Containers Expo Blog Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Zakia Bouachraoui

Related Topics: Containers Expo Blog, @CloudExpo

Containers Expo Blog: Article

Cloud Expo Gold Sponsor VMware Goes Cloud Size

VMware claims 170,000 customers and 84% of all the virtualized apps in the world

VMware is expected to make its vSphere virtualization platform “cloud scale” Tuesday, capable of juggling 3,000 virtual machines in a single 32-node cluster, double what it could before. And its vCenter management software will be able to keep tabs on 1,000 hosts and somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 VMs, triple its previous capabilities.

The company claims its new vSphere 4.1 rev sets the bar in virtualization, redefining the economics of computing.

Whether it does or not, come September 1 VMware is changing how it prices its vCenter management solutions, moving to a per-VM licensing model like Amazon instead of its current per-CPU pricing.

VMware CTO Dr Stephen Herrod giving a General Session at 2nd Cloud Expo in New York City in 2009

The company says users find the new model more logical since it counts the virtual machines under management rather than the physical hardware.

VP of product marketing Bogomil Balkansky claims users’ bills should be a little bit cheaper under the new regime, and simpler to compute. At least they won’t get hit with additional costs for porting computing environments across diverse hardware configurations and multiple CPU scenarios.

VMware has been running a special the last four months to tempt SMBs to vSphere and found that it was making more on the trebled volume than it had under the old price schedule so it’s going to institutionalize the promo price and change its packaging.

There will be a new vSphere 4.1 Essentials kit for small businesses that costs $495, which has proved less of a sticking point than $995. It covers six processors and includes thin provisioning, an update manager, four-way SMP, VCB/vStorage APIs and VC Agent.

VMware is also changing the name of its free ESXi single-server edition to vSphere Hypervisor so it’s not confused with ESX anymore and will include its vMotion migration widgetry in its $583-per-processor vSphere 4.1 Essentials Plus and $995-per-processor Standard editions

The new vSphere upgrade expands VMware’s memory management boundaries as well as its resource pooling capabilities, developments that are supposed to accelerate the evolution of data centers and service providers into cloud computing environments.

It says 4.1 can get up to 25% better application performance and 10%-15% better consolidation ratios complements of new memory compression technology. Increased consolidation translates into lower cost-per-application.

It’s also promising five times faster vMotion virtual machine migrations, enabling up to eight concurrent vMotion events per host pairs instead of two. That too means better performance and availability.

vSphere 4.1 has been endowed with granular controls that dynamically allocate storage and network resources to VMs based on business priority rather like the company’s Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) manages compute resources across vSphere clusters and pools. Administrators can set quality of service priorities per virtual machine.

The widgetry introduces new storage APIs for array integration so the storage folks can tightly integrate, which should increase the efficiency and performance of the platform in cloud environments too.

VMware has also expanded its management portfolio with the Ionix gear it got from parent company EMC. Ionix Application Stack Manager and Ionix Server Configuration Manager are now called vCenter Configuration Manager, which is supposed to ensure policy-based compliance and sidestep configuration drift by automating manual configuration tasks across virtual and physical servers and workstations.

Meanwhile, Ionix Application Discovery Manager has become vCenter Application Discovery Manager for mapping application dependencies to accelerate data center moves, planning infrastructure consolidations and virtualizing business-critical apps.

VMware said per-VM licensing will take effect in September for vCenter AppSpeed, Chargeback and Site Recovery Manager and in late 2010, early 2011 for CapacityIQ.

Application Discovery Manager and Configuration Manager are priced per virtual machine managed with base configurations typically starting at $50,000.

VMware claims 170,000 customers and 84% of all the virtualized apps in the world. According to Gartner, Red Hat, which now sees VMware as the horse to beat and its chief rival, is still a niche player.

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
We are seeing a major migration of enterprises applications to the cloud. As cloud and business use of real time applications accelerate, legacy networks are no longer able to architecturally support cloud adoption and deliver the performance and security required by highly distributed enterprises. These outdated solutions have become more costly and complicated to implement, install, manage, and maintain.SD-WAN offers unlimited capabilities for accessing the benefits of the cloud and Internet. ...
Founded in 2000, Chetu Inc. is a global provider of customized software development solutions and IT staff augmentation services for software technology providers. By providing clients with unparalleled niche technology expertise and industry experience, Chetu has become the premiere long-term, back-end software development partner for start-ups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 companies. Chetu is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with thirteen offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that "IoT Now" was named media sponsor of CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO 2018 New York, which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City, NY. IoT Now explores the evolving opportunities and challenges facing CSPs, and it passes on some lessons learned from those who have taken the first steps in next-gen IoT services.
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that ICOHOLDER named "Media Sponsor" of Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO. ICOHOLDER gives detailed information and help the community to invest in the trusty projects. Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO has opened its Call for Papers. The two-day event will present 20 top Blockchain experts. All speaking inquiries which covers the following information can be submitted by email to [email protected] Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPOalso offers sp...
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...
Headquartered in Plainsboro, NJ, Synametrics Technologies has provided IT professionals and computer systems developers since 1997. Based on the success of their initial product offerings (WinSQL and DeltaCopy), the company continues to create and hone innovative products that help its customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infrastructure. To date, over one million users around the world have chosen Synametrics solutions to help power their accelerated business or per...