VMware has kicked off its VMworld show in Las Vegas with the announcement of the acquisition of PacketMotion.

With its PacketSentry user activity management solution deployed in support of virtualised environments and the vProbe virtual appliance increasing its ability to monitor intra-virtual machine communication, VMware will integrate PacketMotion technologies into its VMware vShield portfolio. The PacketMotion team will join VMware's Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit.

Paul Smith, president and CEO of PacketMotion, said: “[We are] excited to join forces with VMware to advance the security of virtual and cloud environments by adding our technology to the VMware security portfolio.” Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Several vendors have also announced launches this week in the virtual, VM-ready space. LogLogic has launched a virtual appliance for data warehousing and forensics in VMware operating environments.

Called the Enterprise Virtual Appliance (EVA), it said that the software-based appliance delivers both on-demand and scheduled network reports, supports up to 16,000 end devices and stores up to 8.5 terabytes of data, making it ideal for cloud deployments and virtualised data centres.

Guy Churchward, CEO of LogLogic, said: “The traditional hardware appliance model works well in certain environments, but we're finding that customers want the flexibility to choose whether they will deploy a physical or virtual appliance.

“With EVA we're offering a scalable, full-featured virtualised appliance that allows customers to pay for a solution sized perfectly to their business needs.

“While the availability of Logging-as-a-Service and PCI-as-a-Service meet the needs of some; traditional data centres need a flexible IT data management functionality that can be fine-tuned to meet their organisation's unique requirements and IT needs.”

Meanwhile HP has launched a turnkey solution to give organisations a virtualised infrastructure that speeds implementation and provides a foundation for cloud computing. It also said that it offers VMware-optimised solutions that channel partners can offer to their clients to build a path to the cloud.

The first is the HP VirtualSystem for VMware that includes virtualised HP Networking solutions, HP Converged Storage, HP BladeSystem servers, HP Insight software with on-site installation services.

Paul Miller, vice president of systems and solutions, enterprise servers and storage and networking at HP, said: “Virtualisation has become mainstream for clients, but there are obstacles to broad deployment. With HP VirtualSystem for VMware, clients can simplify and scale their virtualisation deployments to provide a clear path to the cloud.”

Gary Green, vice president of global strategic alliances at VMware, said: “Companies need solutions that enable them to move from siloed stacks of infrastructure to pools of technology resources that can be shared and delivered as application services in real time. HP VirtualSystem for VMware helps customers streamline their virtualisation projects today and transition to cloud computing in the future.”

The second announcement is the launch of HP VirtualSystem for VMware and HP Virtualisation Smart Bundles for VMware vSphere 5, that broadens HP's virtualisation portfolio for channel partners.

According to HP, these solutions are designed to enhance channel partner business success by ensuring client satisfaction as they move to the cloud. It said that by adding HP VirtualSystem for VMware solutions to their portfolios, partners can target more profitable opportunities while speeding the sales and deployment lifecycle.

The HP Virtualisation Smart Bundles for VMware vSphere 5 are predefined bundled solutions, built on the same technologies used in the world's largest virtual data centres, that are optimised for the range of applications most used by SMBs, according to HP.