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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- DataCore Software, the leading provider of storage virtualization and management software, today announced that DNS, a major distributor of networking, storage, servers, security and "best in class" virtual infrastructure products in Denmark and Sweden, has been appointed as a distributor for all DataCore solutions. "Adding DNS as one of our distribution partners is a significant value-add for expansion of DataCore's channel into Scandinavia," said Nick Broadbent, UK Managing Director & EMEA Operations, DataCore Software. "It's a market that has matured dramatically over the past two years in terms of adoption of virtualization technology, and this relationship will allow us to reach partners via a distributor that has strong support and training capabilities and specializes in recommending an entire virtual infrastruct... (more)

On the Cusp of Its IPO, VMware is Spreading Into Hosting

On the cusp of its IPO, VMware is spreading into hosting. Wednesday it announced a Service Provider Program for web hosting services, telecommunications companies and outsourcers to use its Infrastructure Suite to sell virtual servers as a service offering. VMware has dreamed up a new licensing model to charge hosters on a per-virtual machine/per-month basis that they can pass along as utility computing. End users, in turn, will be able to add or reduce infrastructure at will. The company said its scheme is superior to shared hosting - which forces customers into a one-size-fits-... (more)

OpenSolaris Virtualization System Runs on IBM Mainframe

IBM, Sun Microsystems and Sine Nomine Associates have showcased the OpenSolaris code base running on an IBM mainframe at the Gartner's Data Center Conference. In addition to this, IBM has also endorsed Sun's xVM initiative virtualization and management initiative. Building on the innovation, flexibility, and product improvements happening within the OpenSolaris community, IBM said that this demonstration is an example of a port of this flexible open source operating system to run on yet another architecture. The work is being undertaken by Sine Nomine Associates, a research and ... (more)

Virtual Iron 4.2 Near

Virtual Iron figures when its 4.2 release pops out this month it'll be the first Xen-based virtualization solution to offer such niceties as LiveSnapshots of virtual servers for hot backup and patch management; the ability to dynamically increase the size of disk groups and virtual disks; and multi-pathing for virtual server Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks in support of business continuity and redundancy. It also includes broader operating system support - like Red Hat 5 and SUSE 10 - and packaged tools that appear to the administrator like a virtual CD. Virtual Iron is trying... (more)

Microsoft's Muglia on Virtualization: "It Is Still Early Days of Virtualization"

"It is still early for this important technology," wrote Bob Muglia, senior vice president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, in an executive memo to Microsoft customers yesterday. "Ultimately," he added, "virtualization will play an important role in improving business agility by making IT systems more flexible and more responsive to changing business needs." Muglia pointed out the enormous growth potential of virtualization. Currently, industry analysts estimate that fewer than 10 percent of servers are virtualized, despite the fact that virtualization has been around for ... (more)