Several announcements at MS TechEd 2011 in Atlanta

The first day of MS TechEd is a busy day for new product announcements. Just to recap a few:


5nine Software, innovative provider of Microsoft Hyper-V Data Management, Security and Compliance solutions for Virtual Datacenter environments, Cloud and VDI has announced today a Beta Preview Program for its 5nine Management and Security Suite for Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Providers.

5nine Suite includes new version 3.0 of 5nine Virtual Firewall for Hyper-V, 5nine ‘Easy V2V’ and Monitoring, High Availability Management and Backup Solutions designed primarily for Microsoft Hosting/Cloud Services Partners. 5nine Suite was specifically built to meet Major Management and Maintenance requirements of Hyper-V Cloud Providers, such as Scriptability, Scalability, with Data Center being a Management Unit (with up to 16- node Hyper-V clusters), in accordance with Microsoft DDC Alliance Best Practices


StarWind Software presents a free version of their iSCSI SAN solution:

  • Host operating systems: any modern Microsoft Windows OS is supported.
  • Works with all the leading Hypervisor vendors: VMware, Microsoft, VMware.
  • Data De-duplication (fully supported, variable block size). Data Deduplication is a specialized mechanism of data-reduction, reducing storage capacity requirements by eliminating duplicated data within and between files.
  • Unlimited storage capacity & Unlimited number of supported concurrent iSCSI connections.
  • Full Production use is allowed.
  • Support. Free version is covered with a basic support plan (an open public community forum). Support upgrades are available for paid per-incident plans or switching to any commercial version with extended functionality where an annual support plan is included.
  • Caching. StarWind has a multi-level cache mechanism implemented. The cache can use gigabytes of RAM and converts it into to extremely fast level 1 write-back or write-through cache, providing superior storage performance over many conventional SANs.
  • CDP (Continuous Data Protection) and Snapshots that are completely compatible with VSS (Volume Snapshot Services).
  • VTL (Virtual Tape Library) and WAN replication are offered as paid upgrade options.
  • iSCSI boot is fully supported with iSCSI boot capable NIC.

Further details at the website


SQL Server Denali Multi-site

Fellow Cluster MVP David Birmingham will show the first version of SQL Server to support the cross subnet failover feature that was introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering. It will be demonstrated at the SIOS Technology booth. Here’s a link to a video of the demo.


Veeam decided to add Hyper-V support because of growing adoption of Microsoft’s virtualization product among its customers.  Veeam Backup & Replication provides image-based data protection designed specifically for virtual environments. By extending support to Hyper-V, Veeam is providing:

  • 2-in-1 backup and replication for Hyper-V: Veeam’s solution includes replication, which provides near-continuous data protection (near-CDP) and enables the best possible recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTOs and RPOs).
  • Changed block tracking for Hyper-V: Veeam’s new hypervisor support includes technology for changed block tracking to enable fast, frequent and efficient backup and replication of all VMs, including those running on Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).
  • Built-in deduplication and compression: Included at no extra charge, these capabilities minimize consumption of network bandwidth and backup storage.

Also covered here and official communication here.


Kemp announced the availability of its new Virtual LoadMaster Exchange (VLM-Exchange) for Microsoft Hyper-V? The new virtual appliance application delivery controller (ADC) is specifically designed for Microsoft Exchange 2010 running on Hyper-V machines, allowing businesses to easily establish high-availability and redundancy for Client Access Servers (CAS) and other critical Microsoft Exchange 2010 Server roles. The VLM-Exchange for MS Hyper-V ensures that a company’s investment in Microsoft Hyper-V based server virtualization is further leveraged by turning its virtual machines into fully-featured, production-capable ADCs.

Netapp and Cisco

We also received news that Cisco and NetApp are participating in Microsoft’s Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program. Together, NetApp and Cisco have developed a pre-validated private cloud solution for customers who want to deploy with less risk, more flexibility and choice, and more quickly. 

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