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VMware presented a new virtualization products during its VMworld Europe 2009 conference in Cannes. Their names are vCenter Server Heartbeat and vShield. Both virtualization technologies bring it closer to supplying the data center operating system via its virtual machine management capabilities.
The company announced that the new name of "Virtual Center", its virtual machines provisioning and management server is now vCenter Server. In Cannes the virtualization producer presented vCenter Server Heartbeat, a software that enable IT engineers to monitor the central management server. VCenter Server Heartbeat works as automation solution which transfers operations to another physical server in the case of failure.
The new virtualization technology now makes possible for VMware to offer a greater guarantee of continuous operations, because it provides automated failover of the central VM management server.
VMware will sell VCenter Server Heartbeat for $4,995. The solution works in conjunction with vCenter Server, a product priced at $9,995.
The other data center product that VMware announced in the virtualization conference is vShield Zones. It is a virtual appliance for security which allows data center engineers to create logical zones with different levels of security based on groupings of virtual machines.
VMware executives explained that "instead of having to cordon off a group of Internet-facing servers with their own settings in a demilitarized zone, vShield allows a DMZ to be created among VMs that may be co-hosted on the same physical server with internal applications".
Using vShield, the enterprise users can segment applications based on their security needs and run them in a shared environment, covered by their zone's protections. The product will be released within the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2009. A beta release however is set to be released within a month or two.
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Citrix, the producer of paravirtualization technology solution Xen hopes to attract the virtualization industry attention next week when the company is about to release for free XenServer Enterprise Edition. The virtualization software producer however will remove some features from the free software package and move them into Essentials for XenServer, an application positioned in price range $1,500 - $5,000 per server node.
Some features of the former Enterprise Edition which will note be included in the free XenServer edition include Workflow Studio orchestration (used for automating common tasks), and StorageLink. StorageLink is a set of storage integration modules which enable system administrators to provision virtual machine storage directly from the XenServer management console.
Workflow Studio and StorageLink will be added to Essentials for Hyper-V and XenServer.
According to popular media that covers virtualization industry - Virtualization.info at least "three things seem true in the virtualization industry".
The first one according to the media is that it does not matter how many times a vendor repeats that free software doesn’t compete against a feature-rich end-to-end solutions. "It will end up offering a free hypervisor", says Virtualization.info.
Alessandro Perilli, founder of Virtualization.info suggests that "it doesn’t matter how many surprises a vendor can pack for its premier conference, its competitors will do their best to steal the thunder".
The third conclusion of Mr. Perilli is that it "does not matter how many NDAs a vendor puts in place to embargo its most amazing announcement, the news will leak out even before hang up the conference call".
In an article titled "Citrix, Microsoft, and Red Hat or Novell gang up on VMware" Stephen Vaughn-Nichols said that Citrix will announce its free version of XenServer hypervisor during the VMware VMworld Europe 2009 conference.
Citrix is expected to lose some revenue with the release of free XenServer. The company plans to compensate it from increased sales of the Citrix Essentials new management package called. As mentioned above it will be available in 2 editions, which will cost between $1,500 and $5,000 per server. One of them will be for XenServer, the other one for Microsoft Hyper-V.
Industry analysts have already commented that the free version of XenServer will appeal to small and medium-sized businesses, that starting out with virtualization.