This week, Virtual Iron Software announced the general availability of version 3.5 of the company's enterprise-class virtualization platform.
One of the key features in this release was the added support for iSCSI-based storage arrays, which will allow customers to setup an enterprise virtualization environment without having to spend a lot of money on a fibre channel storage solution.
Leveraging a more cost-effective iSCSI-based storage array, Virtual Iron is able to take their virtualization solution to the mainstream market. Doing so should allow for a better adoption rate of Virtual Iron's virtual infrastructure management capabilities that include LiveMigration, LiveRecovery, LiveCapacity and LiveMaintenance. By offering iSCSI support, Windows and Linux support and an affordable price of $499 per socket, Virtual Iron hopes that it can gain ground with a mid-market that has been waiting for prices to fall.
According to the company, some of the new features in Virtual Iron Version 3.5 include:
- iSCSI Storage Support - delivers network storage capabilities over standard Ethernet networks providing users with a simpler, more cost-effective means for network storage. iSCSI is a single networking technology for clients, servers and storage. It has quickly become dominant in small and medium-sized businesses and is gaining widespread popularity in large and very large enterprises both at a departmental level and as an enterprise backbone. iSCSI SAN is just one tenth the cost of fibre channel SAN on a per port basis.
- Single Server Installation - simplifies deployment and eliminates network configuration steps. Users can now download Virtual Iron Virtualization Manager and Virtualization Services on the same server that is running the virtual servers. This provides a single server virtualization solution for simple server consolidation while also reinforcing Virtual Iron's position as the easiest enterprise-class server virtualization and management solution to deploy, configure and use. With Virtual Iron 3.5, users can now install the software on a single server. Hardware discovery and deployment on the virtualized nodes happen automatically. In contrast VMware requires users to install and deploy the software on every individual physical server to be virtualized.
- LDAP - provides an industry-standard user authentication capability to simplify user management and improve integration with enterprise processes and infrastructure. Virtual Iron supports Microsoft Active Directory and OpenLDAP.
"Virtual Iron is absolutely committed to enabling the mainstream adoption of advanced server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management," said Mike Grandinetti, Chief Marketing Officer at Virtual Iron Software. "Network storage is an important requirement for virtual server LiveMigration and business continuity solutions. With the release of Version 3.5, including support for cost-effective shared storage and simplified installation and deployment, we're taking the next step to mainstream user adoption."
Virtual Iron delivers advanced virtualization capabilities that exploit industry standards, open source economics and built-in hardware-assisted acceleration and it is available as a free download, here.