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VMworld Opens With Much Virtual Fan Fare




Monday is the start of VMware’s VMworld conference, which celebrates all things related to
virtualization. A raft of companies in the virtualization market are scheduled to make
announcements of new products and services ready or near-ready to launch.

It’s off to the races for VMworld 2009, as VMware and its ecosystem partners focus on all things virtual.

The flood of announcements began last week with news from IBM,
Tranxition
, and many other
virtualization providers
. The conference even
boosted the stock market
on rumors that an acquisition or partnership might be
announced there.

Top of the list of noisemakers was VMware itself. The company announced there has been 350,000 downloads of its new cloud operating system, vSphere 4.0, during the first 12 weeks of availability. VMware also said a poll of its users showed 75 percent plan to upgrade to vSphere 4.0 in the next 6 months.

BMC’s private cloud management

Next in line was BMC with two announcements, one concerning VMware and one concerning
private cloud management.

The company announced that its BSM platform can now detect VMware VMotion events and
help the infrastructure handle and record changes in the location of virtual
machines.

“It’s very easy for a highly complex virtual or cloud IT environment to spiral out of
control, so it’s critical that organizations have the proper mechanisms in place to
ensure changes and events are promptly detected, well documented and reacted upon
appropriately,” said Kia Behnia, BMC’s CTO, in a statement.

BMC also announced BMC for Virtualization and BMC for Cloud Computing, products
designed to help enterprises maintain compliance and security while allowing them to use
virtualization, private cloud, and public cloud technologies.

“The result is simplified and streamlined deployment of low-cost virtualized
environments, application resources, private clouds and public cloud computing platforms
such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This is a stark contrast to virtual-only
niche solutions that fragment IT environments and increase cost,” BMC said.

Many more at the table

Braintree Payment Solutions, a cloud computing restaurant industry vertical
specialist, said that it is aiding PCI compliance at reservation engine Open Table by
allowing Open Table to store tokens rather than actual credit card numbers in its
databases.

Another vendor, Precise, is announcing that its Transaction Performance Management
(TPM) solution is being used by VMworld exhibitor and hosting and network provider Savvis
to manage outsourced infrastructure run by Savvis for its customers.

VMLogix, another VMworld exhibitor, will be showing off VMLogix LabManager 3.8,
announced last week. The updated virtualization manager now supports vSphere 4.0 and also
supports Microsoft’s latest hypervisor, Windows Server 2008 R2. It also supports more
complex routing configurations.

“Our newest release offers capabilities that make it even easier for organizations to
integrate their virtual labs into their infrastructure as well as manage virtual machine
instances within their deployment,” said Sameer Dholakia, VMLogix CEO, in a
statement.

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Article courtesy of InternetNews.com

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