Posts Tagged ‘hyper-v support’

Red Hat pushes out RHEL 6.4 beta bringing Hyper-V driver of Microsoft

December 28th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V

Red Hat, the American software company that’s engaged in developing and distributing open-source software products to the enterprise community, has released a beta of its RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) for its loyal customers.  And this new beta release, which is the 4th minor release of RHEL6, the developers at Red Hat have set up drivers for Hyper-V, the hypervisor by Microsoft, into the distribution of Linux.

Red Hat pushes out RHEL 6.4 beta bringing Hyper-V driver of Microsoft

Even though the Hyper-V drivers were available for a while now, they did not meet up the requirements of the kernel developers’ until few months back. And probably this was why the Red Hat developers were unwilling to add them in Linux. In addition to Microsoft’s Hyper-V, they have also updated the ESX virtualization solution’s drivers of VMware.

Some Improvements have been made to the SSSD (System Security Services Daemon), which are designed in order to improve the interoperability of the system with Active Directory services of Microsoft. Red Hat also states that they have made improvements to the performance of the Parallel network file system (pNFS), yet the support agreement still excludes the use of the pNFS.

The release of RHEL 6.4 is expected between late January and early February 2013.

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SoftNAS Releases NAS Virtual Appliance

December 21st, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization

The Virtual storage application that converts the existing hardware of users into safe data storage systems…

SoftNAS Releases NAS Virtual Appliance

All businesses need reliable and secure data storage, yet not everyone can pay the heavy price of dedicated NAS (network attached storage) devices. So the best option for small and medium sized businesses is to go “virtual”.

So SoftNAS, the self titled virtual storage software for VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon EC2, from Houston, Texas based SoftNAS is going to be very good news for all the small to medium sized business owners. The software makes it possible for companies to pass by the high price of dedicated NAS hardware.

The company described the SoftNAS platform as a cloud-based, software-deployed virtual storage application, which makes use of the hardware that companies already own in order to securely store their mission-critical data.

In addition to Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi and vSphere, SoftNAS also runs on cloud environments such as Amazon EC2, stated the company.

In a press conference, Bill Hood, the CEO of SoftNAS, stated that the company’s technology would help level the playing fields for small and medium sized businesses, and big IT organizations that has huge file storage requirements.

While the beta version of SoftNAS can be downloaded through their website right now, the public commercial version will hit the markets in February 2013.

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ScienceLogic Makes Updates to Its Private Cloud Management Platform

December 19th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtualized Data Centers

ScienceLogic, the software and service vendor which offers IT infrastructure management and monitoring systems that simplifies data center and cloud management for service providers and corporations, has made a new update to their cloud and data center management platform in order to offer the IT project managers with multitenant and real-time insight, control and visibility above the numerous private cloud environments that they are currently running or going to be running in the future.

ScienceLogic Makes Updates to Its Private Cloud Management Platform

The new platform has been developed as a method to offer the IT project managers with combined monitoring elements for the integrated stacks such as VCE Vblock, FlexPod and also the diverse underlying technologies like Microsoft Hyper-V, Xen, NetApp, EMC and, Cisco UCS, which are specifically developed to set up private clouds within enterprise IT environments. ScienceLogic has built the new platform focusing on cloud and data center management, especially to manage heterogeneous and dynamic computing environments.

The key feature updates in the new ScienceLogic product consist of:

* Dynamic visualization of the infrastructure components of Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware, EMC, Xen, NetApp, and Cisco UCS concurrently and clustered logically according to function, customer or service.

* Automated correlation of the availability and health issues of the infrastructure across the hybrid or private cloud.

* Added support for Vblock and FlexPod stacks.


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Hyper-V 3.0 Tools Will Not Turn Up until System Center 2012 SP1

November 2nd, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, web server news, Windows Server

Although Windows Server 2012 was released for general availability on the 4th of September, the virtualization shops that is looking forward to set up the latest version of Hyper-V on their stations will have to wait until Microsoft releases the SP1 to manage the Hyper-V hosts, which are running the new Operating System.

