InovaWave launches VMware-optimization software

Performance-management software maker introduces VirtualOctane for ESX Server, designed to boost performance in VMware virtual environments

InovaWave this week introduced software the startup says will give any VMware ESX server environment a performance boost by optimizing resource use and arranging virtual transactions based on preset goals.

InovaWave, founded in March 2006 and based in Austin, Texas, develops software designed to optimize virtual environments. Its DXtreme suite promises to help customers improve virtual server performance in Windows environments by eliminating I/O process bottlenecks. And now its VirtualOctane for ESX Server proposes to do the same for VMware environments, company CEO Chris Ostertag says.

"People get into virtualization in many cases to consolidate servers, but the reality is the consolidation ratios are much lower than originally thought and that is due to performance issues with virtual machines," Ostertag says. "Our software creates virtual I/O pathways to optimize transactions and make it possible for customers to host more virtual machines on each server and begin to virtualize some I/O on intensive database and application workloads as well."

InovaWave says such hardware elements as CPU, memory and disk can cause bottlenecks in virtual environments. Its technology creates virtual pathways over which transactions can travel to ensure performance slowdowns don't occur. The software installs on a host machine and leverages memory to do I/O transactions. It measures workloads, throughput and transactions to gauge how best to optimize performance in a given environment.

"We are building these optimization products as a foundation for other products that we envision would provide better management, security and disaster recovery for virtual environments," Ostertag says. InovaWave competes with other start-ups tackling the market for virtual-server performance management, such as 3Leaf Systems.

VirtualOctane for ESX Server will be available for beta tests this month and is scheduled to be generally available by mid-October. The software is priced at US$3,500 per socket.

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