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HotLink works by having an agent sit within a cluster of whatever hypervisors are being managed, and converts them into vCenter-like images so they can be managed centrally. This allows vCenter to control not just VMware resources, but also Hyper-V, KVM or XenServer apps. HotLink Hybrid Express extends the capability to manage public cloud resources.
Harzog says this has wide applicability in the enterprise. Companies today tier their hypervisors; they may reserve expensive VMware licenses for high-performance and mission-critical virtualized applications, for example. Less expensive Hyper-V or free, open source KVM hypervisors are used for ancillary functions or by individual business units within the enterprise.
Hotlink has various pricing options, including a free version of the Hotlink Supervisor, which supports smaller environments of 15 virtual machines or less across VMware and one other hypervisor. A standard version starts at $26,700.
Co-founders LeBlanc and Richard Offer, who is chief scientist at HotLink, had a previous startup named FastScale Technology that VMware bought. They founded HotLink in early 2010 and have since received $10 million in venture backing; the initial version of the SuperVisor launched in 2011.
Read more about cloud computing in Network World's Cloud Computing section.