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VMware unveils VMware vSphere5 and comprehensive cloud infrastructure suite

VMware CEO Paul Maritz unveiled VMware vSphere 5 and a comprehensive suite of cloud infrastructure technologies built to help customers transform IT to drive greater efficiency of existing investments and improve operational agility.

With nearly 200 new and enhanced capabilities, VMware vSphere 5 will continue to set the standard in virtualisation, delivering better application performance and availability for all business-critical applications while automating the management of an increasingly broad pool of data centre resources. VMware today also announced VMware vShield 5, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, and VMware vCloud Director 1.5, products that together with VMware vSphere 5 will amplify the value customers can realise from virtualised resources by enabling cloud-scale operations.

“The market has fully embraced virtualisation as a key transformative technology at the heart of the next era of computing,” said Paul Maritz, VMware CEO. “With vSphere 5 and our cloud infrastructure suite, VMware is helping customers accelerate towards more efficient and automated cloud infrastructure, redefining how resources are managed and secured, and ultimately, driving a more productive relationship between IT and the businesses they serve.”

According to VMware,the cloud infrastructure suite will help organisations build intelligent virtual infrastructures, which infuse highly virtualised environments with the automation, self-service and security capabilities customers need to deploy business critical applications with confidence, respond to the needs of the business faster with cloud agility and move to cloud computing with trust.

“A recent Gartner contextual research study revealed that end user organisations overwhelmingly consider x86 virtualisation an essential foundational component of private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service architectures (IaaS),” said Chris Wolf, Research VP, Gartner. “In addition, many organisations consider the x86 VM as the default infrastructure platform for new applications,. Cost savings and business agility remain the two most frequently cited drivers behind both virtualisation and cloud computing investments.”

The company said that VMware vSphere 5 will also introduce three new flagship features that extend the platform’s unique data centre resource management capabilities, delivering intelligent policy management to support an automated “set it and forget it” approach to managing datacenter resources, including server deployment and storage management.

These flagship features include VMware vShield5, vCenter Site Recovery Manager5 and vCloud director 1.5.

In a separate announcement VMware also introduced the vSphere storage appliance, a new software product that will bring the rich business continuity and automated resource management capabilities of VMware vSphere to small and midsized businesses (SMBs) without the cost and complexity of shared storage. The new VMware vSphere Storage Appliance will transform server internal storage into shared pools of storage enabling SMB customers to take full advantage of the unique business continuity and automation capabilities of VMware vSphere, including High Availability, vMotion, and Distributed Resource Scheduler, the company said.

VMware’s cloud infrastructure suite is supported by more than 25,000 partners, including technology partners and independent software vendors (ISVs), solution providers, service providers, and systems integrators, as well as every major global hardware manufacturer. VMware’s partner community continues to mature as the company consistently sets the bar for innovation in virtualisation and cloud technologies

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