According to the documentation issued by Microsoft, the version of the System Center 2012 that is currently shipping will only support the Hyper-V hosts that are running Windows Server 2008.

Hyper-V 3.0 Tools Will Not Turn Up until System Center 2012 SP1

In the meantime, the System Center 2012 SP1 (Service Pack 1), the version that is compatible with Hyper-V 3.0 (aka Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V), is in the 2nd Community Technology Preview, which is a pre-beta version that won’t be used by most of users in production.

However, the System Center 2012 SP1 is one of the necessities to take benefit of the new features in Hyper-V 3.0 such as NVGRE (Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation), enhanced backup support for CSVs (Cluster Shared Volumes) and enhancements in live migration.

Up till now, Microsoft has not stated a timing frame for the release candidate or the RTM (release to manufacturers) for SP1. According to the sources, even Microsoft’s Technology Adoption Program or the Most Valuable Professional communities have not received any news about the release.

However, Microsoft officials stated that the exact information about Windows System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 would be revealed in the months to come.

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VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Support for Microsoft Hyper-V Servers Coming Soon

October 30th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization

Although VMware is in a hypervisor battle with Microsoft’s Hyper-V, Citrix, RedHat, and Oracle, but it also finds itself in a war over the virtualization management control. There is a number of third-party vendors, who have been developing their own management technologies for many years. And they have been frequently out- innovating and out- navigating VMware. Although VMware welcomes management tools from its ecosystem partners such as Veeam, SolarWinds, VKernel, Zenoss, and VMTurbo, it’s still kind of a shaky situation.

VMware vCenter Server 5.1 support for Microsoft Hyper-V servers

One of the problems that VMware faces is, although the ecosystem third-party companies are coming up with brilliant management products, most of the virtual administrators do not like to stop using the vCenter clients they have. However, they also want to do their jobs the best way they can, which often requires managing multiple panes of glass in the virtual environment. And one thing that VMware lacks, when compared to other management vendors is the availability of a heterogeneous virtualization management tool.

VMware announced that the vCenter Server 5.1 would soon be able to manage Microsoft Hyper-V servers, at the VMworld Europe 2012. And they have come up with a new add-on to the vCenter Server that would allow this functionality. It is called the vCenter MHM (Multi-Hypervisor Manager).

According to VMware, the new plug-in that supports Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 hosts, will be available for downloading through the download page of VMware vCenter Server, in the third quarter of 2013.

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CommVault to Integrate Modern Data Management with Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V

October 24th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server

CommVault, the data and information management software focused on mid-range and enterprise-level environments, has announced that its Simpana 9 software, which is built from the ground up on a unifying code base and a single platform that enables the protection, management and search of data across physical, virtual or cloud environments, would be totally integrated with Microsoft’s Cloud OS, which includes Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and also Windows Azure. The company says that this is expected to help the organizations to scale and manage the dynamic requirements of their business-critical applications as quickly as possible.

Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V with Simpana-9

CommVault has had about 10 years of interoperability and alliance with a various Microsoft server platforms. The Simpana software is also targeting to enable easy and quick migration to Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. The software also benefits from latest improvements in the areas of data protection and automation.

Windows Server 2012 with the CommVault’s Simpana 9 Interoperability

  • - Can Perform live VM migrations across a data center, and between Windows Azure cloud and a data center by using the virtual machine backup and restore options in Simpana software.
  • - Simpana allows its users to use Windows Azure cloud as an alternative to tape-based and a retention tier, which enables secure, long-term and cost-effective storage.
  • - Microsoft and CommVault are planning to demonstrate how Simpana 9 software will make it trouble-free and easy to perform upgrades to Windows Server 2012 and migrating to Windows Server Hyper-V, during the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2012 (November 12 to 15) and at the Cloud OS Signature Event Series in Las Vegas.
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A New Backup and Recovery Option for Windows Server 2012 from Unitrends

October 23rd, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server

Unitrends, the all-in-one backup appliance for virtual, physical and cloud, and the leader in enterprise-level data protection, has revealed its support for Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012. Earlier this year, Unitrends released Unitrends Enterprise Backup™, the popular software-only version of its flagship recovery collection of physical appliances. According to Unitrends, at the moment, it is the only all-in-one Hyper-V 2012 Server and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V for backup, recovery appliance in the market.


