XenSource announced partnerships with several of the leading storage vendors to boost the comprehensive iSCSI storage support, included in its recently released XenEnterprise 3.2.
The company's iSCSI support brings the benefits of high-end SANs to a larger audience, complementing dedicated Fibre Channel networking and delivering disaster recovery capabilities for virtualized environments. New and expanded partnerships with NetApp, Compellent, LeftHand Networks and QLogic will further facilitate virtualization adoption and provide a broad array of interoperable storage options for users.
Benefits of using iSCSI with XenSource virtualization products include:
- Simpler Disaster Recovery - offering replication capabilities of iSCSI storage systems to enable recovery from system and site failures.
- Easier Backup and Restore - providing network-based storage snapshots to allow IT organizations to offload backup and keep server resources dedicated to users and applications.
- Consolidation of storage - enabling centralized hardware to support multiple servers reducing costs of acquisition and management.
- Virtualization of storage - ensuring the right level of performance and data protection can be delivered to each virtual server according to its business value transparently.
XenSource virtualization products include the Software iSCSI Initiator which allows any machine with a standard NIC to connect to iSCSI based storage arrays, as well as robust hardware iSCSI support using QLogic host bus adapters that offload iSCSI processing from the system CPU to a dedicated card to provide the highest levels of iSCSI performance. These capabilities will enable upcoming support of live migration of virtual machines between systems, high availability of virtual machines between physical systems, and more integrated backups.
"Just as customers are looking for more affordable, more scalable options for virtualization, we are seeing an increased need to find simpler, more cost-effective comprehensive solutions for storage," said Roger Klorese, sr. director of product marketing at XenSource. "iSCSI support expands on our 'ten minutes to Xen' simplicity charter, and our partnerships with leading vendors greatly increase the accessibility to and interoperability of these solutions. Integration with iSCSI storage brings the business continuity benefits of the storage network, such as storage snapshots and off-host/off-site backup, to users of XenSource virtualization solutions."