Automate disaster recovery process with Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V: News roundup

Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V automates disaster recovery process; Vizioncore releases vFoglight 6.0; and other news.

Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V automates disaster recovery process
Microsoft Hyper-V shops can now have an automated disaster recovery process, similar to VMware shops that use Site Recovery Manager, thanks to the new Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V 5.5.

LSI is sampling the LSISAS2208 dual-core 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC) IC to OEM customers. The high-performance LSI SAS ROC is intended to support the next version of the vendor's PCI Express, version 3.0. It is also intended to provide I/O performance levels for the server platforms based on PCI Express 3.0 and flash-based solid state drive storage.

Per-processor licensing holds up VMware virtualisation push
Rod Gabriel, IT infrastructure engineer for the Grafton, Wisc.-based data processing firm, estimates that 90 to 95% of the company's x86 systems are virtualised across 10 VMware ESX hosts. But achieving 100% virtualisation remains out of reach. If UFS were to virtualise the application, Gabriel would need to configure it for eight virtual CPUs, or $136,000 -- four times as much as it currently pays. And that's not counting the cost of the underlying VMware layer. Vizioncore releases vFoglight 6.0
Data management vendor Vizioncore has announced a revamped version of vFoglight. The vFoglight 6.0 enables administrators to understand complex interactions among all the components within their virtual infrastructure. The latest version includes performance monitoring, capacity planning, service-level management and predictive alerts.

IT shops weigh Microsoft buy of Opalis Software
IT pros using Opalis Software have strong opinions on the pending Microsoft acquisition of Opalis, depending on how much they use the data center automation software. The deeper they are into Opalis' runbook automation and job scheduling features, and the more they lean on support, the more concerned they are.

CIOs lack confidence in consultants
Nearly half of the organisations independently surveyed by Sentrum admitted to using consultants to advise them on their data centre's development, but 23% said they believed they had been offered poor service. A quarter said they felt projects were deliberately over-specified to drive up fees. According to The Energy: the Currency of the Data Centre report, 91% of respondents said they would pay a higher fee for consultants if they were able to bring their project in under budget.

Shuttleworth to step down, narrow focus at Canonical
Mark Shuttleworth is relinquishing the CEO slot at Canonical Ltd. at a critical time for the company. Canonical has won acclaim with its popular Linux desktop but is striving for credibility and market share in data centre servers where Red Hat Linux dominates the Linux segment. And the company, funded by Shuttleworth, has yet to turn a profit.

Outsourcery launches dedicated Windows 2008 servers
Hosted IT company Outsourcery has launched a solution to allow UK businesses to host business applications or websites on their own dedicated server within the hosting provider's data centre, without having to buy and install it themselves. The dedicated Windows 2008 servers means customers won't have to share servers with other businesses, for increased data security. Outsourcery installs the Microsoft Windows Web Server 2008 operating system as standard.

HP blades and VMware save credit firm over £300,000
Within the first three months of installing a new virtual infrastructure based on Hewlett-Packard blade servers and VMware ESX virtualisation, credit information specialist Credit Market Analysis (CMA) saw its customer base jump from five to 65 companies.

Virtual Instruments announces SOS-4-SANs emergency troubleshooting services
Virtual Instruments has announced its SOS-4-SANs service for Global 2000 IT organisations experiencing Fibre Channel SAN availability or performance emergencies. The service will offer assistance to end users, integrators and SAN component vendors. NetWisdom and VirtualWisdom monitoring and analysis technologies are used to support enterprises running mission-critical applications.

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