VMware at a glance: VMware pushing vStorage APIs and 2010 predictions

Keith Kessinger, Assistant Editor

This week's VMware at-a-glance news and analysis roundup includes VMware pushing third-party vendors to use vStorage application programming interfaces (APIs), some 2010 predictions, a VMware partner conference in Sin City and a server consolidation project with a happy ending.

As VMware VCB fades, high hopes for better backups

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VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) users can't jump ship fast enough as more third-party vendors are developing backup software that writes to the new vStorage APIs. VCB is a relic from the Virtual Infrastructure 3 days -- and as such, delivers poor performance and requires a dedicated Windows box, which detracts from the benefits of server virtualizations.

Now VMware has been pushing backup vendors to write to the vStorage APIs found in vSphere 4. In this article, find out which vendors have taken the bait and what it means for vSphere virtual machine backups.

VMware to beef up disaster recovery offerings, support Microsoft clustering in 2010?
It may only be February but it's still early enough for some 2010 predictions. Will VMware widen the storage options for their disaster recovery automation tool, Site Recovery Manager? Will VMware Fault Tolerance finally gain compatibility with VMware snapshots?

Our resident instructor, author and blogger -- Mike Laverick -- offers his predictions about VMware's 2010 roadmap, which includes updates to disaster recovery features, backup agents, VMware High Availability and more.

VMware partners get ready to rumble; other news
More than 2,500 partners have made the trek to Las Vegas for VMware's third annual Partner Exchange event. The server virtualization behemoth is using this forum to position itself as the "glue" that allows all the high-powered, data center hardware to work cohesively.

Nottingham council tackles server sprawl with VMware
Our friends across the pond,, recount how server virtualization solved an energy crisis for the Bassetlaw District Council. Their server farm, consisting of 42 physical servers, was eating up the available electric supply; therefore, halting the council's expansion plans. Learn how a server consolidation project using VMware products reduced their server count, cooling costs and electricity demands. Who said there are no such things as happy endings?

Keith Kessinger is the assistant editor of and You can reach him at

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