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Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 allows enterprises to deploy an IT infrastructure for traditional virtualization workloads

Red Hat 

Red Hat announced Wednesday general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5, allowing enterprises to deploy an IT infrastructure that services traditional virtualization workloads while creating an enterprise-grade foundation for cloud infrastructure.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 delivers standardized services for mission critical workloads, and offers IT organizations enhanced visibility into provisioning, configuring and monitoring of their virtualization infrastructure, based on open standards.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offers complete enterprise virtualization management for servers and desktops on the same infrastructure. Built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it delivers reliable business agility and continuity for critical Linux and Microsoft Windows workloads at the scale needed. As its part of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, clients can prepare for the cloud for a lot less than proprietary virtualization solutions.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 features lifecycle management and provisioning of bare-metal hosts through integration with Red Hat Satellite, computes resource optimization through advanced real-time analytics with oVirt Optimizer integration. This enables users to identify the balance of resource allocation that best meets their needs, while provisioning new virtual machines.

By transitioning workloads from physical servers to virtual machines (VMs), data center consolidation increases the utilization and agility of computing resources while reducing operational costs with more competent use of power and space. Capital cost savings in server hardware is the most immediate benefit and can range from a reduction of 40 to 75 percent.

The operations team also benefits from the reduced requirements for space and power and from the improved ongoing management of servers. For new server hardware, more can be done with less as multiple workloads (running on VMs) can use shared physical servers.

Virtual machines can also be provisioned much more rapidly than physical servers. High availability and rapid recovery are built into the solution at a much lower cost than with physical servers, leading to cost savings benefits for ongoing business continuity.

With Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, users can take advantage of existing people skills and investments, decrease total cost of ownership and boost return on investment, while automate time-consuming and complicated manual tasks, and standardizing storage, infrastructure, and networking services on OpenStack. Built from open standards and APIs with an active community of contributors, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization prevents proprietary vendor lock-in at lowest TCO among enterprise virtualization platforms.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 also includes workload performance and scalability provided through non-uniform memory access (NUMA) support, which is extended to host NUMA, guest pinning and virtual NUMA. This allows users to deploy highly scalable workloads with improved performance and minimizes resource overload related to physical memory access times.

The offering also offers enhanced disaster recovery through improved storage domain handling, providing support for migrating storage domains between different data centers supported by Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, enabling partner technologies to deliver site recovery capabilities.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization also serves as an ideal foundation for both traditional virtualization and highly flexible cloud-enabled workloads built on OpenStack.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 includes features that enhance this foundation for cloud-enabled workloads by integrating and sharing common services with OpenStack Image Service (Glance) and OpenStack Networking (Neutron), available as a Tech Preview, enabling administrators to break down silos and to deploy resources once across the infrastructure. It also offers instance types that unify the process of provisioning virtual machines for both virtual and cloud-enabled workloads.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 is available as a standalone offering including hypervisor and manager for virtualized enterprise workloads for supported guest operating systems.

 As an integrated offering called Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Smart Virtualization, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 is targeted at users aiming to maximize benefits of their virtualized infrastructure with Linux workloads. This offering combines innovation, performance, scalability, reliability and security features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with the advanced virtualization management capabilities of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

Through Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 becomes a comprehensive solution that supports organizations on their journey from traditional data center virtualization to OpenStack-powered clouds. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure is a single subscription offering that includes Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.


Catalogic ECX 2.0 enables users to manage, orchestrate, analyze copy data across data lifecycle

Catalogic Software 

Catalogic Software announced Tuesday general availability of ECX 2.0, its copy data management platform that manages the full lifecycle of copy data, allowing IT organizations to leverage data copies to enable mission critical business operations, while streamlining operations and reducing capital and operating expenditures. 

ECX is a Copy Data management platform that manages the full lifecycle of Copy Data, from creation, to usage for various business functions, to deletion and space reclamation. ECX is a software only solution, deployed as a virtual appliance that allows the IT team to leverage the existing storage investment it has made, while making it easy for the IT team to deliver data copies needed to drive automated uses cases like recovery, disaster recovery, DevOps, analytics, and test/development.

Having completed an extensive “early access” program early this year, ECX 2.0 is already in production in dozens of major IT environments across the globe.  ECX is distributed worldwide through Catalogic’s network of value added resellers and distributors.

Currently available at prices starting at USD$5000 per controller, ECX 2.0 enables simple one-click automation for copy data workflows—from creation of copies, to usage, to expiration and reclamation. Creating these workflows through ECX saves administrators time, drives repeatability of best practices, and reduces the sprawl of snapshots that never get leveraged.  In doing so, ECX drives out complexity and significantly reduces capital and operating expenditures.

By providing an actionable catalog, ECX provides storage administrators a path to overcome the copy data challenge in their enterprise, and leverage these data copies for operational efficiency and business agility.

ECX goes further by delivering SLA compliance and recovery assurance by enabling exception-based reporting on all policies that are managed, as well as detailed logging which allows IT to troubleshoot failures faster and help get the systems back into compliance.

