The EnSpeed VM Software provides the capability to run unmodified guest OSes such as Windows, in a cluster of Physical Machines (VMM Servers). The following Enterprise grade features are provided, all on Physical Machines with Direct Attached Storage, i.e. no SAN or NAS hardware is required.
- High Availability Backup for VMs to failover to a secondary VMM, should the primary VMM server fail – all without SAN or NAS external storage.
- Live Migration of powered up VMs from the primary VMM server to the backup VMM server.
- VM Snapshots -- enables full backups, without powering off the VM
- Daily Incremental backup of VMs – without powering off the VM.
The EnSpeed VM Family of software consists of the EnSpeed Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) server and EnSpeed VM Orchestrator.
The EnSpeed VMM server is a Xen based Virtualization server that is installed on bare hardware, i.e. it does not require a hosting OS.
The EnSpeed VM Orchestrator is a web server hosted application accessible using a standard web browser with java. It provides the following functionality:
- Create and load Virtual Machines onto EnSpeed Virtual Machine Monitor Servers. The Virtual Machines are created using Virtual Appliance Images stored in the Orchestrator’s Virtual Appliance Library
- Power On/Off of Virtual Machines loaded onto the EnSpeed Virtual Machine Monitor Servers.
- Open a remote console to the Virtual Machine within a web browser window.
- Take a snapshot of a running VM, in order to download a full backup. This is done without powering off the VM.
- Download incremental backup images of the VM
The Orchestrator contains the following major components:
- A database of physical machines (the PhysicalMachine database) running Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) server software
- A Virtual Appliance Library. Each Virtual Appliance is a collection of Virtual Disk files, and an xml file describing the Virtual Machine.
- A database of virtual machines (the VirtualMachine database) created and loaded onto one or more of the Physical Machines in the PhysicalMachine database
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