Product News: The latest virtualisation products for the week commencing 25th June, 2008

Product News: The latest virtualisation products for the week commencing 25th June, 2008

ARN reviews the latest virtualisation products

VMware Infrastructure 3

This is VMware's next generation infrastructure virtualisation software for virtualising servers, storage and networking and allows multiple unmodified operating systems and their applications to run independently in virtual machines while sharing physical resources. The suite delivers virtualisation, management, resource optimisation, application availability and operational automation capabilities. Users can consolidate 10 or more virtual machines per physical processor and implement a standardised platform that allows many production virtual machines to be recovered in the event of hardware failure without investing in redundant hardware. Users can also secure enterprise desktops of a geographically dispersed workforce by providing a standard corporate desktop image in a virtual machine, and migrate legacy operating systems and software applications to virtual machines.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro and itX

RRP: on application

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

This suite aims to deliver commercial quality open source virtualisation. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform includes fully integrated server and storage virtualisation with high availability clustering capabilities. It supports servers of any size and an unlimited number of virtualised guest environments. The vendor's Enterprise Linux server subscriptions provide support for up to four virtualised guest environments, while with the Multi-OS option a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop client system can be enhanced to provide support for up to four virtualised guest environments. According to Red Hat, Enterprise Linux 5 offers the choice of thousands of certified ISV applications and deployment options, including standalone or virtual servers, cloud computing or software appliances. It is also compatible with a wide range of platforms from leading hardware vendors.

Distributed by: itX and Ingram Micro

RRP: on application

HP 2533t Mobile Thin Client

The 2533t aims to provide users with notebook mobility and the enhanced security, ease of use and centralised administration of a thin client. It weighs 1.36kg and features a 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen LED display. The 2533t supports Wi-Fi certified WLAN along with 3G broadband wireless via its PC memory card slot. The Client also offers three flexible battery configurations for lightest weight or all-day computing and a docking system. Administrators can manage multiple client types remotely with HP's ThinState Tools and use Altiris Deployment Solution to distribute applications over the network. The HP 2533t includes an HP Smart AC Adapter with built-in sensor to alert the user of the power rating. It also has a mercury-free LED backlit display that reduces hazardous materials use and can extend battery life by up to 90 minutes.

Distributed by: Synnex, Ingram Micro and Dicker Data

RRP: $999

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