Copies are created in order to be used for a business function. Leveraging Copy Data across the enterprise and cloud for multiple use cases must be one of the key value drivers of a Copy Data Management solution. ECX allows IT to automate and orchestrate otherwise complex data reuse scenarios for multiple business solutions, including storage and VMware infrastructures.

Visibility and insight are critical to managing any environment. Catalogic ECX provides detailed insight and analytics through advanced search, customized reporting and file level analytics. The ECX software platform is hardware and hypervisor agnostic, integrating with the copy and replication capabilities of ecosystem partners through extensible plug-is.

The analytics offered by ECX can throw insight to the IT team, and enable them to take steps to better plan how to get better control of the data in the environment, facilitate numerous business operations, including data migrations to Clustered ONTAP, and get exception based and service-level based reporting to manage and diagnose environments faster and help ensure SLAs and compliance.

ECX 2.0’s currently supported platforms include NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP, ONTAP 7-mode, CLOUD ONTAP and VMware.

Customers using NetApp Snapshots, SnapManagers, SnapVault and SnapMirror or VMware’s snapshot and cloning capabilities can now leverage ECX to adopt comprehensive copy data management solution. Support for other storage platforms and hypervisors will expand rapidly as Catalogic continually tests and certifies new products.

With ECX, users can align Snapshots, SnapMirrors and SnapVaults deployed across the environment, including cloud, with the SLAs that are established by the enterprise. It comes with simple, one-click automation for copy data workflows for NetApp and VMware environments, allow IT team to establish policies that are optimized for the business processes they support, removes dependencies on hard to maintain scripts that often fail and do not provide IT team with any reporting or insight when they do, while taking advantage of service level reporting and allowing the IT team to manage and diagnose failures faster.

Arcserve introduces UDP 7000 data protection appliance to boost backup and recovery


Arcserve LLC debuted its complete data protection appliance, and bring cost effective, “set and forget” backup and recovery to simplify disaster recovery activities for SMB and mid-market organizations.

The Arcserve UDP 7000 Appliance portfolio is powered by Arcserve UDP, a next generation unified architecture for both virtual and physical environments. It can fit into a traditional software / server UDP deployment with the same feature set, and is managed from the same console. The Arcserve UDP drives a range of efficient and integrated data protection capabilities through a simple, web-based user console.

Currently available for pre-orders, the Arcserve UDP 7000 Appliance will be available to the SMB market in North America in March, with availability in other countries by this fall.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Arcserve has an active customer base of 43,000 end users in more than 50 countries, and partners with over 7,500 distributors, resellers and service providers around the world.

Architected with cloud-native capabilities, the Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP) 7000 appliance comes with ease of deployment and usability combine with a set of features such as global source-based deduplication, multi-site replication, tape support and automated data recovery capabilities. It delivers operational agility and efficiency, and simplifies disaster recovery activities.

Developed with a global hardware partner, UDP appliances can also fit into a traditional UDP deployment (software/server) and provide the same feature set. Appliances are totally inter-operable and can replicate to or from other UDP appliances and UDP software instances. No extra per-socket or per-server licenses are needed for servers backed up to the appliance.

The Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP) 7000 appliance leverages a combination of SATA and SSD drives for optimized performance, provides features and capabilities of Arcserve Unified Data Protection in an all-in-one appliance. It offers a unified management console, with simple plan-based data protection policies, host-based, agentless backup for vSphere and Hyper-V, with global deduplication, encryption, compression and WAN (wide area network) optimized replication.

Unlike other vendors, Arcserve’s appliance does not consume any of the customer’s storage capacity for post-processing deduplication. It offers local/remote virtual standby, BMR, and high availability and tape backup option.

Arcserve UDP appliances can be deployed to optimize multiple deployment and bring to users single site protection for physical or virtual systems, primary site protection combined with copy to a cloud or managed service provider, apart from providing cross site protection between two sites, a central appliance site with multiple branch offices, or a hybrid deployment with multiple modalities: on premise local, remote and cloud combined.

VMware vCloud Government Service caters to hybrid cloud needs of federal users


VMware launched Thursday enterprise-class hydrid cloud service for U.S. public sector organizations to realize the government’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) provisional authority to operate.

The general availability of VMware vCloud Government Service provided by Carpathia has achieved the Provisional Authority to Operate (ATO). FedRAMP ATO is mandatory for any cloud service provider serving the Federal government, and VMware's offering is now generally available to U.S. government and defense organizations.

VMware vCloud Government Service, an infrastructure-as-a-service hybrid cloud, is based on the VMware vSphere platform used by cabinet level agencies, military services, the Department of Defense, and the judicial and legislative branches of government.

VMware vCloud Government Service offers data center consolidation and automation, business continuity and disaster recovery, business agility and IT-as-a-Service, private and public cloud integration, along with workforce mobility and remote access.

