Virtualization Technology: VMware vSphere 5 Delivers All-in-One Virtualization, Storage Package

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-13 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VMware on July 12 launched vSphere 5, a cloud computing infrastructure suite that essentially is a one-stop virtualization shop—mainly for midrange companies and SMBs—to 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.
How Features All Stack Up
 
 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 

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