New data warehousing tools and backup agents for VMware Staff

In this edition of VMware at a glance, there is an article on EMC's acquisition of Greenplum Software and what it means for the virtualization and cloud computing markets. There is also news on a new backup agent for VMware environments and how open source technologies will affect the future of cloud computing.

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EMC-Greenplum acquisition shakes up data warehousing appliance market
EMC's acquisition of Greenplum Software marks another move by the giant vendor to consolidate its cloud-computing position. Greenplum Software specializes in embedded analytical databases and cloud-based data warehousing appliances. With the integration of Greenplum's tools into VMware's virtualization platform, users can easily manage information and perform complex data analysis and modeling.

Promise adds snapshots, thin provisioning, storage virtualization; and other data storage news
These news briefs highlight Arkeia Software's new backup agent for VMware environments, which allows backups to disk, tape and disk, and then to tape. Additionally, there is news that Cobweb Solutions is the first European Vblock 1 customer. Vblock 1 is a Virtualization Computing Environment product that combines Cisco Systems' Unified Computing System, EMC's Clariion storage and VMware's vSphere 4 platform.

VMware completes Ionix acquisition from EMC
Recently, VMware finalized the transfer of Ionix from EMC. As such, VMware absorbed and renamed several Ionix products. This website provides all of the relevant information about the acquisition and the rebranding of Ionix's services.

Five open source tools for building and managing clouds
Open source technologies will shape the future of cloud computing. These tools and services are essentially free and provide users with the flexibility that is not possible with restrictive licensing models. If you're interesting in deploying vSphere 4 for cloud-computing purposes, find out how these open source technologies can help your data center.

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