Unitrends is a company well-known for its long term Microsoft partnership. So it is known to invest heavily on engineering expertise in order to test and then validate the newest upcoming Microsoft software versions on its infrastructure.

Maria Pressley, a spokesperson at Unitrends, stated that as Microsoft decided to offer a free version of its Hyper-V Server 2012, their company also came up with a free and fully functioning version of its enterprise level backup software, which can be used to protect up to4 Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines. Apart from the free edition, the backup software also has an enterprise edition.

The collection of Unitrends’ all-in-one appliances, which are scalable as well, and the other software solutions developed for backing up, archiving, disaster recovery and instant recovery, can be used to protect more than 100 different versions of operating systems, servers, storage area network, hypervisors, network-attached storage and applications.

The collection of Unitrends’ all-in-one appliances, which are scalable as well, and the other software solutions developed for backing up, archiving, disaster recovery and instant recovery, can be used to protect more than 100 different versions of operating systems, servers, storage area network, hypervisors, network-attached storage and applications.

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Vyatta Expands Advanced Routing Capabilities and Adds Hyper-V Support

October 19th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization

Vyatta, one of the global leaders in software-based networking for virtual and cloud environments, has announced Vyatta Network OS 6.5′s general availability. Vyatta Network OS 6.5 is the most updated software-bad Network solution in software-based networking industry. Its new features include BGP Multipath, Policy Based Routing (PBR) and many more. Vyatta’s platform support has also been increased with the incorporation of Microsoft Hyper-V that provides a higher level of flexibility for the datacenters of service providers.

Vyatta Adds Hyper-V Support

The addition of Microsoft’s Hyper-V support in Vyatta 6.5 enables an enterprise-class networking and security solution for datacenters that utilizes Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization or an association of vendors.

Not only is Vyatta Network OS 6.5 extending its hypervisor support to Hyper-V, it is also inaugurating few embellishments to its security and routing functionalities:

Hyper-V Support - Vyatta- VTI (Virtual Tunnel Interface)

- PBR (Policy-Based Routing)

- BGP Multipath

- Improvements to VRRP (Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol)

- IPSec support for IPv6

According to Tuchler, the Marketing Vice President at Vyatta, these newly released features fortify Vyatta’s enterprise-class networking and security solution and deliver upgraded skills to datacenters at the same time. He also mentioned that the deployment of these technologies allows the datacenters to be more inclined to react quickly to evolving business and application demands, to assist private cloud infrastructure and offer a strategic roadmap toward software-defined Networking.




- IPSec support for IPv6

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2X Software Releases their First Cloud Software Solution for Hyper-V by Microsoft

October 15th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V

On September 5th, 2012, 2X Software, one of the global leaders of virtual desktop and application delivery, cloud computing & remote access solutions, announced the Version 10.5 release of its 2X ApplicationServer XG, which has won multiple awards. With the release of the new version, 2X Software became the first company to offer VDI (Virtual Desktop Management) and Application Delivery, along with full Thin Client Management integration within a single software package. In addition, the new release also includes features like Second Level Authentication (enabled by the Integration of Radius), RAW printing, URL Redirection Blacklist and Support for the Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster.

2X Software's Cloud Software Solution for Microsoft Hyper-V

Furthermore, the customers who wish to purchase the version 10.5 of 2X ApplicationServer XG will also get an option to buy 2X ClientManager Module. This will upgrade them to 2X ApplicationServer XG 10.5 PLUS.

With 2X ClientManager, administrators have the ability to manage the user connections in a centralized manner. 2X software also stated that, they were planning to include the options to manage mobile devices to the ClientManager in the future.

The pricing of 2X ApplicationServer XG version 10.5 will start at $1,190. This pricing would be applicable for the small business version. And the pricing of the new 2X ClientManager Module will start at $450 per 10 clients.

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