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Startup takes aim at multi-hypervisor management

HotLink lets users manage Hyper-V, KVM, XenServer and other hypervisors all from VMware's vCenter management console

By , Network World
January 22, 2013 12:34 PM ET

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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.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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