Today has been a day of big announcements. I’ll start with the introduction to vCloud Suite, straight from the horse’s mouth – http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vcloud-suite/overview.html
VMware vCloud Suite is an integrated solution for building and managing a complete cloud infrastructure. vCloud Suite fulfills the promise of the in which infrastructure services are freed from the constraints of specialized hardware and pooled together to meet IT’s most critical needs. Built-in operations management and security help to complete the picture.
As delivered by VMware vCloud Suite, the software-defined datacenter provides all the cloud infrastructure characteristics essential for success:
- Standardized—Homogeneous infrastructure delivered across pools of standard x86 hardware, to eliminate unnecessary complexity.
- Holistic—A unified platform optimized for the entire datacenter fabric, to support any and all workloads.
- Adaptive—Self-programmable infrastructure that dynamically configures and reconfigures the environment according to changing application demands.
- Automated—A management framework with built-in intelligence to eliminate complex and brittle scripting, for cloud-scale operations with less manual effort and significant cost savings.
- Resilient—A software-based architecture that compensates for failing hardware, delivering unprecedented resiliency at minimum cost.
There are three different tiers – Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise Plus. Below, a chart showing the different features included in each tier.
At launch through the end of the year, customers with existing vSphere Enterprise Plus licenses with current subscription and support will be entitled to vCloud Suite Standard at no cost. There will be upgrades available to the vCloud Suite Advanced and Enterprise Plus.
vSphere 5.1 was also launched today. Some key features are:
- vSphere vMotion® – Leverage the advantages of vMotion (zero-downtime migration) without the need for shared storage configurations. This new vMotion capability applies to the entire network.
- vSphere Distributed Switch – Enhancements such as Network Health Check, Configuration Backup and Restore, Roll Back and Recovery, and Link Aggregation Control Protocol support and deliver more enterprise-class networking functionality and a more robust foundation for cloud computing.
- Larger virtual machines – Virtual machines can grow two times larger than in any previous release to support even the most advanced applications. Virtual machines can now have up to 64 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) and 1TB of virtual RAM (vRAM).
- Zero-downtime upgrade for VMware Tools – After you upgrade to the VMware Tools available with version 5.1, no reboots will be required for subsequent VMware Tools upgrades.
We’ll have some more in-depth coverage of vSphere 5.1 and all the new features in the near future.
The first big change is around vCloud Suite licensing. Previously, all vCloud, vCenter Operations, etc., licensing was per VM, but now with the vCloud Suites, licensing is per socket, which should prove to be beneficial to customers.
The second change is the removal of vRAM licensing. This has been a big point of contention in the customer and partner community since it was introduced with vSphere 5, so VMware listened and got rid of vRAM as a concept in its entirety.
Paul Maritz out, Pat Gelsinger in as VMware CEO
Today also signaled the official switch over from Paul Maritz, who has been the chief executive at VMware since the board ousted co-founder Diane Greene in 2008, to Pat Gelsinger, long-time executive at Intel, and more recently, EMC. VMware has flourished under Maritz’s leadership for the last four years, so it will be interesting going forward to see how Gelsinger handles the reins.
That’s it from us on day 1. Come back tomorrow for more coverage from VMworld 2012!