Virtual Iron, based in Lowell, Mass., is a relative newcomer to the server virtualization market, having introduced its first Xen hypervisor-based platform in December 2006. Since then, the company has built a customer base of more than 1,000 companies worldwide.
This year will see Virtual Iron focusing much of its product development on the convergence of server and storage virtualization, said Mike Grandinetti, vice president and chief marketing officer for the vendor. This month, the company unveiled a relationship with FalconStor, the Melville, N.Y.-based developer of virtual storage technologies, in order to ease the migration of virtual servers over storage area networks. "Workload mobility is important, so the ability to migrate virtual machines has become critical," he said.
Virtualization will also expand its product to support more advanced use cases such as high availability and load balancing this year, Grandinetti said. "You will also see more partnerships with server and storage vendors," he said.