Virtualization Technology: VMware vSphere 5 Delivers All-in-One Virtualization, Storage Package
VMware on July 12 launched vSphere 5, a cloud computing infrastructure suite that essentially is a one-stop virtualization shopmainly for midrange companies and SMBsto run new-generation data centers. vSphere 5, whose predecessor vSphere 4 came out about a year ago, is the largest integrated software product ever launched by VMware, adding four completely new modules(vCloud Director, vShield 5.0, vCenter SRM 5.0 and vSphere Storage Appliance (optional)to a system that once contained only vCenter Operations. All were separate point products previously. "It's like what we did at Microsoft years ago when I was there," CEO Paul Maritz said. "We looked around and saw we had Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other single business software [applications], and we decided to put them together to make Office." VMware also announced that it has made available an iPad version of the management interface in the Apple App Store. Here are 10 of the most important points made at the July 12 VMware announcement event in San Francisco.
How Features All Stack Up
vSphere 5 is an amalgamation of storage, security and virtualization controls for cloud deployments. This consists of centralized business continuity, monitoring and management, policy-making, and reporting functions, replacing all those individual applications that many data centers have to cobble together.