"Much of U.S. government IT runs on VMware virtual infrastructure, and VMware vCloud Government Service provided by Carpathia will enable agencies to extend their infrastructure to the cloud by leveraging the technology and personnel investments they have already made," said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. "Being able to offer a FedRAMP authorized cloud solution to a market segment with such broad adoption of our vSphere technology is critical to providing Federal organizations the best alternatives as they increasingly turn to cloud computing to reduce costs, expand IT resources and services, and improve service levels to users."

The architecture incorporates many of VMware’s advanced capabilities including VMware NSX network and security virtualization, vSphere vMotion for data and storage migration, and others.

VMware NSX also allows granular network security, with distributed policy enforcement at every virtual interface and in-kernel scale-out firewalling distributed to every hypervisor and baked into the platform. With VMware NSX, vCloud Government Service can extend a logical network across both the public and private cloud, empowering customers to quickly provision applications with full network and security policy portability across the hybrid cloud without ever having to touch the physical infrastructure.

VMware NSX also allows granular network security, with distributed policy enforcement at every virtual interface and in-kernel scale-out firewalling distributed to every hypervisor and baked into the platform.

Organizations investing in vCloud Government Service can expect to move workloads seamlessly between their internal resources and the cloud due to the compatibility between vSphere-based virtual infrastructure in the data center and vCloud Government Service.

This is ideal for government agencies seeking to augment existing IT infrastructure capacity, enhance continuity of operations and disaster recovery, facilitate application development and testing operations, and host standard, packaged applications such as email and collaboration - without re-architecting for new infrastructure or retraining personnel on net-new technologies, tools and processes.

Xangati boosts XSR12 analytics software to improve cloud, mobile, security virtualized infrastructures and applications


Xangati advanced on Tuesday its XSR12 service assurance analytics software to enhance virtual infrastructure administrators’ ability to provide more predictive performance from their growing IT infrastructure investments, while ensuring a superior end-user experience of physical and virtual desktops, servers, switches, applications and services as well as BYO mobile devices.

Xangati’s XSR12 service assurance analytics software has been upgraded to enhance the virtual infrastructure (VI) administrator’s ability to provide more predictive performance from their growing IT infrastructure investments while ensuring a superior end-user experience of physical and virtual servers, switches, applications and services.

XSR12 improves the industry’s VI performance monitoring toolset, used by large number of enterprises to gain greater leverage from their existing IT infrastructure, while assuring a superior end-user experience with support for Linux, new hardware and scalability to support demanding virtualized environments in the world with second-by-second granularity, predictive analytics, prescriptive advice for IT and the ability to anticipate and avert application performance issues such as support for physical/non-supported virtual XenApp servers and ecosystem, support for XenApp visibility in absence of AppFlow data, and visual topology for end-to-end display.

In previous XSR releases, detailed information was collected from physical and virtual Windows desktops and servers via the WMI protocol. In XSR12, this support has been extended to include Linux physical and virtual desktops and servers, which are accessed with the SSH protocol using valid credentials. Current metrics include network packet and bit rate, percentage of CPU power and memory used, as well as disk metrics for the machines and processes running on Linux.

Xangati has instinctively discovered the physical and virtual IT infrastructure automatically, and mapped out the interdependencies in order to fuel the sophisticated analytics that determine the root cause of a resource contention storm and prescribe actions to keep operations running smoothly. In XSR12U1, Xangati will display this topology information and graphically show the highest users of each IT resource.

Additionally, Xangati StormTracker, which predicts resource contention storms and gives prescriptive guidance on actions that should be taken to avoid future storms, has been enhanced to take into account key metrics collected from Citrix XenApp. Further, WMI protocol support was enhanced to scale to larger of machines. Lastly, UCS-VMFEX support is now included.

New logon reports for VMware Horizon with View, Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp detail key information including user’s name, TCP/IP address, date and time of logon, duration of logon, total number of logons and average logon duration.

For virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments, Xangati has enhanced support for Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix XenApp or VMware Horizon with View to ensure a greater degree of data integrity extracted from the end-to-end infrastructure including BYO mobile clients in relation to actual real-time demands and impacts of virtualized applications.

Security and performance visibility has also been extended to Cisco ASA firewalls via the NetFlow protocol, to collect detailed networking statistics that are the circulatory system of the data center and an end-user quality experience gauge of virtualized applications. This information is commonly used to find bandwidth hogs, do cyber forensics and isolate application performance bottlenecks.

Last month, Xangati announced that the XSR12 release of its VDI, VirtualApp and WebApp Suites has been verified as Citrix Ready with Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp and NetScaler. Xangati XSR12 completed a rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix’s latest products, which are at the heart of cloud and mobile initiatives world-wide.

Based on its Citrix Ready status, Xangati is recommended to customers as a trusted third-party solution. Citrix enables applications to be deployed in the cloud, on-premise and in hybrid environments and to be accessible by mobile devices anywhere.

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