IBM Readies New Virtualization Tools

By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 2007-02-06 Email Print this article Print

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The company will launch the latest version of its z/VM virtualization software and will also unveil a new secure architecture for hypervisors.

IBM is preparing to ramp up its virtualization capabilities on Feb. 6.

The Armonk, N.Y., company is using the IDC Virtualization Forum in New York City to launch two new products aimed at increasing its presence within the virtualization field with new security software and tools for mainframe virtualization.

On the security front, IBM is offering what it calls secure architecture for virtual hypervisors used with x86 and blade servers. In one way, IBM is trying to offer customers the same type of security that can be found in traditional mainframe servers—a space where the company is the dominant presence.

This architecture, which company executives are calling Secure Hypervisor, or "sHype," will work as an embedded tool that wraps around a hypervisor to better secure a virtualized workload.

As workloads—whether an operating system, application or middleware—are migrated from either a physical machine to virtual machine or from one virtual machine to another, the Secure Hypervisor will also migrate with the workload and provide the same set of security measures that were originally constructed to protect the data.

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