VM6 Software Releases Virtual Machine ex Server 2.0

Company: VM6 Software
Published: 29 July, 2009
VM6 Software Inc., a leading provider of software solutions that extend the benefits of virtualization to remote office and branch locations (ROBO) today announced the general availability of VM6 Virtual Machine ex (VM6 VMex) version 2.0. VM6 VMex leverages Microsoft Hyper-V(TM) to create an internal cloud to provision, consolidate, manage and protect all of the ROBO workloads without the costs and complexity of other solutions. Easy to install, configure and manage, VM6 solutions do not require any specialized skill sets other than Microsoft Certified System Engineers.

"Enterprise organizations that have realized the benefits of virtualization in the data center are struggling with ways to extend those same benefits to remote locations and branch offices as the costs are too high and the specialized skill sets required are unavailable or cost prohibitive." said Claude Goudreault, Founder and CEO of VM6 Software. "Enterprise leaders now seek solutions that make it easier to manage, provision, consolidate, and protect the workloads across all of their locations. VM6 VMex addresses the challenges of virtualization adoption in remote office locations, providing an affordable and easy way to create a competitive advantage."

New features in VM6 Virtual Machine ex 2.0

Integrated Monitoring and Alerts

New monitoring and alert capabilities are fully integrated into the management console. Administrators can use the pre-defined templates or build their own to capture errors and write in log files, send emails or run a script.

Advanced Security Settings

Systems administrators can assign delegation to allow users to have read, write or limited access to the various objects in the VMex cloud.

Improved performance when virtual shared storage rebuild

The VMex virtual SAN rebuild function automatically rebuilds a Virtual SAN in less than 5 minutes without impacting the performance, even if the RAID was unavailable or down for up to a week.

Reduced setup time

The improved install wizard accelerates the installation of VMex on a two nodes cluster, now taking less than 15 minutes.

Improved network components layer

Removal of the dependency to PGM and the addition of VMex proprietary network drivers eliminated the stress on Windows kernel, adding to performance and stability.

Integrated quota management and thin provisioning

VMex administrators can provision more storage than is physically available and set proper quota alerts to prevent over allocation of physical resources.

"As a search engine for real estate and property information, it's critical that our IT infrastructure be robust and available at all time, while being flexible as we're essentially transforming the mission of our servers between day and night" said Christian Boivin, R D Director at JLR Real Estate Data Builders. "When we looked at available solutions in the market, they were all at least 5 times more expensive and required a lot of independently developed solutions to work together which further added to the complexity. We've been using VM6 VMex 1.0 since it became available and are glad to see this latest version, specifically for its integrated monitoring and alerting."