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Convirture Releases New Version of ConVirt Enterprise with Hyper-V Cluster Management and Live Migration

Convirture has released a new version of its ConVirt Enterprise virtual and cloud management solution that adds support for Microsoft Hyper-V clusters as well as live migration capabilities. For datacenter managers that are also managing cloud platforms,  ConVirt Enterprise Cloud now supports Amazon Virtual Private Clouds that are part of their EC2 infrastructure.

ConVirt tackles a very complex and growing problem with a very simple solution: As data centers become more complex with multiple virtual and cloud environments, the need to manage it all with a 'single-pane-of-glass' is not a luxury, but a necessity. ConVirt offers sophisticated management capabilities for virtual and cloud platforms, including KVM, Xen, Hyper-V, VMware and Amazon EC2, at a fraction of the cost of the dedicated point solutions that are available for each individual technology.

Beyond providing a comprehensive virtual and cloud management tool, ConVirt provides sophisticated functional capabilities for each individual platform. So ConVirt does not merely manage the native toolsets that are available for each platform. Instead, it adds features so that all platforms that are being managed by ConVirt are brought to a level of usability and functionality that is simply not possible with native virtualization and cloud management tools.

"The additional support for Hyper-V clustering and live migration, along with the Amazon VPC capabilities really brings another dimension of flexibility and usefulness to our customers," said Arsalan Farooq, CEO of Convirture. "When we launched the new version of ConVirt in January that added management support for Hyper-V, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Microsoft has done a good job of making clustering easily deployable for their user base, so it is no surprise the single most requested new feature since our January launch was the ability for ConVirt to effectively manage Hyper-V clusters without the need to buy System Center. On the cloud side, as more of our customers shift workloads to Amazon EC2, management of VPCs from within ConVirt makes it that much simpler to manage all virtual and cloud assets from that single pane of glass."

Highlights of New Features in ConVirt Enterprise:

  • Hyper-V cluster support: Data center managers can now manage the full virtual machine life cycle on Hyper-V clusters from ConVirt without needing System Center. This includes the ability to use and manage Hyper-V environments for high availability and failover purposes, as well as resource pooling, all managed via ConVirt Enterprise.
  • Hyper-V migration : Support for live migration of virtual machines with or without shared storage. This provides a cost-effective and simple means to balance Hyper-V workloads, perform maintenance on servers and move workloads from staging to production, all with no interruption or system downtime.
Highlights of New Features in ConVirt Enterprise Cloud ConVirt Enterprise Cloud includes all the features of ConVirt Enterprise and adds support for widely used cloud platforms including Amazon EC2, Eucalyptus and OpenStack.

This new version of ConVirt specifically adds:

  • The ability to manage Virtual Private Clouds (VPC). Users can provision and manage virtual machines on subnets within the VPC.
  • Management of resources of multiple VPCs (from single or different regions) within a single Virtual Data Center abstraction provided by ConVirt.

All version of ConVirt Enterprise will also include:

  • Self-service functions, including snapshots that enable self-service Hyper-V and VMware users to take and manage snapshots via the ConVirt console. Self-service users can also now edit CPU and memory resources for existing virtual machines.
  • Various usability and performance improvement's including  noVNC integration for Xen and KVM virtual machine access as well significant improvements in dashboard performance.

Pricing and availability

ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise Cloud with Hyper-V cluster and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud support is now available directly from Convirture at Volume pricing for an annual subscription starts at $449 per host for single socket servers. Users of ConVirt 3.0 with a current Gold Support and Maintenance package will receive Hyper-V support as a free update.
Published Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:35 AM by David Marshall
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