August 27, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27 — Onstage at VMworld 2012 today, VMware unveiled a comprehensive solution of cloud infrastructure and management products, expertise and ecosystem support to help customers drive greater efficiency and improve operational agility. At the heart of today's announcement is the new VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 – the first solution to deliver the software-defined datacenter. The vCloud suite integrates VMware's leading virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, simplifying the adoption of cloud era technologies.
"Today at VMworld, VMware and its partners are taking a bold step toward simplifying IT, offering customers everything they need to build, operate and manage their cloud environments," said Paul Maritz, VMware CEO. "The VMware vCloud Suite delivers the software-defined datacenter – the architecture for implementing cloud computing."
The software-defined datacenter delivers on the promise of cloud computing for agile, elastic, efficient, and reliable IT services by extending the benefits of virtualization to every domain in the datacenter – compute, storage, networking, and the associated availability and security services. The software-defined datacenter architecture abstracts all hardware resources and pools them into aggregate capacity, enabling automation to safely and efficiently dole it out as needed for applications. Tenants or customers utilizing the software-defined datacenter can have their own virtual datacenters with a logically isolated collection of all the virtual compute, storage, networking and security resources they are used to.
"Today's IT requires organizations to take a holistic approach to planning, building and operating their infrastructure, especially as we move into this new era of cloud computing," said Don Henderson, chief technology officer, NYSE Technologies. "At NYSE Euronext, not only have we embraced cloud computing as a foundation for our corporate IT strategy, we're extending that value to financial services organizations looking to modernize their individual IT operations, leveraging VMware cloud technology and expertise to offer the financial industry's first community cloud."
Introducing the VMware vCloud Suite: The first solution for the software-defined datacenter
By recasting every layer of datacenter infrastructure into software services running across pools of industry standard hardware, the VMware vCloud Suite will simplify and automate operations while ensuring application service levels for even the most resource-intensive business critical applications. The VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 brings together the components customers need to build, operate and manage cloud infrastructure – virtualization, software-defined datacenter services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, and application and operations management:
As the datacenter becomes software-driven, customers have the opportunity to simplify and automate management and operations to achieve the efficiency and agility of cloud computing. The VMware vCloud Suite includes vFabric Application Director, vCenter Operations Management Suite and vCloud Connector to speed application provisioning, move workloads between clouds, and bring intelligent automation to capacity planning, performance and compliance management.
"Most private cloud implementations will build from a virtualization foundation – virtualizing compute, storage, networking and availability to create pools of resources – helping to reduce capital costs and the cost of operations and, most importantly, enable faster service delivery," said Tom Bittman, VP and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner.
Broad Industry Support for the VMware vCloud Suite
VMware's partner community, more than 55,000 strong, continues to be a central part of delivering VMware's cloud solutions to customers. The new VMware vCloud Suite will be supported by a broad range of partners including technology partners and independent software vendors (ISVs), solution providers, service providers and systems integrators, as well as every major global hardware manufacturer. Read what partners are saying about the new VMware vCloud Suite.
New VMware Services and IP to help Customers Operate in the Cloud Era
VMware today also announced new Cloud Ops Intellectual Property (IP) and advisory, transformation and education services. Based on VMware's experience helping hundreds of clients worldwide navigate through the complex decisions around building, running and optimizing public and private cloud environments, Cloud Ops has emerged as a new operating model where IT shifts from a reactive, tactical relationship with the business to the role of a strategic partner, helping broker critical, value-added services across an organization.
Read the Press Release: VMware Defines New Operating Model for the Cloud Era
Pricing & Availability
The VMware vCloud Suite will be licensed per processer with no core, vRAM or number of VM limits. Customers can get the entire set of cloud infrastructure and management capabilities – virtualization, software-defined datacenter services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, application management and operations management – in one easy-to-purchase offering.
The VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 is expected to be available Sept. 11, 2012. It will be offered in three editions – Standard, Advanced and Enterprise – and includes the following products: VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus, VMware vCloud Director, VMware vCloud Connector, VMware vCloud Networking and Security, VMware vFabric Application Director, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. Prices will start at $4,995 per processor.
Read the vCloud Suite Pricing and Packaging whitepaper
Go to VMware vCloud Suite Editions/Buy page
For a limited time, VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus customers will be able to upgrade to VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 Standard for free or upgrade to vCloud Suite 5.1 Enterprise at 35 percent off the list price. Learn more about this promotion.
VMware today is also announcing it has enhanced its offerings for Small and Midsize Business, significantly extending the capabilities of VMware vSphere Essentials Plus and introducing VMware vSphere 5.1 Standard with Operations Management.
Read the Press Release: VMware Introduces Enhanced Offerings for Small and Midsize Businesses
VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2011 revenues of $3.77 billion, VMware has more than 400,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.
Source: VMware, Inc.
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