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FlashSoft pushes Flash virtualization: News in brief

FlashSoft now supports automated caching for Linux workloads in virtual machines; NetEx supports Hyper-V; Red Hat launches oVirt; Veeam signs on cloud service provider partners.

FlashSoft pushes Flash virtualization

FlashSoft Corp., a Flash caching company that came out of stealth at VMworld 2011, released a new version of its beta product that automates Flash caching in servers to help accelerate virtual workloads.

FlashSoft SE 2.0, which will become generally available in October, turns a solid state drive (SSD) into a cache of hot data within a physical server. Supported SSDs can attach through PCIe, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or SATA interfaces. The release also adds support for Linux virtual machines (VMs) in addition to Windows guests, increases the supported SSD size to 1 TB, adds RAID support for SSDs configured in high availability pairs, and adds a new graphical user interface for Windows guests.

FlashSoft SE 2.0 installs an agent inside each guest VM, but founder and CEO Ted Sanford said the company is working on a version that runs at the host level and supports VMware vMotion.

NetEx supports Hyper-V

WAN optimization virtual appliance maker NetEx unveiled HyperIP Version 6.0 last week, featuring HyperIP for Hyper-V, a fully integrated Hyper-V virtual appliance that allows running VMs to be sent to other Microsoft Hyper-V physical hosts across optimized WAN connections. The new software also provides interoperable WAN optimization across Hyper-V and VMware environments.

Red Hat open sources virtualization management

Also last week, Red Hat and partners launched the oVirt Project, an open source project for the Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). According to the project’s website, “The oVirt Project is an open virtualization project providing a feature-rich server virtualization management system with advanced capabilities for hosts and guests, including high availability, live migration, storage management, system scheduler, and more.” Founding members of the project also include Canonical, Cisco, IBM, Intel, NetApp and SUSE. Cisco will host a kickoff workshop for the project Nov. 1.

Veeam signs on cloud and service provider partners

VMware data protection software maker Veeam Software says more than 1,000 cloud and service providers have joined the Veeam ProPartner Service Provider (PSP) program since it began 18 months ago. The program provides training and accreditation, technical support, special promotions and sales and marketing tools to partners. Veeam also says 3,000 resellers are a part of PSP.

VMTurbo adds QoS for cloud apps

As part of its fourth quarter appliance release, workload management software startup VMTurbo added application quality of service (QoS) and new policy controls to its management product for virtual infrastructures. Users can now group and prioritize applications in order to assure QoS. New business dashboards offer visibility across all layers of the IT stack and recommend solutions to issues affecting application performance. The new VMTurbo release also adds customizable workload placement policies, management of roles and permissions, and rebranding support for cloud service providers.

Diskeeper offers virtual disk compaction

The release of V-locity 3, Diskeeper Corporation’s virtual disk optimizer, includes the ability to write zeroes to unused data blocks on virtual disks while VMs are online, allowing for virtual disk compression on the fly. This means the software allows Storage vMotion (for VMware) or Quick Storage Migration (for Microsoft Hyper-V) to compact a disk when migrating virtual disks; in some cases, zeroed free space can be reclaimed during a storage migration.

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

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