HotLink extends virtualization heterogeneous management to Amazon EC2, CloudStack

HotLink Hybrid Express simplifies management of hybrid clouds via VMware vCenter plug-in

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HotLink Hybrid Express is being positioned as a seamless and easy-to-use tool. According to the company, it breaks installation time barriers by reducing a process that could take days to implement and instead streamline it down to hours. Once installed, the system requires no additional management console, and all functions are consolidated within VMware vCenter. The product incorporates itself into the organization's environment and eliminates the necessity for training or procedural variations.

The HotLink Hybrid Express tool can be used in standalone mode to control virtual infrastructures running on Amazon EC2 or CloudStack clouds. But for customers with hybrid needs that also includes on-premise multihypervisor support, this latest tool can also be combined with HotLink SuperVisor for VMware vCenter to provide full-function, unified management of all on- and off-premise heterogeneous resources, making VMware vCenter a single point of management for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Red Hat KVM, Amazon EC2, and CloudStack.

McLeod told InfoWorld that the latest challenges around mixed cloud and virtual environments are ease-of-use and compliance to company standards. "IT does not have the time or desire to learn how the various hyperVisors or public clouds work -- nor should they have to -- as it should be an easy extension of their current on premise management environment, not a standalone set of servers and workloads managed by yet another management console or set of APIs or commands," added McLeod. "The whole concept should be to use the resources seamlessly at will as a huge available on demand pool."

Furthermore, McLeod stated that IT has designed builds and templates that meet standards and they don't want to maintain other builds just because they are on different hypervisors or "in the cloud." The same builds should be able to easily move to and from private and public resource pools.

IT also wants all the data center integration it has invested in on the private cloud to be leveraged when it moves workloads around either in the private cloud or to the public cloud. "They need and require change management tracking, reporting, alarming, and all the other tools they are used to having in order to work to company standards and SLAs," said McLeod. "HotLink Hybrid Express was designed to meet and exceed these challenges."

Like the company's SuperVisor product, HotLink Hybrid Express doesn't come cheap. HotLink licenses its software in both perpetual and subscription models, and the company offers a starter bundle at $7,500.

While the technology itself is very interesting, one question remains: Is HotLink too early to market with Hybrid Express? Is it solving a problem that doesn't yet exist? Or now that this type of technology does exist, will more people start adopting a public cloud or, more specifically, a CloudStack environment?

For those individuals or companies attending VMworld 2012 in San Francisco next week, check out HotLink's booth at the show to get an up-close and personal look at the technology and see it in action. And then you can judge for yourself.

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