Virtual Computing Environment Coalition (aka Acadia) to support its cloud computing services, the companies announced last week. The new alliance -- called Flexible 4 Business -- is intended to help businesses to tap cloud computing without building their own infrastructure. The Flexible 4 Business cloud services portfolio will initially include private cloud and back-up services, as well as security and unified communications services.

HDS boosts storage bandwidth on new VSP
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has updated its high-end disk array product line, the Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), along with a new version of its Hitachi Command Suite. The array can scale out across physical storage frames in a virtual matrix architecture, similar to EMC Corp.'s Symmetrix VMAX and Hewlett-Packard Co./3PAR's InServ products. The all-SAS array can reach an aggregate bandwidth of 192 Gbps, according to HDS chief scientist Claus Mikkelsen, to appeal to virtual data center environments where storage bandwidth can become a bottleneck.

Meanwhile, Hitachi Command Suite 7 can now perform simplified provisioning. It uses a wizard into which users select their host name, number of gigabytes, storage subsystem, volume type and drive type, but don't have to deal with logical unit numbers or RAID groups. Instead the memory page becomes the unit of physical storage management, and an array handles its placement on physical hardware. The product also adds support for VMware's vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI), and software modules such as Tiered Storage Manager and Dynamic Tiering can now be managed according to virtual workloads rather than only physical hosts connected to the array.

Radware goes virtual with application delivery controllers
Radware kicked off a new virtualization strategy for its application delivery controller (ADC) products as well as new virtual appliance offerings. The company has created its own hypervisor to virtualize multiple virtual instances of ADC on its proprietary hardware in a new product dubbed ADC-VX, which can consolidate up to 28 physical devices.

Radware will also offer a "soft ADC" housed in a virtual appliance. The new virtual form factors will also include lifecycle and migration services for virtual machines, along with a mechanism to guarantee access to hardware resources for each virtual device. Integration with data center orchestration tools will follow. The first two virtual machines added to an ADC-VX hardware appliance, available now, are free; the "soft" ADC will start at $18,000 when it becomes available this year.

Netuitive updates licensing for multi-hypervisor environments
Performance management and analytics software company Netuitive, a competitor with VMware's Integrien, says customers can now interchange hypervisor licenses across Hyper-V, Xen and VMware. Netuitive claims its statistical analysis and predictive analytics automatically correlate and "self learn" the behavior of devices in virtual environments.

Akorri introduces ROI calculator
Akorri has a new online ROI Calculator to analyze the potential savings from using its BalancePoint software to manage virtual and physical infrastructures. The calculator will offer estimates in terms of improved productivity, increased infrastructure utilization, and reduced troubleshooting time.

Beth Pariseau is a senior news writer for Write to her at

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