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Virtualization management tools, green-tech support head October blogs

VMware and Citrix released new tools in October to help configure, deploy and manage virtualization platforms. Ingram Micro also inked a deal with a green-tech rating tool, and the Veeam ProPartner program caught the attention of some VARs.

Virtualization platform configuration and management has been a hassle, and two big virtualization companies took steps to make life easier on admins last month, catching the attention of readers. Readers also took note of tech giant Ingram Micro’s deal with the make of a green assessment tool, as the sustainability buzz catches on in more and more tech businesses.

1. Easing management is target of latest Citrix, VMware releases
VMware introduced a vCenter Operations update and new vFabric Application Management and IT Business Management suite at VMworld Europe in October, and Citrix introduced VDI-in-a-Box. These updates and products are focused on making their virtualization platforms easier to configure, deploy and manage. Channel Marker blogger Heather Clancy gives a run-down on the highlights and limits of each application.

2. Ingram Micro extends deal with green-tech rating organization
Ingram Micro signed a deal with Electronics Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), the system that the U.S. government and a number of companies are using to gauge the green credentials of the hardware when making purchasing decisions. This deal gives weight to the tool's usefulness as well as the concern for e-waste and sustainability in computing.

3. Veeam ProPartner Service Provider program helps VARs offer hosted services
The new Veeam Backup and Replication product included in the company’s ProPartner Service Provider program is a real draw, says Dan Timko at BlueWave Computing in Atlanta. The product allows Timko to back up entire VMware deployments, take full snapshots and replicate virtual machines at off-site facilities. The next version of the product will include support for Hyper-V.

4. Nasuni augments Data Continuity Services with multisite capabilities
Infrastructure storage company Nasuni has added multisite capability to its Data Continuity Services. The service takes file-level snapshots of a customer’s data and puts it in the cloud and allows users to access and work with the same data from multiple locations. Nasuni partners can use the product and gain margin from services such as storage upgrades and renewals.

5. Tech Data strikes deal with BlackBerry maker, Research in Motion
Research in Motion signed a deal with Tech Data to support IT solution providers selling BlackBerry solutions into small and medium businesses. Tech Data and Brightstar will facilitate the activation process for BlackBerry, an area that has been a problem for solution providers wanting to incorporate BlackBerry devices in mobile solutions. But blogger Heather Clancy wonders what took so long, and why the sudden channel partner love?

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