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Microsoft vs. VMware redux; other news

SCVMM 2012 to take on vCloud Director; Compellent spruces up; other news. news in brief for November 23, 2010

New Microsoft SCVMM 2012 takes aim on vCloud Director

Microsoft's proposed System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 ( SCVMM 2012), due next year, promises features that would make it much more competitive with VMware's vCloud Director.

Microsoft recently demonstrated new administrative roles and workflows for self-service portals, which support Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and new support for automated, wizard-driven provisioning of server, network and storage hardware for virtual machine deployments through Virtual Machine Manager.

VMware's vCloud Director was positioned as a "manager of all managers," a centralized management layer to help companies move into private clouds. The new SCVMM promises similar strides, according to

Compellent spruces up SAN arrays with storage virtualization, SAS support

This week, VAR favorite Compellent Technologies added storage virtualization and SAS support to its SAN arrays.

Compellent Storage Center now features Live Volume storage virtualization software that will enable VARs to migrate data volumes between arrays without disrupting service, according to It also updated controllers from Series 30 to Intel Nehalem quad-core-based Series 40. Also new: Support for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS drives. VARs can stuff up to 24 2.5-inch drives in a 2U enclosure or 16 3.5-inch drives in a 3U box.

Government oversight overshadows cloud security

ORLANDO, Fla.-- Cloud computing providers have to mind their security Ps & Qs or they may be out of luck.

That's according to speakers at the first annual Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Congress 2010 here last week. It's in the best interests of the emerging cloud computing industry to regulate itself on user privacy and data protection before the Feds do so, said Pamela Jones Harbour, a former commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and now a partner with law firm Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

Market pressure for safe, secure and private cloud services should drive best practices, Harbour and others said, according to But, "market forces may not be enough and regulators may find it necessary to step in," she said.

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