Veeam launches ProPartner Service Provider program

Veeam's new ProPartner Service Provider program targets solutions providers and cloud computing providers that need help with managing VMware environments and infrastructure costs.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of March 29-April 2, 2010.

Veeam launches new partner program

Veeam Software, a company specializing in systems management and VMware backup software, has started a new partner program for solutions providers.

Veeam's ProPartner Service Provider (PSP) program is specifically geared toward cloud computing providers and solutions providers that are looking for help with managing VMware environments and infrastructure costs. The program also helps them with creating resource allocation and utilization reports, capacity planning, service-level agreements on data protection and disaster recovery, and performance monitoring.

RHEL 5.5 gets new virtualization features and improved compatibility

The newly-released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5 now has the ability to run across physical, virtual and cloud environments. It also includes support for the latest AMD, Intel and IBM processors.

RHEL 5.5 offers several key virtualization improvements, including the ability to deploy a larger number of virtual machines on a physical server. Other notable new RHEL 5.5 features that can help solutions providers with virtualization management include support for single-root I/O virtualization and improved sharing of PCI hardware resources. Windows 7 interoperability and Active Directory support are also part of RHEL 5.5.

RHEL 5.5 now supports Intel Nehalem-EX, the AMD Opteron 6000 Series and IBM Power 7 and is currently available to Red Hat Network subscribers.

AMD Opteron, Intel Nehalem-EX face VMware licensing issues

Advanced Micro Dynamics (AMD) Inc. released 10 new Opteron multicore processors for two- and four-socket servers, but some customers believe that the Opteron 6000 Series chips have arrived too early for immediate market adoption.

The chips range in price from $266 for an eight-core, 2 GHz, 80-watt chip to $1,386 for a 12-core, 2.3 GHz, 105-watt chip, according to SearchDataCenter.com.

Market leader Intel Corp. also released its latest x86 Xeon server processors, the Xeon 6500 and 7500. These eight-core chips are designed for four-socket servers and larger-scale systems.

But before recommending hardware with either of these vendor's new chips to customers, solutions providers should be aware of potential issues with VMware Inc.'s multicore licensing policy. Because both chips support more than six cores, customers must upgrade to the more expensive vSphere Advanced or Enterprise Plus versions.

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