VMware’s unveiling of Cloud Infrastructure Suite supports strategic virtualization ambitions

July 21, 2011 by Alicia Gaba

VMware’s July release of both a product upgrade and new software suite consolidates options for enterprise virtualization. The Palo Alto powerhouse in cloud computing technology announced its latest advance for the hypervisor program, vSphere®5, featuring significant capability improvements. Corresponding to the new version’s introduction was the innovative bundling of five supporting software programs, previously sold independently. As just under half of all server operations are currently performed virtually, this latest technology development is a bid to position VMware and its software provider companies in a strong position to capture future enterprise integration.

VSphere®5 noteworthy expanded capacity stats:

  • 32 virtual CPUs
  • 1 Terabytes (1,000 M) of memory
  • 1 Million I/O operations per second

VSphere®5 Suite components:

Analogous to Microsoft’s bundling of personal computing software, VSphere®5 adds to its standard vCenter Operations three other programs previously sold independently as well as an optional fourth:

  • vCloud Director – Allows the flexibility of having two virtual machines with similar tasks separate operations only after the tasks begin to differ, with the second virtual machine deployed to independently operate once the need arises.
  • vShield Security – Recognizes and differentiates compliance and security certificates and separates critical data into the appropriate level of security.
  • vCenter SRM – (Site Recovery Manager) Advanced disaster recovery capability, automated to reduce recovery time, ensure timely storage of critical information and maintains system reliability.
  • VSphere storage option – Allows multiple small to mid-sized businesses to store information in dedicated storage space while ensuring that data is not compromised with other enterprises.

A glance into the (near) future of information management?

With estimates placing enterprise virtualization near the 50 percent level, pricing follows function for most of these product choices involving a hybrid of virtual and hardware processors. The new release comes with a reduced number of subscription options, allowing companies the scalability they need as they integrate into the cloud.

Existing VMware customers and potential enterprises looking to invest in the transition from computers dependent on hard operating systems, servers and storage to virtualization can adapt the innovations available with vSphere®5 to their own positioning strategies. By weighing ROI expectations and the flexibility of a platform that allows an “all in” approach to cloud computing, even companies just beginning to test the waters of a this revolutionary trend will be well-served.

SOURCES:

http://blogs.vmware.com/console/2011/07/vmware-unveils-vsphere-5-and-the-cloud-infrastructure-suite.html
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/12/vmware-shows-its-cloud-strategy/
http://gigaom.com/cloud/vmware-exposes-its-plans-to-be-the-os-for-the-cloud/  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/12/vmware_cloud_infrastructure_announcment/  
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Virtualization/VMware-vSphere-5-Delivers-AllinOne-Virtualization-Storage-Package-280187/