Virtualization Technology News and Information
PHD Technologies Rebrands as PHD Virtual and Offers Free Virtualization Tools
PHD Virtual Technologies, provider of the leading esXpress high availability data protection solution for virtual IT, was unveiled today as the new corporate brand for PHD Technologies. Along with the new corporate identity, PHD Virtual is also introducing its new Web presence,, featuring free virtualization utility downloads.


"Progressively more enterprises are adopting virtualization for its efficiency, availability, flexibility and manageability," said Joe Julian, executive chairman, PHD Virtual. "However, virtual enterprises are only as available as their data protection solution. That's the core message of the new PHD Virtual brand. Our esXpress solution, which won two data protection awards last year, is the only truly scalable solution to the complex high availability data protection challenges of the virtual enterprise."


As a demonstration of PHD Virtual's longstanding commitment to the virtual enterprise, the company is offering a number of free virtualization utilities, originally developed by xtravirt, on its new website.


"These free utilities are aimed at enabling customers to optimize their virtual environments with free products to help plan, configure, snapshot and automate repetitive tasks so that they may save time and avoid data loss," said Alex Mittel, director of engineering at PHD Virtual and former founder of xtravirt. "They offer valueable, yet easy to implment, solutions to common virtual infrastructure challenges."


PHD Virtual's free utilities include:

  • VMNetBac 1.2.0 - VMNetBac allows customers to backup and restore the network configuration of a virtual machine. VMNetBac is a quick recovery tool to minimize the risk of losing network configurations when intrusive or mass-upgrade type tasks are performed.
  • Virtual SAN 1.0.0 - This Virtual SAN appliance for VMware ESX 3 Server provides the benefits of shared VMFS storage without the cost of a SAN. It utilizes, otherwise unused, local storage in the ESX server to facilitate enterprise-level features such as vMotion, DRS and HA.
  • SnapHunter 0.5.3 - SnapHunter is an ESX 3 Service Console utility which reports back on the Snapshot status of virtual machines from multiple ESX Servers.
  • KS QuickConfig 1.3.0 - KS QuickConfig is a Windows GUI utility that reduces the time needed to deploy and configure VMware ESX 3 servers, and to eliminate inconsistencies that can arise with manual operations.



The new PHD Virtual site also provides a full-featured trial download of the company's award winning, scalable esXpress data protection solution for virtual IT. esXpress enables companies to perform autonomous, fault-tolerant backup and restoration of an entire virtual environment in less time at lower cost with a virtual backup appliance (VBA). These small virtual machines can be deployed in minutes on an ESX server to autonomously conduct hot full or "virtual full" backups of virtual machines. esXpress can be deployed with minimal impact on virtual server, console or network performance and requires no additional hardware or software investment.

Published Wednesday, March 25, 2009 7:55 AM by David Marshall
There are no comments for this post.
To post a comment, you must be a registered user. Registration is free and easy! Sign up now!
<March 2009>