VMware announces new software
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance is aimed at SMBs, releases VMware vSphere 5
Virtualisation and cloud infrastructure provider VMware has unveiled the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance; a new software product designed to bring the business continuity and automated resource management capabilities of VMware vSphere to small and midsized businesses (SMBs), without the cost and complexity of shared storage.
VMware has also announced a comprehensive cloud infrastructure suite, which includes the release of VMware vSphere 5, a significant update to VMware vSphere, according to the company.
"We turned to VMware virtualisation to achieve the cost efficiency, high availability and overall agility of a virtualised IT environment," said Hal Rottenberg, lead systems engineer with Atlanta-based Access Insurance Co. "While we may be considered a ‘small' business, we have the same requirements as most enterprises - we need to protect our applications against downtime, simplify our environment and reduce the amount of time we spend managing our infrastructure. The VMware vSphere Storage Appliance will open up a world of new possibilities for us by unlocking the enterprise-class capabilities of the industry's best virtualisation platform."
Before this release customers wanting to make use of the high availability and automated resource management functionality, enabled by VMware vSphere's resource pooling capabilities, needed separate shared storage hardware, which presented a cost and complexity barrier for some SMBs.
The new VMware vSphere Storage Appliance is designed to remove the shared storage hardware requirement and enable more SMBs to use the business continuity and automation capabilities of VMware vSphere, including High Availability, vMotion, and Distributed Resource Scheduler.
The vSphere Storage Appliance is made to be simple to install and configure.
The VMware vSphere Storage Appliance is designed to run as a virtual appliance on VMware vSphere, pooling server internal storage across servers to create a virtual pool of protected shared storage without the need for external storage hardware.
Because it runs on multiple servers simultaneously, the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance will ensure data is available to any workload, even when one of the servers in the cluster fails, according to VMware.
The VMware vSphere Storage Appliance's pooling capabilities are designed to maximise hardware usage, while enabling customers to use the ‘set and forget' intelligent automation features of vSphere, including vMotion and Distributed Resource Scheduler.
"With the introduction of the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance, we will continue to bring the business continuity and cost efficiency benefits of virtualisation to companies of all sizes," said Bogomil Balkansky, vice president, product marketing, VMware. "Business continuity and disaster recovery top the list of priorities our SMB customers are tackling, and with this new offering we hope to empower SMBs with all the automation capabilities of VMware vSphere without the costs or complexity of shared storage. SMBs will also find that if they do invest in shared storage hardware down the road, they'll be able to transition without any service disruption using VMware vSphere Storage vMotion."
VMware also provides all-in-one solutions for SMBs of all sizes. VMware vSphere Essentials and Essentials Plus Kits are designed to enable small offices to consolidate workloads, improve availability, and centrally manage their environments, with a low up-front investment.
VMware Acceleration Kits provide midsize businesses with a scalable, full-featured virtualisation platform, with policy-based automation to help ensure application service levels, and the option to add advanced management capabilities such as multi-site failover protection, according to VMware.
VMware's VMware Go is a free, Web-based IT management service which is designed to deliver simplified asset tracking, inventory and security services for SMBs. VMware GO also guides users of any expertise level through the installation and configuration of VMware vSphere Hypervisor.
VMware Go Pro is a comprehensive cloud service which can help SMBs to consolidate, manage, control and secure their physical and virtual IT infrastructures. Available today by subscription, VMware Go Pro provides a single pane of glass for SMBs to manage both virtual and physical infrastructures and simplifying IT management.
The free VMware vSphere Hypervisor is designed to help businesses get started with virtualisation. Based on VMware ESXi, the hypervisor architecture allows customers to consolidate applications onto fewer servers.
The VMware vSphere Storage Appliance is expected to be generally available in late Q3, 2011 for $5,995. In Q3 VMware also will introduce a limited-time promotional offering for SMBs, bundling VMware vSphere 5 Essentials Plus and the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance for $7,995.