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VMware ships vCloud Connector 1.5: News in brief

VMware says customers can ease in to a hybrid cloud with vCloud Connector 1.5. Plus: other virtualization news from Neverfail, Reflex and more.

VMware vCloud Connector 1.5 hits GA
VMware vCloud Connector 1.5, a tool for joining vSphere and vCloud Director environments, is now generally available. Announced at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, this version features a new Web-based user interface located at From there, administrators can power virtual machines (VMs) off and on, access a VM console and perform other basic operations. VCloud Connector also supports the latest versions of vSphere (5.0) and vCloud Director (1.5), and it includes a search function to help locate specific VMs, vApps and templates by name in a large cloud. In addition, the new release provides more reliable transfer of VMs and templates using compression, plus multi-part transfer and checkpoint restart features, VMware said.

Neverfail links DR tools with VMware
High availability and disaster recovery software provider Neverfail is offering new features targeted at VMware shops. The Neverfail Continuous Availability Suite 6.6 includes the new Virtual Availability Director, which allows vSphere administrators to manage their Neverfail servers from inside the vSphere management console. It also includes SRMXtender, which links Neverfail replication and high availability capabilities with VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) for shorter recovery point objectives. Neverfail 6.6 offers new site-level disaster recovery capabilities and easier setup for multi-tier applications. Users can also monitor Neverfail servers and protected applications from Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and with SNMP. Neverfail 6.6 is available now as a free upgrade for current customers. SRMXtender is priced at $2,995 per protected site for both existing and new customers.

ManageEngine tracks vFabric tc Server performance
As promised at VMworld, ManageEngine has extended its Applications Manager 10.1 performance monitoring software to vFabric tc Server, VMware’s Tomcat-compatible application server. In this context, Application Manager provides health and performance monitoring for tc Server instances, as well as Spring applications deployed in those servers. It also helps users troubleshoot performance bottlenecks and provides performance statistics and reports.

Reflex right-sizes vSphere 5 VMs
Reflex Systems’  Virtualization Management Suite 3.0 now supports vSphere 5. In the wake of the vRAM licensing model VMware introduced with vSphere 5, Reflex said it can help customers optimize licensing by right-sizing and reclaiming resources and streamlining vSphere 5 migrations through proper configuration management and profiling. Reflex VMC 3.0 is available immediately.

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