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VMware and partners release PCI guidance: Virtualization news in brief

Virtualization product vendors offer guidance for PCI-compliant virtual data centers. These briefs also include news on CA's acquisition of Hyperformix and Zimbra's certification program.

Vendors release PCI guidance white paper
A group of vendors, including VMware, HyTrust and Savvis, have released a white paper on virtual data center architecture that is Payment Card Industry (PCI)-compliant, according to at least one firm. A recent update to the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) finally acknowledged server virtualization as permissible in PCI environments, but detailed guidance on compliant configuration and implementation of virtual networks is still being finalized.

 Sources say a supplemental white paper from the PCI Security Standards Council's Virtualization Special Interest Group (VirtSIG) will be released between now and the beginning of 2011, when the new DSS officially goes into effect.

VMware expands Zimbra certification program
VMware expanded its VMware Ready Program to include mail security offerings for its Zimbra messaging platform. The first certified products include SpamTitan's Virtual Appliance; Halon Security's Virtual SPAM Prevention; InBoxer's Intelligent Message Archive; Proofpoint's Enterprise Protection and Enterprise Privacy; Sendmail's Sentrion MPV; Softnext Technologies Corporation's SPAM SQR; Symantec's Brightmail Gateway Virtual Edition; and Trend Micro's Interscan Messaging Security Virtual Appliance.

CA closes Hyperformix acquisition, buddies up with Marathon
CA's acquisition of automated capacity planning software maker Hyperformix became official. While CA does battle with VMware's Integrien for capacity planning and performance monitoring, the company also has to win back enterprise customers. Despite sweeping changes that have taken place at the company since 2006, some enterprise customers say it will take more time before they trust CA for critical IT management tools.

In a separate announcement, CA and Marathon Technologies jointly released everRun MX Extend. The new product integrates Marathon's everRun MX fault-tolerance software with CA's (NASDAQ: CA) ARCserve replication for disaster recovery over distance.

Pancetera and i365 partner on cloud-based data backup for VMs
Pancetera, a startup claiming it can optimize I/O in virtual storage environments, has signed a new partnership agreement with i365, a Seagate company. Under the terms of the agreement, i365's EVault Cloud-Connected data protection products will embed Pancetera's Unite virtual appliance in a new jointly marketed virtual appliance that backs up VMs onsite, across the wide area network and into the cloud.

HyTrust updates appliance
HyTrust Appliance 2.1 offers federated access controls for virtual environments, and it's now generally available. The update includes support for VMware vSphere 4.1; access control, policy and audit logging for Cisco Nexus 1000V command-line interface management (NX-OS command set); support for multi-domain Active Directory environments; single sign-on via Windows pass-through authentication with smart card integration; new ESX hardening templates including VMware Hardening Guide 4.0 and (Sarbanes Oxley) SOX hardening templates; and application-level high availability (in addition to VMware High Availability/Fault Tolerance and federation.

Netuitive supports Tivoli
Netuitive Inc., which offers a self-learning analytics software suite for performance management and troubleshooting in virtual environments, now says its software can feed data to IBM's Tivoli data center management framework. Other monitoring tools already integrated with Netuitive include products from CA, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, and VMware.

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

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