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Commtech Launches VMware Infrastructure 3 To Ireland

Thanks to IT Backbones for the news

Commtech, a leading distributor of Internet, Networking and Security solutions, yesterday launched VMware Infrastructure 3 to Ireland. At a seminar organised for Irish VMware Enterprise Partners, Commtech in conjunction with VMware, demonstrated the third generation of the industry-leading infrastructure virtualization software suite that empowers enterprises and small businesses alike to optimize and manage their IT environments through virtualisation.

VMware - first, second and third

The first generation of virtualization for industry-standard systems provided server partitioning through a hypervisor or hosted architecture. The second generation added management, capacity planning, a physical to virtual assistant and other tools for consolidating production servers. The third generation, VMware Infrastructure 3, enables systems infrastructure capabilities for entire farms of servers and storage, independent of the application/operating system workloads and of the underlying hardware.

VMware Infrastructure 3 builds upon the award-winning VMware ESX Server with Virtual SMP and VirtualCenter with VMotion technology used in production at tens of thousands of enterprises worldwide today and incorporates four new groundbreaking products - VMware VMFS, a next generation Distributed File System; VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS); VMware High Availability (HA); and VMware Consolidated Backup. The suite is designed to deliver comprehensive virtualization, management, resource optimization, application availability and operational automation capabilities in an integrated offering.

"Today, virtualization is at the forefront - helping businesses with scalability, security and management of their global IT infrastructure. Gartner, the world's leading provider of research and analysis about the global information technology industry, predicts the virtualization software market to grow to $1.8 billion by 2008" says Owens. "The importance of this technology for an Irish audience is huge. Server farm sprawl will be a thing of the past as we help our Irish customers reduce costs, maximise their existing IT investment and stop needless and expensive server proliferation."

With VMware Infrastructure 3, VMware is ushering in a new era for data centres where industry-standard infrastructure farms can be managed as a shared utility and dynamically allocated to different business units or projects. New capacity can be added or removed non-disruptively based on business demand. Applications can be migrated automatically to available hardware resources. Hardware failures can be automatically overcome with minimal disruption. Business data can be protected with minimal impact to production SLAs. Applications can be provisioned instantly and recovered at the same or remote locations easily regardless of the operating system and hardware. Customers will be able to transform IT service levels, simplify and automate their infrastructure and deploy virtualization pervasively across their entire environment.

"Virtualization is rapidly evolving from being a server consolidation tool to becoming the strategic technology foundation for IT Infrastructure," said Stephen Elliot, research manager at IDC. "While the cost savings are obvious, sophisticated enterprise IT organizations are starting to deliver end-to-end virtual infrastructure that uses standardized management processes and provides a compelling answer to the CIO's need for an agile, efficient and dynamic infrastructure that is radically simple to operate."

Published Thursday, June 22, 2006 6:43 AM by David Marshall
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