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Sep 10 2007   7:50AM GMT

Heads up: Vizioncore dumps ‘esx’ prefix from product names

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

Virtualization users’ beloved esxRanger from Vizioncore is no longer; it’s now vRanger. Similarly, esxCharter is vCharter, esxReplicator is vReplicator, esxMigrator is vMigrator and so on.

In fact, the Vizioncore suite is no longer limited to those four afore-mentioned products. Vizioncore is also inheriting software from Invirtus (which like Vizioncore, is also owned by Quest Software), thus expanding the suite to include vOptimizer (formerly Invirtus VM Optimizer), vConverter (Formerly Invirtus Enterprise VM Converter) and vPackager (formerly Invirtus Libra).

The name change, said Vizioncore CEO David Bieneman, reflects the company’s decision to no longer just focus on VMware ESX, but on virtualization in general. “Even though the majority of our product development will be focused on VMware, Invirtus also runs on Virtual Iron and Microsoft platforms, and [the platforms] are easily portable to XenSource,” he said.

As part of its VMworld blitz, Vizioncore also announced its new Vizioncore Alliance Partner Program (VAPP), whose founding members include three storage vendors: EqualLogic, DataCore and Data Domain.

And don’t think that Vizioncore has given up on actual product development. Bieneman said that vRanger is now 50% faster at backing up physical servers and converting them into a VMware format, and that new integration with Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) will help Vizioncore create more reliable backups of VMs running applications like SQL Server and Exchange. Before VSS integration, “backing up VMs via snapshot was only crash-consistent,” he explained, but with mission-critical applications such as these, “you need a better [recovery point objective]” than crash consistency can give.

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