Virtualization management software vendors, including Kace, Vizioncore, Reflex Systems and Sychron, are using VMworld 2009 to launch new and enhanced offerings touching on everything from server and desktop virtualization to application virtualization. The offerings are all designed to make it easier to manage the growing virtualized environments and lower costs.
With the adoption of server, desktop and application virtualization gaining
ground in enterprises, a host of vendors are looking for ways to help companies
manage their growing virtualized environments.
Many of these vendors-including Kace, Vizioncore, Reflex Systems and
Sychron-are unveiling new offerings at the VMworld 2009 show, which runs Aug.
31-Sept. 3 in San Francisco.
Kace Aug. 31 rolled out the latest version of Kace Virtual Kontainers, its
application virtualization technology. Kace Virtual Kontainers 2.0 offers
greater application compatibility and easier patching and updating
Lubos Parobek, vice president of product management at Kace, said in an
interview that the vendor is looking to make it easier and less costly for
businesses to adopt application virtualization, where the application is
separated from the operating system.
Kace Virtual Kontainers 2.0 offers a signature update service that enables
businesses to more easily add support for changes to Windows, middleware and
new applications. The new version also makes it easier to directly update,
patch and modify existing packages of virtualized applications without having
to start over with each change.
It also offers command-line capabilities, enabling IT professionals to
create Kontainer packages from the command line, and a self-service user
portal, accessible through a Web browser.
"This is really helpful for administrators who have to deal with a lot of ad
hoc deployments," said Bob Kelly, senior product manager at Kace.
Vizioncore is bundling its entire solutions set into a single package called
vEssentials Complete. The offering covers the entire life cycle of virtual
machine management, according to company officials. The company announced the
new offering Aug. 31.
Vizioncore already offered vEssentials, through which customers can pick any
three Vizioncore management products. With vEssentials Complete, businesses get
all six stages of VM management. The latter is for SMBs that run VMware's
virtualization platform, vSphere Standard Edition or higher, according to the
Reflex Systems Aug. 31 rolled out VMC Version
2.0, which offers a host of new security and management capabilities as well as
features aimed at the cloud. Focusing on security as well as management makes
sense, Reflex CEO Pete Privateer said in an
"Security and management are just two faces of the same coin," Privateer
Reflex's policy enforcement technology, vTrust, now includes infrastructure
and compliance policy settings, to go along with the network policy
capabilities that already were in place. Storage, memory and CPU levels now can
be used to set policies that can then be leveraged to provision virtual
machines, mete out resources and respond to security events.
The management software also now can keep track of applications on each VM
without having to have an agent or system scanning, making for easier
management of the virtual machines.
VMC 2.0 also includes role-based access
control for VMs and other virtual infrastructure, and administrators can
determine access levels based on the infrastructure and security policies
managed by Reflex VMC.
On the cloud computing side, Reflex's new version of VMC
comes with an optional API for the cloud,
which enables service providers and larger businesses to manage security and
compliance for each cloud tenant without the need for external hardware.
Sychron is expanding its OnDemand Desktop VDI (virtual desktop
infrastructure) management offering with a new interface for its Enterprise
Manager, a single place where users can handle everything from portals to
groups of users to clusters across a variety of hypervisor environments for
tasks such as provisioning, according to Sychron officials.
OnDemand Desktop 4.0 is highly agnostic. It works with virtualization
technology from both VMware's ESX and Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisors, and will
be adding XenServer support from Citrix Systems in the future, Paul Sexauer,
senior vice president of sales and marketing at Sychron, said in an interview.
"There are no limitations from a hypervisor perspective," Sexauer said.
It also works with any device type, from traditional desktops to thin
Sychron's new offering also comes with an integrated connection broker,
which offers a provisioning engine and load balancing capability in the same
place, which removes the need for other software components.
In addition, OnDemand Desktop 4.0 lets businesses scale their virtualized
desktop environments, which will be important as enterprises look to move those
environments from controlled tests to wider production employment, Sexauer said.