Racemi Connects Dots Among VMware, Xen, Hyper-V Servers

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-24 Print this article Print

DynaCenter automates movement of entire server images and relocates them with all their connections to another physical or virtual server.

IT departments that have been forced to juggle virtual servers in separate VMware, Citrix Xen and Microsoft Hyper-V deployments now have an option that dispenses with most of that extra work. 

Provisioning and automation software maker Racemi came out Feb. 23 with a virtual server that can migrate automatically to differing virtual machines, thus enabling conversions between VMware, Xen and Hyper-V virtual servers in any combination or direction. It also works with physical server images. 

Racemi's DynaCenter automates the movement of entire server images, including operating systems, storage and network configurations, and applications, and relocates them with all their connections to another physical or virtual server. The make of server is immaterial. 

"We're enabling enterprises new levels of freedom to move among different virtual server technologies without the expense of rebuilding applications or concerns with lock-in," said Racemi CEO Lawrence Guillory.  

"In addition, this helps both enterprises and service providers move server workloads into clouds as most use Xen technology, while enterprises mostly have been using VMware." 

Racemi's DynaCenter compares the configurations of the source and destination servers and reconfigures the necessary components and device drivers "in-flight" to ensure that the image can be run on the new server, Guillory said. 

Supported operating systems include Windows, Linux, Oracle's Solaris and IBM's AIX. Supported hypervisors include VMware's ESX, Microsoft's Hyper-V, the open-source Xen hypervisor, IBM Logical Partitions (LPARs) and Oracle/Sun's Logical Domains (LDOMs). 

Racemi, founded in 2001 and based in Atlanta, describes itself as a business systems portability company that provides bridges for physical and virtual migration, disaster recovery, image capture, and deployment across dissimilar hardware. 

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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