This is the first time in many years of attendance that I am leaving InterOp after the second day. This is also one of the most exciting InterOp shows I can recall. Well, maybe the 9/11 InterOp in Atlanta was more exciting but not in a good way.
Earlier in the week, at the opening of InterOp West 2012 we announced our expansion of the Phantom Virtualization Tap Solutions. Last year, @ RSA in February 2011, we announced the groundbreaking Phantom Virtual Tap. For those of you who are new to this, Phantom is a software product from Net Optics that enables total visibility into virtual environments including the invisible inter-VM traffic. When we announced it, it was a breakthrough in the Monitoring and Access products. No one has done it before us. What we announced (and released – announcing is the easy partJ) and demoed this week is Phantom Virtualization Taps for VMware vSphere 4.X and 5.X, Citrix Xen, Oracle OVM and Redhat KVM. The rapid adoption of Phantom by many of our enterprise customers came with requests for features, enhancements and improvements. We fulfilled most of those. #1 on the requests list was support of vSphere 5.0 – we deliver. Citrix Xen was a close #2 – it’s working. License per server across the various hypervisors was the partners request – we are happy to provide the most flexible and simple licensing model in virtualization. We won’t ask you to count cores, CPUs, number of VMs or count packets and measure throughput. Our licensing allows you to transition from one platform of choice to another without a licensing change. We made it simple: easy to understand, easy to sell, easy to buy and – most importantly – easy to own.
We also simplified management. One management console for all virtualization taps. Indigo PRO - in addition to managing all of your Net Optics hardware devices and select third party devices – is also the Phantom Virtualization Tap Manager. Better yet, it is free for our Phantom customers (free does not include physical devices management capabilities but we’re happy to provide a super competitive quote). Did you read Sharon’s post on the Indigo PRO virtual appliance? If not, check it out.
I am going to San Francisco to join our team at the booth in Citrix Synergy – I am certain I am going to meet happy folks over there. Many Citrix customers were waiting for the release of Phantom Virtualization Tap for Citrix Xen.
Oh. For those of you who are missing monitoring and access for Microsoft Hyper-V – keep checking in or come see us at Tech Ed North America in June. No hypervisor is left behind.
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