We were very were excited to announce the general availability of VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 last September, along with even more updates around cloud management capabilities in October. If you’re still not sure what the vCloud Suite can do for your company, fear not – we’re here to explain it all to you.

According to the CIO/IDG 2012 IT Decision Makers Survey, nine out of ten IT leaders choose the cloud for three key reasons:

  1. To improve agility;
  2. To cut costs;
  3. And to add value.

However, setting up and maintaining a seamless cloud infrastructure can often take a lot of time and effort, costing your company valuable time and resources.

We have helped many customers dramatically reduce expenses and save time through server consolidation, virtualization and automation. The VMware vCloud Suite takes this one step further – VMware vCloud Suite is the only truly integrated cloud infrastructure solution that combines VMware’s key components of virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management into a single product and virtually operates each individual layer.

The VMware vCloud Suite is available in Standard Edition, Advanced Edition and Enterprise Edition, and includes seven of VMware’s virtualization products: vSphere, vCloud Director and vCloud Connector, vCloud Network and Security, vCenter Site Recovery Manager, vCenter Operations Management Suite, vFabric Application Director and vCloud Automation Center – everything you need for a mature Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud.

Key benefits to VMware’s vCloud Suite include:

  • Rapid response times and access to resources and applications: With VMware’s vCloud Automation Center, vCloud Suite empowers IT managers to deliver a policy-controlled self-service of IT tasks through a user-friendly portal, enabling the provisioning of virtual machines and multi-tier applications within minutes.  vCloud Automation Center also enables the ability to expand available capacity to business units onsite and offsite.
  • Automated IT operations management: vCenter Operations Management provides performance monitoring, detection of unwanted changes and proactive alerts to ensure that IT can react to SLA challenges in a timely manner.
  • The best SLAs for all applications: vCloud Suite supplies the appropriate network load for all applications ranging from low-latency, I/O sensitive networks to business critical workloads. Additional features include highly available firewalls and automated disaster recovery planning, testing and execution with vCenter Site Recovery Manager.

For a deeper dive into VMware vCloud Suite’s benefits and capabilities, download our data sheet.

If you’re currently using vSphere Enterprise Plus, we’re offering a free upgrade to vCloud Suite Standard until March 15th. To be eligible for this promotion, customers must have purchased vSphere Enterprise Plus and have an active Support and Subscription agreement as of August 27th, 2012. For more information on terms and conditions, check out the promo page.

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