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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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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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VMware adds Hyper-V support to vCloud Suite

October 12th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization
 

Back in August, VMware announced its new vCloud Suite for the first time. However, after only 2 months, the company is already updating their new platform with a brand new vCloud Automation Center component and also adding enhancements to a number of others. The company also announced that the vCloud Suite is now capable of managing infrastructure built on Hyper-V hypervisors by Microsoft.

VMware adds Hyper-V support to vCloud Suite

The vCloud Suite 5.1 was introduced at San Francisco, at the VMworld event. However, at the European VMworld event that took place in Barcelona, Spain, the company introduced vCloud Automation Center 5.1. vCloud Automation Center 5.1 is a self-service provisioning portal built for the end users, which has the ability to operate across both public and private clouds. This includes third party clouds like Amazon Web Services.

The new component is primarily based on a technology, which VMware gained through DynamicOps, when they acquired the company in July. It is believed to enable the customers to speed up the provisioning new resources, simply by offering a new policy-driven automated approvals process.

Stephen Herrod, the chief technology officer at VMware, stated, “For the very first time, you are able to manage many other hypervisors. And you can do it all from just one place. And the support for Microsoft’s Hyper-V is coming first”.

According to VMware, the updated new cloud management tools will be available sometime later within this quarter. It will be available as part of the new VMware vCloud Suite.

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Introduction of VMware vSphere 5.0 and vCloud Director 1.5

August 21st, 2011    Posted in cloud hosting
 

The release of cloud infrastructure suite includes a combination of vSphere 5, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, vShield 5, vCloud Director 1.5, and the new vSphere Storage Appliance 1.0. This combination has been joined by vCenter operations. In order to enable the enterprises and service providers to build cloud infrastructure-as-a-service, a software solution called VMware vCloud™ Director can be put into use. It allows the end users to fulfill their demand and even the IT sector is provided with the required efficiency. It provides an option to bridge to an ecosystem with over and above 3000 service providers and also possess the ability to run an efficient cloud securely within a given data center. With the help of VMware vSphere™ 5.0 (“vSphere”) and VMware vCloud Director 1.5, cost effective and secure clouds can be built so that the organization of service providers can support different businesses by increasing IT efficiency and enhancing security. A pragmatic path is provided to the customers with the usage of cloud computing which enables them to leverage existing investments and the flexibility to extend capacity among clouds.

The use of third party distributed virtual switches is supported by the VMware vCloud Director 1.0 so that it can enable portgroup-based network pools. But with the usage of VMware vCloud Director 1.5, VLAN-base can be created programmatically. In the performance of virtualization, release of vSphere 5 acts as an important milestone. Its applications are very demanding among the users because it offers 32 vCPUs, 1TB of virtual RAM, and very substantial storage and networking speeds. To help your cloud with extreme elasticity needs and tight performance that too without manual intervention, some new innovations has been done which includes Auto-Deploy, Profile-Driven Storage and Storage DRS capabilities. This release will surely help the customers to create their clouds in a simpler and more efficient manner. It also reduces the time which is required to get them started and it also make sure that customers must have seamless experience once the software is up and running. With the updated cloud infrastructure suite, VMware vSphere 5 can be expected to be available in Q3. This article will enable you to get an overview on what is VMware vSphere 5.0 and vCloud Director 1.5 and how is it beneficial?

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