V-locity 3 Virtual Platform Disk Optimizer Released

Tackles I/O bottlenecks, slow VMs, slow migration, resource conflicts, wasted storage space, slow backup speeds.

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Diskeeper Corporation has released V-locity 3, a virtual platform disk optimizer for VMware. V-locity 3 delivers invisible background optimization to give maximum I/O performance on virtual servers.

V-locity 3 now has full integration with VMware ESXi as well as existing support for other platforms such as ESX, and Microsoft Hyper-V. Other developments include V-Aware technology that detects external resource usage from other virtual machines on the virtual platform and eliminates resource contention that would otherwise exist on the same Host Server.

New CogniSAN technology detects external resource usage within a shared storage system, such as a SAN, and allows for transparent optimization by never competing for resources utilized by other VMs over the same storage infrastructure. CogniSAN works without intruding into SAN-layer operations.

V-locity 3 is like a virtual doctor that eliminates many of the chronic pains servers experience: I/O bottlenecks, slow VMs, slow migration, resource conflicts, wasted storage space, and slow backup speeds.

Key benefits include:

  • Faster VM and host I/O throughput
  • Increased VM density
  • Increased platform reliability
  • Eliminated resource contention
  • Optimized VM resource usage within a shared storage system
  • Increased hardware life
  • Lowered operating costs
  • Fully automatic and transparent

New Features

V-Aware detects external resource usage from other virtual machines on the virtual platform and eliminates resource contention that would otherwise exist on the same Host Server.

Automatic Space Reclamation -- a powerful engine that zeros out unused data blocks on virtual disks and makes virtual disk compaction easy. It also allows VMotion (VMware) or Live Migration (Microsoft) to compact a disk on‑the‑fly when they migrate virtual disks. Automatic Space Reclamation occurs online with no need for a maintenance window.

Special Virtual Disk Auto Detection allows each V-locity 3 Guest component to conform its optimization settings to the type of virtual disk/features the VM is using, such as dynamic/thin disks and linked clones, for maximum performance.

Components and User Requirements

Consists of two core components: V-locity 3 Guest installs on all Windows virtual machines. V-locity 3 Host Agent installs on any Windows virtual machine over VMware ESX/ESXi or directly on the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor. Host requires Windows 2008 (R2) server with Hyper-V role. VMware: ESX and ESXi server versions 4.0 or later. Guest supports the following OS’s: Windows XP (requires SP2), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 (or R2).

More information is available at www.v-locity.com.