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Virtualization: Press Release

Convirture Releases New Versions of Virtualization and Cloud Software

Updates to ConVirt software include feature and usability enhancements; update to ConVirt Open Source coming soon

Convirture has released updates to its ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise Cloud software that is used by organizations worldwide to manage virtual and cloud infrastructures based on KVM and Xen hypervisors. The updates to ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise Cloud include additional features that enable IT managers to effectively manage their virtual data centers, as well as usability enhancements that make the software even easier to deploy and use.

In addition to virtual machine management, ConVirt Enterprise provides advanced automation features including high availability, dynamic workload management, and backup and restore. ConVirt Enterprise Cloud delivers public, private, and hybrid cloud management, side-by-side with traditional virtualized infrastructure management.

"Customers worldwide have deployed ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise Cloud to manage virtual infrastructure and cloud deployments in a variety of settings from manufacturing to government to education," said Arsalan Farooq, CEO of Convirture. "These new versions of the software continue to deliver a sophisticated management toolset for open source hypervisors, while adding additional functionality that is a direct result of customer feedback and use in real-world production settings."

ConVirt Enterprise updates include:

* New diagnostic capabilities. Customers and support teams can investigate running virtual machines and facilitate patches with minimum disruptions to live production deployments.

* New High Availability capabilities. The High Availability feature has been enhanced with improved fallback algorithms and performance optimizations.

* Performance enhancements for large deployments. Provides improved dashboard performance on virtual machines page and data center page for large-scale deployments.

* LDAPS support enables customers to use secure LDAP (SSL and TLS) for their directory integration with ConVirt.

* Template creation from a virtual machine. Enables users to create templates from virtual machines created in ConVirt. This significantly simplifies the flow of creating "gold" provisioning images.

Additional updates to ConVirt Enterprise Cloud include:

* The ability to import existing virtual machines from third party clouds. For example, existing virtual machines in an Amazon EC2 account can be easily "imported" and then managed via ConVirt Enterprise Cloud.

New platform certifications include:

* SLES 11 SP2 support

* Eucalyptus 2.0.3 support

* IE Support

Update coming to ConVirt Open Source edition
Convirture also announced an upcoming update to its free open source edition, ConVirt Open Source, which provides virtual machine management for Xen and KVM.

Availability and Pricing
The updates to ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise Cloud are available immediately to existing customers at no cost. Pricing for ConVirt Enterprise starts at $1,495 per host for up to 10 hosts, with volume pricing available for larger environments. More information is available by contacting Convirture at www.convirture.com/contact.html.

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