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Virtualization Tool Potpourri

The volume of virtualization and cloud press releases I receive is constant and heavy. I try to do at least a couple of briefings per week, but there is no way I can blog about everybody, even though almost all of them are blog-worthy. That being the case, I am listing a few of the vendors and their products that have gotten my attention in the past few weeks: is targeting public and private IaaS clouds with CloudStack 2.2, the company's open source cloud computing platform, which expedites cloud deployment, configuration and management. It is available for downloading at the open source cloud computing community.

CloudStack Community Edition is an open source (GPLv3) product and is free to download and use. CloudStack Enterprise and Service Provider editions cost $10,000 per year on a subscription basis for the management server license and five nodes (storage or compute) to be put under management. Additional nodes cost $1,000 per year.

Gale Technologies Looking to convert your existing IT infrastructure into a private or hybrid cloud in just two steps taking two weeks or less? Gale Technologies claims they have the package for you. The company says GaleForce Turnkey Cloud is the one and only product to offer "composite automation and orchestration that allows provisioning of bare metal as well as virtual resources, enabling organizations to run all their applications, virtualized or not, in the cloud." Starting price: $50,000, which includes the GaleForce 5.3 Server, support for up to 15 physical resources, and up to 60 VMs.

Microsoft App-V 4.6 SP1 enhances and expedites the virtualization of applications and features package accelerators that make it easier for customers to virtualize their apps and enable app delivery. MED-V 2.0 breaks down legacy application obstacles, enabling IT staff to expedite their Windows 7 migrations. It also offers integration features between System Center Configuration Manager and third-party solutions.

VMTurbo VMTurbo Virtualization ManagementSuite joins the growing number of management software products that helps users detect problems, analyze their potential impacts, and suggest automated actions to forestall any damage. The suite is based on its abilities to combine real-time operational performance metrics and analytics, deliver cost-efficient infrastructure performance, provide ongoing pro-active management, and support systemic lifecycle data center management. It is available for VMware ESX Server or vSphere 3.5u2 or later, and VMware vCenter 2.5 or later, and costs $399 per socket.

Gluster At at time when storage is being targeted as a major impediment to VM and cloud environments, Gluster's Virtual Storage Appliances "integrate GlusterFS into a virtual machine for deployment on any VMware-certified hardware or cloud platform. For Amazon Web Services (AWS), Gluster FS is packaged in an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for deployment on the AWS public cloud." Pricing is approximately $4,000-$5,000 per year, with monthly pricing and professional services options available.

VKernel The words "monitor, diagnose, and resolve performance issues" are becoming more and more commonplace as users increasingly virtualize their IT infrastructures, and VKernel is using them to describe its new VKernel Performance Analyzer, which works with VMware vCenter to provide real-time analysis of system metrics and alerts that determine aberrant trends, root causes, impacts and resolutions of VMware performance issues. Pricing starts at $299 per socket, per application.

InMage The nascent Recovery as a Service market (RaaS) expanded by one product with the introduction of InMage ScoutCloud, which combines best-of-breed data protection; a P2V and V2V engine that supports failover/failback capabilities for applications; automated provisioning of VMs and associated storage; and a "full-fledged" multi-tenant portal for deployment and management. InMage ScoutCloud was designed to allow managed service and cloud providers to expedite time to market while providing "near-zero" RPO and RTO-capable RaaS.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 03/22/2011 at 12:48 PM


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