HotLink Extends VMware vCenter Reach to Rival VMs

    Most IT organizations that have invested in VMware have already made a significant investment in the vCenter management platform developed by VMware. Nevertheless, there is still a lot interest in rival virtual machine platforms from Microsoft, Citrix and Red Hat, but not many IT organizations are overly excited about investing in additional management platforms.

    To ease that burden, HotLink today upgraded its SuperVISOR for VMware vCenter software to add support for Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (KVM) virtual machine platforms.

    According to HotLink CEO Lynn LeBlanc, the ability to run application workloads on other virtual machine platforms that cost less to license is getting a lot of attention from IT organizations. The challenge they face is that they can’t afford to acquire multiple management consoles, each of which would require them to train people to master. Instead, LeBlanc says they would rather continue to use a VMware vSphere console they have already invested in to manage additional virtual machine platforms.

    LeBlanc says HotLink sees its software as an integration hub for virtual machine platforms running on premise and on cloud computing platforms such as Amazon EC2. Rather than just giving organizations visibility into those platforms, however, version 2.0 of SuperVISOR for VMware vCenter is designed to allow IT organizations to extend automation tools across multiple hypervisor environments.

    In addition to releasing an upgrade, HotLink today also announced that the company is offering a version of its software, which can support up to 15 virtual machines running across as many as three hosts, for free.

    There’s no doubt that virtualization management is getting more complex with each passing day. Rather than hiring dedicated specialists to manage each virtual machine platform, it’s clear that IT organizations are going to need a more efficient approach that allows them to scale limited IT virtualization expertise across multiple platforms.

    Of course, there are multiple management platforms already in use within most organizations, many of which LeBlanc says are being integrated with VMware vCenter. But when it comes to virtualization management consoles that need to be integrated with those larger systems management frameworks deployed across the enterprise, deploying multiple virtualization management consoles is perhaps not the best use of limited IT funds.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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