|By Glenn Rossman||
|February 21, 2014 04:21 PM EST||
Management of Xen and KVM-based virtual machines is now possible from an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account with the latest version of ConVirt Open Source from Convirture. Version 2.5, which comes with performance and robustness improvements, is now available. It adds the AWS capabilities to existing on-premise installation options.
ConVirt is freely available open source software that, in addition to traditional on-premise installation, is available as an Amazon Machine Image on an existing Amazon account. As a result IT managers can add the ease and flexibility of cloud-based management to their virtualization toolset.
ConVirt deployed in the Amazon cloud connects to all of instances of KVM and Xen in the data center(s) via the "ConVirt Connector," a secure network interface that is installed in the data center. Now, the IT manager has a sophisticated management tool for his entire virtual infrastructure that is easily accessed and simple to deploy on the Amazon cloud.
"The capability to manage disparate KVM and Xen via the Amazon cloud gives businesses a fast, easy way to leverage the best, most sophisticated management tools," said Arsalan Farooq. "As more of our users and customers move their IT functions to the cloud, it only makes sense for them to have the option of moving the management capabilities into the cloud as well."
Management in the cloud consolidates data centers, reduces overhead
By deploying the ConVirt management layer into the cloud, IT managers can access and manage multiple virtual resources located in on-premises data centers -- even if those are scattered in different geographic locations. In addition, by deploying ConVirt into the cloud, there is no need to allocate any additional computing or human resources toward setting up and configuring the management functions locally. Rather, the IT admin can spin up an instance of ConVirt in their Amazon account and start managing KVM and Xen servers immediately including monitoring, configuration management, templates-based provisioning, and live migration.
ConVirt Open Source running in Amazon also provides the ability for third-party management of virtual resources, including by managed service providers and IT outsourcers.
Pricing and Availability
ConVirt Open Source is free to use and is available immediately at www.convirture.com/getconvirt.php. There, selection can be made for deployment on Amazon, on-premises or an upgrade from a previous release of ConVirt Open Source.
Convirture was founded in 2007 to help organizations effectively manage open source and proprietary virtualization and cloud platforms. More information is available at www.convirture.com.