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VMware brushes up SMB products: Virtualization news in brief

Neverfail offers extension to VMware SRM; CA and Trend Micro partner with HyTrust; Quest releases vRanger 5.3; Veeam updates VMware management pack.

VMware brushes up SMB products

VMware rolled out two new virtualization management offerings for small and medium-sized businesses at VMworld Europe this week. The new VMware vCenter Protect Essentials Plus (an update from VMware vCenter Protect Essentials) now includes scripting capabilities to automate the discovery of configuration, maintenance, support and network information about machines in the virtual environment. It also includes the ability to use Remote Desktop Protocol to remotely access a machine, support for multiple administrators simultaneously performing different tasks, and a new machine power-status scan.

VMware Go Pro, a Software as a Service-based virtualization management offering first launched in January, now includes IT Advisor, which will scan and assess a customer's physical and virtual infrastructure and provide recommendations and the ability to schedule patch scans and deployments for groups of machines.

VMware also updated its enterprise virtualization management tools at the show.

Neverfail extends VMware SRM

Neverfail launched SRMXtender, which adds continuous data protection (CDP) and support for physical servers to VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM). SRMXtender is currently in beta and will be generally available by the end of November 2011.

In a separate announcement last week, Neverfail released high availability software for virtual applications, which includes integration into the vSphere Client. The Neverfail Virtual Availability Director adds application-aware monitoring of critical servers and protection from operating system or application-layer failure scenarios.  

CA releases Access Control for Virtual Environments

CA made available a new version of its Access Control product which includes new features for monitoring virtual machine (VM) security as well as new integration with HyTrust’s virtual appliance. 

The product’s new features include privileged-user password management and user activity monitoring based on audit logs from guest VMs, combined with HyTrust’s infrastructure-level access control monitoring and segmentation. The products will be packaged together as an OVF-formatted virtual appliance that also includes a plug-in to VMware’s vCenter management console.

Trend Micro and HyTrust to offer PCI compliance reporting

Trend Micro Inc. is also promoting its own partnership with HyTrust for PCI DSS compliance monitoring in virtual environments. HyTrust’s virtual appliance offers the ability to apply compliance policy templates for PCI to virtual infrastructure. This feature will be integrated with Trend Micro’s Deep Security intrusion detection and prevention software.

Quest releases vRanger 5.3

Quest Software’s vRanger 5.3 is offering new integration with other products in the Quest virtual data protection line. The software now integrates with NetVault SmartDisk software-based data deduplication. It also integrates with Quest’s Recovery Manager for SharePoint (RMSP), simplifying the recovery process for RMSP users by allowing them to search for a file directly from a vRanger backup. VRanger 5.3 also now supports VMware’s new vStorage API for Data Protection, backup and restores over the storage area network to Virtual Machine File System 5, and Storage vMotion.

Veeam updates VMware management pack for Microsoft System Center

Veeam Software released a new version of its nworks Management Pack for VMware, which offers agentless monitoring of VMware environments integrated into Microsoft’s System Center Operations Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. 

The new release supports vSphere 5, 25 new and rewritten out-of-the-box reports, including a new report on oversized VMs, 20 new views and dashboards for host storage, host networking, data store provisioning, hardware, and support for monitoring larger VMware clusters than previous versions.

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

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