Archive for May, 2006
Today VMware had released the Release Candidate of VirtualCenter 2.0 and an updated release candidate of ESX 3.0 This now means that both products are in the Release Candidate state and should be steaming toward general availability. As far as I can tell the beta program is now closed for customers to join, so only excisting beta participants can enjoy this update.
Microsoft is developing their new System Center Virtual Machine Manager, one of the key new feathers of this product is a self-service provisioning system
According to the microsoft product page: Virtual infrastructure is commonly used in test and development environments where there is consistent provisioning and teardown of virtual machines for testing purposes. This task is far easier with virtual machines than with physical hardware, and Virtual Machine Manager enables delegation to end users with control and manageability by the administrator. The administrator can selectively extend the service to users, each user is associated with a limited set of physical hosts or host groups on which they can provision new virtual machines. The administrator can even setup quotas to limit physical resource over allocation to a given user and lease times to confirm proper tear down of the virtual machine. The end user is presented with a very simple web page that enables virtual machine provisioning within these controls preset by the administrator.
Looking forward to seenig the beta
Microsoft is really starting to take virtualization serious. Besides working on their own hypervisor, they are now also looking at application virtualization. They are in talks with Softricity to buy them, giving them an application virtualization technology that directly competes against Citrix’s Tarpon technology. According to some sources the deal is almost completed.
CRN and some other sources are talking about this interesting take-over. Read the CRN article here
vizioncore, one of the companies that make additional management solutions for VMware virtualization environments released today a bundle of all their three products in one. This happy meal is called esxEssentials. It contains esxRanger (a backup solution), esxCharter (a performance monitor tool) and esxReplicator (replication tool for virtual machines). The package will set you back $899 per cpu and will allow vizioncore to upsell all their products easier to their customers.
More information about the release you can find on http://www.vizioncore.com
After another successful Technical Solutions eXchange in Paris last April, VMware is also now available in the USA. The American version of TSX is only available for VMware Certified Professionals that work for VMware channel partners. The event is a Techie only event and will update the attendees on the latest virtualization technologies.
Here some examples of the technical tracks delivered at TSX USA:
More information about TSX USA here: