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February 27, 2009

VMware and Neverfail strike OEM deal

VCenter’s heart will keep on beating

By CBR Staff Writer

Neverfail has signed an OEM deal with virtualisation giant VMware that will see its continuous availability technology incorporated into vCenter Server Heartbeat, a new monitoring tool for VMware’s rebranded vCenter Server.

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat aims to provide automatic failover support as it is said to constantly monitor the server and if needed can restart the entire platform on a passive standby server, the company said. It does this by replicating the server configuration and data to the passive server.

It monitors VMware vCenter Server connectivity and components, including the license server and VMware Update Manager. This should mean continuous operation in the event of planned or unplanned downtime.

Patrick Lin, vice president, product management, server business unit, VMware, said: “Over the years, our customers have come to depend on VMware Infrastructure as a flexible and reliable platform on which they can run their production applications. At the same time, they have turned to VMware vCenter Server to ensure proper management of their virtualised applications and infrastructure.

“By utilising Neverfail’s proven industry-leading availability technology to provide comprehensive protection for the entire VMware vCenter Server stack, customers can help ensure that VMware vCenter Server’s virtualisation management capabilities are continuously available.”

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat will be available in March 2009.

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