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Now Available: VMware vSphere with Operations Management

By: Michael Adams, Group Product Line Marketing Manager, Cloud Infrastructure

Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere with Operations Management (read the February 12, 2013 press release).

Customers have achieved tremendous cost savings and IT agility by virtualizing their server hardware. To help them better monitor and manage VMware vSphere and business critical applications running in virtualized environments, VMware vSphere with Operations Management combines VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Standard Edition with every VMware vSphere edition in a convenient, single SKU.

VMware vSphere with Operations Management is a new VMware vSphere product line that helps customers make the most of their investment in VMware vSphere by delivering deep insights into health to pro-actively avoid bottlenecks for improved platform and application availability and performance. Additionally, VMware vSphere with Operations Management enables customers to optimize their virtual environments and make the most efficient use of resources through integrated capacity planning.

Customers that rely on both VMware vSphere and the VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite have detailed substantial improvements in key performance metrics as well as operational and business benefits, including:

  • Reduced Capex costs by up to 30 percent;
  • Optimized capacity, improving utilization by up to 40 percent and consolidation ratios by 37 percent;
  • Improved application availability and performance, cutting downtime by more than a third and reducing the time it takes to find and resolve problems by up to 26 percent; and,
  • Nearly double the operational savings they receive from VMware vSphere alone.

VMware vSphere with Operations Management is available with a simple and scalable per processor licensing model – with no core, vRAM or number of virtual machine limits – so customers can deploy more virtual machines and further optimize their resource utilization without having to worry about added costs.

To learn more about VMware vSphere with Operations Management:

 

VMware Wins Best Virtualization Solution Award at Cloud Computing World Series Awards

VMware has just won the Best Virtualization Solution award at the 2012 Cloud Computing World Series Awards. This is another proof point the VMware’s vSphere platform in the industry leader when it comes to virtualization and is the basis for cloud computing.

Having been judged by an independent panel of industry experts, the awards will be presented to attending winners at the 4th Annual Cloud Computing World Forum on the 12th June, Earls Court, London.

For more information on this award click here

Have you seen that VMware has joined the Open Compute Project? If not, check it out!

Many of us have been looking for the latest innovations in datacenter design for a long time. Well, this new project might be it. The Open Compute Project, started not too long ago by Facebook, has a simple goal of making the datacenter run more efficiently than ever before at the lowest possible cost. Since this is an architecture VMware wanted to support as customers move toward more cloud architectures, we have certified vSphere 5 on both its Intel and AMD versions. VMware believes The Open Compute Project platform is suitable for many virtualization use cases. For example, we have been working with Facebook to deploy VMware vSphere 5.0 on these platforms inside Facebook's internal IT infrastructure in addition to many others.

References

·   Click here  to see Richard Brunner’s (from the VMware CTO’s office) more detailed blog entry about this exciting announcement.

·   More details on the Open Compute Project can be found here

·   Click here for VMware’s official press release

 

Customers and Partners Weigh in on Why vSphere 5 is The Best Platform for Cloud Infrastructure

 

By: Michael Adams, Group Product Marketing Manager, Cloud Infrastructure 

It’s been a little more than seven months since we announced the general availability of VMware vSphere 5. With almost 200 new and enhanced capabilities, vSphere 5 simplifies the lives of our customers and delivers quick and tangible value to their organizations. Simply put, with vSphere 5 and the VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite, we are enabling our customers to take advantage of the next era of IT.

Since we launched vSphere 5, the feedback we’ve been getting from our customers and partners has been really positive. I’d like to share some interesting insights from a recent TechValidate survey of more than 1,200 VMware beta customers and partners:

  • 70% of respondents surveyed have downloaded and deployed vSphere 5 and are taking advantage of the great new features and capabilities that vSphere 5 has to offer.

 

  • 82% of those respondents are using vSphere 5 to virtualize their business critical workloads and applications. vSphere 5 is designed to enable customers to run their business critical applications with confidence and this is made possible in part by the great availability features in vSphere 5. Customers and partners are excited about vSphere’s availability features and in particular are using vMotion (92%), High Availability (87%) and Storage vMotion (68%).

 

  • One of the significant advancements in vSphere 5 is all about automation, no more manual processes, it’s about automating everything. With vSphere 5, customers and partners have the ability to automate datacenter resource management to respond to the needs of their business faster and reduce operating expenses. More than 70% of respondents are achieving OpEx savings with vSphere 5.

 

  • Other key advancements of vSphere 5 are the storage enhancements we made to simplify the management of storage and automate load balancing capabilities. We found that 80% percent of respondents have upgraded to VMFS 5, and are able take advantage of the increased scalability and performance of this filesystem. Additionally, we found 52% of respondents are using Storage DRS and are able to take advantage of how this feature automatically manages the placement and balancing of a VM across storage resources. We are also seeing great uptick of new storage features including Storage I/O Control, which allows customers to configure rules and polices to specify the business priority of each VM and Profile-Driven Storage, which streamlines storage provisioning and ensures application services match the available storage.

We want to share some commentary from customers on their experiences, lets hear it in their own words:

“vSphere 5 is a game changing product. Much better product than anything else on the market. vSphere is 2 years ahead of the competition.”

“I have deployed vSphere 5 globally, upgrading from version 4. Being able to deploy Linux and Windows servers on ESXi reduces our cost of purchasing hardware globally. We also benefit from High Availability (HA), and other products, such as vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM).”

“I believe we will be able to accommodate larger workloads with more confidence using vSphere 5. The Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (Storage DRS) feature is fantastic as we migrate VMs for efficiency and refresh.”

“We’ve dramatically reduced timelines from first deployment to seeing relevant returns on investment, greater agility and better consolidation ratios including business critical workloads with vSphere 5.”

You can see the full results of the survey by visiting the TechValidate results page here.