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VMware rolls out vSphere enhancements, new storage products

Storage Alert By Deni Connor, Network World
July 18, 2011 12:10 AM ET
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Developments of the week in storage

VMware announced enhancements last week to its VMware vSphere, new versions of vShield 5, vCenter Site Recovery Manager and vCloud Director and a new vSphere Storage Appliance.

VMware vSphere 5 now supports virtual machines with up to 1TB of memory and 32 virtual CPUs and the ability to process over 1 million IOPs. It also enhances the policy management of data center resources - with the new Auto-Deploy, Profile-Driven Storage and Storage DRS, users can define policies and establish operating parameters while vSphere 5 automatically does the rest. Profile-Driven Storage allows the rapid provisioning of applications, while ensuring application service levels. Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler allows the aggregation of storage resources into a single pool and allows the placement of workloads on storage volumes during provisioning. In addition, it allows load balancing between volumes.

VSphere 5 also has a new licensing model - while vSphere 5 will continue to be licensed per processor, the company is eliminating licensing by CPU cores and physical RAM per server in favor of licensing by pooled vRAM - the total amount of memory configured to all virtual machines in a customer environment. Each vSphere 5 CPU license will be for a specific amount of vRAM.

VMware vShield 5 now includes data security capabilities that allow IT to identify risk exposures and isolate applications with different trust levels.

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5 introduces vSphere replication capabilities, which allows users to double protected applications and use heterogeneous storage. Included also is automated failback and planned migration capabilities.

VCloud Director 1.5 allows self-service provisioning and linked clone capabilities, which reduce provisioning time.

The new VMware vSphere Storage Appliance is a software product for small and midsized businesses who have no shared storage. It takes the server-based internal storage and virtualizes it into shared pools. The VMware vSphere Storage Appliance is expected to be available in late Q3, 2011 for $6,000.

All enhancements and products are expected to be available in the third quarter 2011.

Read more about data center in Network World's Data Center section.

Deni Connor is principal analyst for Storage Strategies NOW and host of both the Masters of Storage and Masters of Servers Solution Centers.

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