EMC, HP Protect VMware Environments

VMware (NYSE: VMW) and server virtualization have become just about the biggest issue for data storage teams in recent years, so it’s not surprising that storage vendors are out in force at VMworld this week with products to protect virtual server environments.

EMC (NYSE: EMC), HP (NYSE: HPQ), Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD), FalconStor (NASDAQ: FALC), Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) and NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) are just some of the data storage companies planning product announcements at this week’s VMworld conference.

What’s missing so far is an announcement of an expected partnership between EMC, VMware and Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) first reported by Enterprise Storage Forum earlier this month, although an announcement could come at the “super sessions” tomorrow afternoon.

EMC announced that it has boosted its alliance with its VMware subsidiary with an agreement to resell VMware vCenter AppSpeed. Along with EMC’s Ionix IT management portfolio, the joint offering will diagnose and correct application performance problems in virtual server environments. EMC will also offer new virtualization services, and the company also announced the acquisition of virtual application management firm FastScale Technology for its IT management portfolio, further moving the company from its core data storage business into the broader IT management space.

HP said its HP StorageWorks Command View Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) management suite now operates within a VMware virtual machine to simplify storage management, reduce infrastructure costs and save rack space by allowing Command View to be moved from a physical server to a virtual machine. The new capability allows users to monitor and configure HP EVAs from the same server they manage their virtual server infrastructure on. HP also announced the HP SAN Readiness Assessment for Server Virtualization service, with pricing starting at $18,500.

Brocade announced a number of new features to give SANs better awareness and visibility of virtual machines. Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) 10.3 has been optimized for server virtualization, as have the company’s Fibre Channel adapters and switches. DCFM 10.3 is expected to be available in September from Brocade OEMs and resellers, while a management plug-in for VMware is in early development and is expected to be available in mid-2010.

HDS announced new Data Protection and Disaster Recovery solutions for VMware vSphere 4, combining the company’s hardware and software with technologies from partners Brocade, Cisco, CommVault (NASDAQ: CVLT) and Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC).

FalconStor Software unveiled new storage management and disaster recovery extensions for VMware vCenter Server and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager that provide virtual machine storage provisioning and automated failback of remote virtual machines to the primary data center. FalconStor is also demonstrating its new File-interface deduplication System Virtual Appliance (FDS VA) for VMware vSphere 4 environments.

Dell is expected to expand its switch relationship with Brocade, and NetApp said it is “offering up to $1 million of NetApp technology and services to a new NetApp customer to further prove NetApp’s efficiency in VMware environments.”

Mellanox (NASDAQ: MLNX) announced the availability of its ConnectX-2 line of I/O adapter device products, which offer 40Gbps InfiniBand, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) or Fibre Channel over InfiniBand (FCoIB).

DataCore Software will show off its Advanced Site Recovery (ASR) solution, which lets IT assets at remote office and branch offices (ROBOs) take over for the main data center when the central machines are unable to meet processing obligations.

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) will demonstrate a secure migration of a live virtualized application and its storage to and from the cloud with no downtime or user disruption.

Adaptec (NASDAQ: ADPT) will showcase its high-performance hybrid SSD/HDD controller and array technology, while Pivot3 will add Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) “Nehalem” power to its Serverless Computing platform to boost performance in virtualization environments.

Neverfail announced Neverfail vAppHA to protect against application outages in virtual machines, and Asigra will showcase its latest Cloud Backup platform, Asigra v9.

Double-Take Software (NASDAQ: DBTK) said Double-Take Move 5.2 now comes with full VMware vSphere 4 support, and the company also announced VMware Ready certification for Double-Take Flex Storage Server.

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Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for Time.com, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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