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Is VMware losing its hold over its third-party software ecosystem?

VMworld is only a week away. For virtualization enthusiasts, this has been the must-see show for years, and that doesn't seem to be changing. I've always enjoyed the show's large solution exchange where VMware, its partners, and competitors from around the globe come together under one roof to show off their virtualization wares.

This year's show in Las Vegas should be no different, except that attendees can expect more and more third-party vendors to become multi-hypervisor capable and to support heterogeneous virtualization and cloud environments rather than focusing support on VMware alone. VMware is still the big dog on campus -- this is its show, after all; but the word "heterogeneous" will be thrown around as each vendor tries to differentiate itself from VMware's software management stack.

One of the companies I recently spoke with, VMTurbo, earlier this month added support for Microsoft Hyper-V into its virtualization and cloud management software and will be showing off this new version at VMworld.

The company's solution focuses on items such as infrastructure monitoring, performance reporting, problem detection, and capacity reporting. The latest release added a number of new enhancements, such as updates for its policy builder, improvements to its user interface, support for automated VM configurations in response to VMTurbo performance recommendations, email notification policy enhancements, as well as automated storage vMotion updates. VMTurbo added two other cool new template capabilities: one to help with the price/performance benefit analysis between two different hardware vendors and the other to help simulate the work load of various VMs with application stacks that may not currently exist in inventory.

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Read the entire InfoWorld Virtualization Report article.

 

Published Monday, August 22, 2011 12:36 PM by David Marshall
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