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Microsoft and Dell team up on virtualization management

Virtualization news in brief: Microsoft Corp. and Dell Inc. announce three-year partnership; Axxana backs up Vblock; and AFGE picks TwinStrata for virtual backup

Microsoft and Dell team up on virtualization management
Microsoft Corp. and Dell Inc. announced a new, three-year partnership this week that will integrate Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor and System Center management products with Dell hardware and infrastructure management software.

According to a joint spec sheet, the two companies are prepared to support a reference architecture consisting of Dell Business Ready Configurations hardware stacks (which is a reference architecture, rather than a pre-built single system) underpinning Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center Operations Manager, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. The glue between the two ends of the stack is a set of two products from Dell: a software component, called Advanced Infrastructure Manager, and hardware, called the Virtual Integrated System.

With this reference architecture, the vendors claim that users can automatically deploy virtual servers (e.g., to remote office locations), manage both Hyper-V and VMware hypervisors and automate workload movement and physical-to-virtual conversions on-site.

Axxana backs up Vblock
Axxana Inc.'s backup and disaster recovery products will support the Virtual Computing Environment coalition's (VCE) Vblock Infrastructure Packages, the company said this week. Axxana's Phoenix System RP is now compatible with Vblock 1 and Vblock 0. Vblock Infrastructure Packages are integrated IT offerings from Cisco Systems Inc., EMC Corp. and VMware Inc.. Axxana's product consists of EMC's RecoverPoint and Axxana's hardened Phoenix hardware system.

AFGE picks TwinStrata for Veeam cloud backup
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest federal employee union in the U.S., has selected TwinStrata's CloudArray virtual appliance as a bridge between the Veeam Backup & Replication environment that backs up its VMware environment and Amazon S3 cloud storage.

TwinStrata came out of stealth last year and provides local-storage caches and management features to front cloud data storage repositories. The company's CloudArray is a virtual appliance that offers multiprotocol storage access, local caching, Web-based application access, cloud-based snapshots and data migration for public cloud data storage repositories.

VMTurbo makes monthly appliance update
Virtualization startup VMTurbo made the latest in a series of monthly releases this week, part of its plan for a suite of at least 10 software modules focused on automated event remediation and infrastructure optimization. This month's new features include the ability to create custom groups of physical or virtual resources as well as custom logins; identify the "Top 10" for any reporting criteria; a new reports interface; real-time synchronization of changes to Distributed Resource Scheduler rules with those running within the VMTurbo appliance; historical trending and peak resource consumption metrics.

Vendors such as Netuitive Inc., and Integrien, recently purchased by VMware, also offer these capabilities. But VMTurbo claims to differentiate itself through mathematical "economic model."

Vyatta rolls out new appliances, reports growth
This week, virtual networking vendor Vyatta introduced three, new midrange routing and security appliances that provide edge connectivity and data protection for small to medium-sized businesses and branch offices. The Vyatta 2600, 1600 and 600 series network appliances combine the Vyatta Network operating system with multi-core Intel processors.

In a separate release, the company said a growing number of cloud service providers use its products, including L3 Networks and Cloud Central.  Specific numbers or adoption-rate information beyond those two customer names were not provided.

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

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