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HotLink Natively Extends vCenter to Public Clouds

Two-year-old HotLink launched Hybrid Express for VMware vCenter on Tuesday

Two-year-old HotLink launched Hybrid Express for VMware vCenter on Tuesday.

It's supposed to be the simplest product anywhere for deploying, administering and managing hybrid clouds. Otherwise it's complex, costly and time-consuming.

It works through a plug-in that natively supports Amazon EC2 and CloudStack inside vCenter's management infrastructure.

The widgetry doesn't need anything else. It's supposed to accelerate hybrid cloud deployment from weeks to a few hours.

It also means that both Windows and Linux workloads can move to and from EC2 and CloudStack with point-and-click. Policies can be standardized.

It's the only solution to natively extend vCenter to public clouds. So VMware users can consolidate the deployment, administration and management of all on- and off-premise resources with the same single pane of glass.

HotLink abstracts public cloud platforms and workloads so vCenter treats them like vSphere hosts and VMs, fully integrated and managed as a unified pool of resources. vCenter-compatible orchestration tools, service catalogs and self-service portals work seamlessly. Users can clone, snapshot and migrate cloud instances.

Users can deploy cloud instances from existing vCenter templates and share templates with team members.

Customers who need on-premise multi-hypervisor support can get support for Hyper-V, XenServer, KVM, EC2 and CloudStack from HotLink Hybrid Express plus HotLink SuperVisor for vCenter with vCenter as the single point of management.

Hybrid Express for vCenter pricing starts at $7,500 to manage 30 instances.

HotLink was started by the founders of FastScale Technology, which was acquired by VMware. Its advisory board includes folks from Facebook, E*TRADE, Clorox, Citrix, BMC and Flextronics.

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