How appropriate is it that while at the Microsoft TechEd 2010 Conference in New Orleans, virtualization management software provider Vizioncore announced that its upcoming vConverter 5.0 product is adding support for physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions on the Microsoft Hyper-V platform?
What's interesting here isn't that Hyper-V is gaining another P2V solution; rather, Microsoft is gaining another ISV partner for its virtualization ecosystem. You see, until now Vizioncore has focused on building solutions for VMware ESX. But with the introduction of vConverter 5.0, it's clear that Vizioncore is now ready to move on and become a multihypervisor management company.
vConverter 5.0 is not expected to be released until the end of the month, but in advance of this general availability date, Vizioncore is offering a free 90-day licensed version of the software. Administrators and early adopters can take advantage of this early access to prepare their virtual environments and to ascertain what benefits can be gained by transforming their data protection capabilities. Of course, it probably won't hurt Vizioncore to get a fair amount of external testing on the product, what with adding first-time support for a new hypervisor.
This sneak peek edition of vConverter 5.0 will be denoted as vConverter 5.e where the "e" designation stands for "early access."
The vConverter product enables the conversion of physical systems to virtual machines and back again. Once a physical server is converted to a virtual machine, it can be replicated, protected, and recovered on either a virtual system or backed up to another physical machine. By leveraging P2V technology, administrators are able to safeguard physical systems and data within their virtual infrastructure.
So why support Microsoft Hyper-V now? What's the driving force here?
"Vizioncore feels that the time is now to start building awareness in the Hyper-V community because Microsoft is doing more to encourage customer adoption of this virtual server technology," said Kelly Polanski, lead product marketing, DP products at Vizioncore. "Our customers are asking us what we intend to do to support the platform."