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Virtualization – A Feature of the OS, or a New Platform?

Microsoft and Red Hat has just announced that they have completed the certifications of the cross OS hypervisor agreements that the companies originally announced back in February of 2009. This means that Microsoft now certifies Red Hat Linux guests on Hyper-V and Red Hat certifies certain Windows guests on KVM. Red Hat has an excellent article on its web site that details which version of which products work with which and which provides an excellent FAQ.

The known virtualization security vendors Reflex Systems, Catbird Security, Altor Networks, HyTrust, Symantec, Trend Microsystems, Tripwire, and VMware all showed their wares at VMworld. Even Checkpoint was showing off their firewall integration within the virtualized environment. Are these really competing products or products that have unique uses within the virtual environment with just a bit of overlap?

Eucalyptus is a software stack that when added to a standard virtualized data-center or co-located server network, turns it into a Cloud which looks exactly like the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). It is a “self-build” Amazon Cloud kit. Just add hypervisor.

We consider Eucalyptus in the context of cloud to datacenter migrations, and standards for cloud APIs.

Veeam Management Suite

Leverage and protect your investments in VMware with the Veeam Management Suite. The Veeam Management Suite is a set of industry-leading solutions for VMware backup and management, designed to provide significant cost savings, increase administrator productivity, and mitigate daily management risks for VMware deployments of all sizes. This cost-effective solution will help you automate routine…

All there is to know about your VMware Infrastructure, in virtually no time.  Veeam Reporter automatically discovers and collects information about your VMware Infrastructure environment, its components and configuration settings, and provides comprehensive visual reports for analysis, documentation and decision-making support. The product is designed for professional use by ESX consultants, administrators, system integrators and…

  Automated reporting and change control for your VMware Infrastructure. Veeam Reporter Enterprise is the first reporting solution specifically designed for large VMware Infrastructure (VI) virtual environments. Veeam Reporter Enterprise for VMware Performance, Storage, Capacity reporting provides unattended data collection and scheduled or ad hoc reporting, as well as centralized data storage to help you discover,…

  The new standard for performance monitoring, capacity planning and troubleshooting for your entire VMware Infrastructure. Veeam Monitor is an easy to deploy, framework-independent solution for VMware ESX/ESXi performance monitoring that was created expressly to help you better manage the health and performance of your VMware Infrastructure (VI) environment. Veeam Monitor provides support for troubleshooting and…

Discover, manage and enforce your ESX servers’ configuration from a single interface.   Setting up and properly configuring your ESX servers isn’t difficult. But over time, things can change. How do you know which ESX servers are still configured as intended, and which have “drifted”? Veeam Configurator helps to ensure that your ESX server configuration…