Virtualization Technology News and Information
VMware Delivers VMware vSphere 4, A Quantum Leap Forward
VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, today announced the general availability of VMware vSphere™ 4, delivered ahead of schedule and with the support of an extensive partner ecosystem and customers around the globe.

"With VMware vSphere 4, we are once again raising the bar significantly for businesses that desire to dramatically improve IT performance," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president and general manager, server business unit, VMware. "The cost savings associated with virtualization are undeniable, and as more customers standardize on VMware to drive 100 percent virtualization, they are realizing the additional benefits that our solutions deliver, including increased flexibility and agility."

VMware vSphere 4 extends the previous generation VMware platform -- VMware Infrastructure 3 -- along three dimensions: it delivers the efficiency and performance required to run business critical applications in large scale environments, it provides uncompromised control over application security and service levels, and it preserves customer choice of hardware, OS, application architecture and on-premise vs. off-premise application hosting.

VMware vSphere 4 enables transformative capital and operational expenditure cost savings over and above what was previously achievable, including 30 percent increase in consolidation ratios, 50 percent storage savings, and 20 percent additional power savings. With VMware vSphere 4, even the most resource intensive business critical applications will benefit from the built-in service level assurance capabilities for availability, security and scalability.

Customers are already harnessing VMware vSphere 4 to bring the benefits of cloud computing to their datacenters, creating a practical approach to their own private clouds -- cloud computing infrastructures that span internal IT with external cloud service providers.

"VMware vSphere 4 is the core of our cloud computing initiative because it gives us the cost savings and scalability benefits of cloud computing, with the choice to deploy any application or OS without getting locked into any particular architecture," said Christopher Rence, CIO, FICO.

For more information on how customers such as Alstom, Campbell Clinic, Defense Contract Management Agency, FICO, Harley Davidson Motor Company and Melbourne IT are using the VMware vSphere 4 platform, please visit:

Upgrade, Pricing and Promotion:

VMware vSphere 4 is available in six editions meeting the requirements, use cases and budgets of customers of all sizes from small businesses to the largest enterprises and government organizations. Prices start at $166 per processor for all in one virtualization solutions for small businesses and go up to VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus priced at $3,495 per processor delivering features to transform the datacenter into an internal private cloud.

For more information on VMware vSphere 4, including feature and function information, customer endorsement and partner support, please visit:

For more information on VMware vSphere 4 pricing, please visit:

For more information on the upgrade process to VMware vSphere 4, please visit:

For a guided evaluation of VMware vSphere 4 with access to product demos and evaluation guides, both new and existing customers can visit the VMware vSphere Evaluation Center:

For more information on VMware vSphere Consulting and Education Services, please visit:

Published Thursday, May 21, 2009 3:09 AM by David Marshall
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