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VMware, LeftHand offer iSCSI SAN as virtual machine

Beth Pariseau, Senior News Writer

LeftHand Networks Inc.'s Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) today becomes the first software-only storage device named to VMware's hardware compatibility list. The two companies' mutual channel partners will begin selling the VSA packaged with VMware's Infrastructure Acceleration Kits this week.

The bundles of 2 TB VSA licenses with VMware's small and medium-sized business (SMB) license packages turn an iSCSI SAN into a virtual machine running on the same physical server as virtualized applications, eliminating the need to support separate storage devices in small environments.

"VMware is showing it means to take the value of the hypervisor well beyond server virtualization with this release," said Mark Bowker, an Enterprise Strategy Group analyst. "This shows a new way for virtualization to leverage the same hardware platforms."

Distributors Alternative Technology Inc. and Avnet Inc. will resell the Virtualization Solution Kits in four flavors:

  • The Complete Highly-Available Virtual Infrastructure Solution contains up to 35 virtual machine licenses and three VSA licenses for $24,990.

  • The Highly-Available VM Applications with VSA storage bundle contains up to 30 virtual machine licenses and one VSA license for $15,990.

  • The Highly-Available VM Applications with Highly-Available VSA storage bundle contains up to 25 virtual machine licenses and two VSA licenses for $10,990.

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