In 2006 the ConVirt team started an ambitious project: develop an open source, multi-host management console for Xen.
Initially called XenMan, the tool was then renamed ConVirt and its roadmap was enriched with several highly desirable features that led to the multi-hypervisor management platform that the company offers today.
In January this year Convirture added the support for Microsoft Hyper-V, in addition to existing support for major virtualization platforms like KVM, Xen and VMware.
ConVirt Enterprise also has a Cloud version that adds the support for public cloud platforms like Amazon EC2, Eucalyptus and OpenStack.
This week the company announced the latest release of ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise Cloud that introduces the following features:
Highlights of New Features in ConVirt Enterprise:
- Hyper-V cluster support: Data center managers can now manage the full virtual machine life cycle on Hyper-V clusters from ConVirt without needing System Center. This includes the ability to use and manage Hyper-V environments for high availability and failover purposes, as well as resource pooling, all managed via ConVirt Enterprise.
- Hyper-V migration : Support for live migration of virtual machines with or without shared storage. This provides a cost-effective and simple means to balance Hyper-V workloads, perform maintenance on servers and move workloads from staging to production, all with no interruption or system downtime.
Highlights of New Features in ConVirt Enterprise Cloud:
- The ability to manage Virtual Private Clouds (VPC). Users can provision and manage virtual machines on subnets within the VPC.
- Management of resources of multiple VPCs (from single or different regions) within a single Virtual Data Center abstraction provided by ConVirt.
All version of ConVirt Enterprise will also include:
- Self-service functions, including snapshots that enable self-service Hyper-V and VMware users to take and manage snapshots via the ConVirt console. Self-service users can also now edit CPU and memory resources for existing virtual machines.
- Various usability and performance improvement’s including noVNC integration for Xen and KVM virtual machine access as well significant improvements in dashboard performance.