Defragmentation specialist Diskeeper has begun shipping V-locity, a new optimisation tool designed for virtualised machines.
It is targeted at maximising server speeds for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environments.
The company's flagship Diskeeper tool is a defragmentation product originally developed for the VAX series of mainframe computers, and later for Windows.
While Diskeeper was the first ever defragmenter certified for Hyper-V, the new V-locity product is described as a "performance optimiser". This tool specifically targets virtual environments and not only performs defragmentation functions, but also synchronises activity between the virtual host and multiple guest operating systems.
"In virtualised environments since resources are shared between various guest operating systems, resource usage becomes very more important," said Naveen Louis, technical director at Diskeeper. "For example, an anti virus tool running on one guest, can take up all the resources, and other guests can be affected."
"V-locity is both an optimisation and defragmentation tool," he told Computerworld UK sister title Techworld. "It includes the defragment technology from our flagship product and ensures zero resource conflicts and better management of virtualised resources."
Essentially V-locity consists of two components, namely the V-locity Host, which is installed on a Windows Server 2008 running Hyper-V. The second component is V-locity Guest, which is installed on Windows virtual machines.