NetApp have finally released the latest and greatest version of their SnapManager for VI product.
An essential addition to any infrastructure running both VMware & NetApp it allows guaranteed crash consistent versions of Virtual Machines to be replicated to secondary sights.
New functionality and enhancements include:
Singe file restore (SFR)
A single wizard for creating manual and scheduled backup [...]
Edward L. Haletky has put together a rather comprehensive overview document of backups in a VMware virtualised environment that can be found here on vmprofessional.
It covers everything from the speed of the backups to level of compression gained using the following tools:
VCB (Included with VMware ESX)
Vizioncore vRanger (~
I stumbled across a new feature overview of what was esxReplicator, but is now called vReplicator:
Replicator_Overview – PDF
Replicator_Overview – Doc
There are a number of very cool new features, that make it an even more salable product than it was before, including:
Everybody is well aware that PlateSpin makes some great products (PowerRecon, PowerConvert), but it sometimes seems difficult to justify the costs against free VMware alternatives (Capacity Planner, VMware Converter).
However, all it takes is a 15 minute demonstration of their products and it becomes immediately obvious why the money should be spent.
esXpress is not a new product to the market. I remember using this in the early days of ESX 2.5 and liking the product, but hating the interface.
Don’t get me wrong everything in the Linux based console worked and did everything that you wanted it to do, you just didn’t want anyone to come [...]
I got talking to an Alliance Representative at Acronis today and I mentioned that I use their software at home. He seemed quite pleased that he had met someone that had first hand experience of their software.
They seem to be looking for ways into the Virtualisation market and are looking to seriously compete with [...]