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Veeam, Quest gain virtual backup customers: News in brief

Two virtualization management companies boast customer growth, plus: VKernel launches new API, VMTurbo releases Cloud Operations Manager and other virtualization news.

Veeam, Quest gain virtual backup customers

Veeam Software reported that more than 25,000 customers now use its Backup and Replication product for virtual data backup. The total number of worldwide customers for all of Veeam’s products now exceeds 30,000. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory was among the new customer wins for the company for the quarter.

In related news, Veeam competitor Quest Software said it recently surpassed 40,000 customers for virtual machine (VM) data protection. More than 38,000 customers now use Quest vRanger for VMware backup and recovery, and more than 2,000 customers use the company’s NetVault Backup.

VKernel launches new API

VKernel has created the vOps API, a new hook for the integration of third-party tools with its capacity planning systems. The API can feed capacity data into supporting systems including self-service portals, ticketing, billing, systems management and IT orchestration systems. Currently, the application programming interface (API) is meant for customers to develop against, but the company says it will also be adding technology partners through its Capacity.LINK program, launched alongside the new API.

VMTurbo releases Cloud Operations Manager

Virtualization management software maker VMTurbo rolled out its Cloud Operations Manager this week. The product is designed to manage multiple virtual centers, multiple hypervisors and provides multi-tenancy views. Features include workload placement policies, policy-driven corrective action execution, email and SNMP notifications, Active Directory support and a REST/Perl API. There is also grouping support for multiple data centers, clusters, storage tiers, folders and custom groups. The product is priced at $49 per socket per month or $9 per VM per month. VMTurbo also said cloud service provider 6fusion plans to integrate the product into its infrastructure management tools.

Paessler adds new virtual network monitoring tools

Paessler’s PRTG Network Monitor 8.4 includes new sensor types designed to monitor virtual systems, and it provides information about the expected performance requirements for future virtual systems. New sensors include a VMware Host Hardware Sensor, which uses the WBEM protocol to obtain hardware information from a host server; a WMI-based Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Storage Device sensor, which monitors the disk space and usage on Hyper-V virtual hard disk drives; an SSH VMware ESX(i) Disk Sensor, which monitors disk space attached to VMware virtual machine; and the ability to monitor Parallels Virtuozzo Containers’ disk and network usage.

SolarWinds creates VM-to-cloud calculator

SolarWinds rolled out a free VM-to-Cloud Calculator this week, designed to estimate what it would cost to run VMs on a cloud service.  The tool also takes inventory of all VMs running on a user’s network, and after the user selects which VMs to move, it estimates and compares costs for Amazon EC2, Windows Azure and Rackspace Cloud Servers.

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

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