New VMware Package Hits the Streets

Virtualization powerhouse VMware has just released the latest version of its VMware Infrastructure 3. This bundle covers the bases and includes VMware ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5. Overall, VMware Infrastructure 3 promises increased automation, improved infrastructure availability and higher performance.

The VMware ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 package that forms the bulk of VMware Infrastructure 3 has the following upgrades:

  • Performance gains for memory and I/O intensive workloads.
  • Large memory pages for ESX Server and guest operating systems.
  • Support for TCP segmentation offload.
  • Support for paravirtualized Linux improves performance of Linux workloads.
  • VMware Storage VMotion lets you migrate live virtual machine disks from one system to another with minimal disruption or downtime.
  • VMware Update Manager automates patch and update management for VMware ESX Server hosts and VMs.
  • VMware Guided Consolidation (part of VMware VirtualCenter) helps smaller companies quickly get started with server consolidation with a step-by-step tutorial.

VMware Infrastructure 3 will include VMware ESX Server or VMware ESX Server 3i, VMware Consolidated Backup and the VMware Update Manager. Pricing starts at $995 per two processors. Check out http://www.vmware.com to find out more.

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Posted by Lafe Low on December 12, 2007 at 11:57 AM


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