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VMware's vCloud Director now a service provider offering: Virtualization news in brief

A service provider offers VMware's vCloud Director to customers; Xiotech delivers storage management through vSphere and other news in brief.

A service provider offers vCloud Director to customers
Cloud service provider Bit Refinery claims it is the first service provider to offer services to customers using VMware's vCloud Director Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) software. Bit Refinery says it has set up a self-service portal for end users along with a shared-software catalog that includes Microsoft Windows and Linux OSes.

VMware and LG team up on mobile hypervisor
VMware Inc. and LG Electronics recently announced a partnership that will see VMware's Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP) added to Android-based smartphone handsets marketed by LG. MVP is based on VMware's 2008 acquisition of Trango Virtual Processors.

According to a joint press release, the partnership's "initial efforts include enabling LG smartphones to securely run a work account in isolation from a user's personal account on a single mobile device. With this feature, LG mobile users can safely carry a single device for personal and work use."

Xiotech delivers storage management through vSphere
This week data storage array maker Xiotech Corp. rolled out a vSphere Edition of its management console for ISE storage arrays. The new plug-in enables granular provisioning, monitoring and management of ISE storage blades from within vCenter. Xiotech says that it is the first company to offer such capabilities, but rumor has it that VMware is working with other storage partners on new application programming interfaces to deliver similar features.

VMware releases new performance benchmark
VMmark 2.0, the latest version of VMware's virtualization benchmark, is now generally available. According to an official VMware blog post, "the benchmarking methodology of VMmark 2.0 focuses on user-centric application performance while accounting for the effects of infrastructure activity on overall platform performance."

EMC adds virtualization certification programs
VMware parent EMC Corp. on Tuesday added two new virtualization and cloud computing training and certification programs to its lineup, the EMC Proven Professional Cloud Architect and Data Center Architect. There will be two "tracks" for the new EMC Cloud Architect (EMCCA) program, one for Virtualized Infrastructure and another for Infrastructure as a Service that is described as an "expert level" certification. EMC Data Center Architect (EMCDCA) certification includes specializations in storage networking, information availability, data security and storage service management based on the IT Infrastructure Library, in addition to virtualization.

Veeam certified by U.S. Army
Backup and replication vendor Veeam Inc. said its software has received the Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) from the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, meeting U.S. Army and Department of Defense standards for security, compatibility and sustainability. The CoN accreditation is required for enterprise software products being used within the Army or by affiliated organizations.

VMware TAPs IaaS vendor
IaaS software maker Gale Technologies reported it has joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program at the Elite level. The VMware TAP program helps technology vendors integrate their products with VMware virtualization software.

Arkeia rolls out vStorage appliance
This week, data backup software maker Arkeia began shipping an Arkeia vStorage Virtual Appliance, which packages the Arkeia vStorage Backup Agent as a virtual appliance. The vStorage Backup Agent permits backups to disk and tape, and supports any combination of VMware's vCenter, ESX, and ESXi under vSphere 4.

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

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