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EMC POWERPATH/VE FOR VMWARE VSPHERE

Chad Sakac, EMC Vice President, VMware Technology Alliance, explains the tight integration between EMC PowerPath/VE and VMware vSphere and points out its dramatic performance and availability potential. Learn how your infrastructure behind vSphere can meet your performance and availability requirements.

PowerPath/VE will be available in June. Pricing starts at $2,100 per physical server for new PowerPath customers and $1,430 for current customers.

VMWARE FAULT TOLERANCE – DELIVER 24 X 7 AVAILABILITY FOR YOUR APPLICATIONS

VSphere is here & with it comes VMware Fault Tolerance! Absolutely fantastic technology that everyone should check out.

Maximize uptime in your datacenter and reduce downtime management costs by enabling VMware Fault Tolerance for your virtual machines. VMware Fault Tolerance, based on vLockstep technology, provides zero downtime, zero data loss continuous availability for your applications, without the cost and complexity of traditional hardware or software clustering solutions.

* Reduce IT costs and improve flexibility with server consolidation
* Decrease downtime and improve reliability with business continuity and disaster recovery
* Increase energy efficiency by running fewer servers and dynamically powering down unused servers with our green IT solutions

Super hot stuff. Check this link for a video. (not to be missed)

WHAT’S NEW WITH VMWARE VSPHERE 4

It’s finally out!

VMware vSphere 4 is the industry’s first cloud operating system, transforming the IT infrastructure (servers, storage, networks) into a private cloud—a collection of internal clouds federated on-demand to external clouds—delivering IT infrastructure as an easily accessible service.

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EMC STORAGE VIEWER PLUG-IN FOR VMWARE VCENTER!

Finally !

EMC Storage Viewer provides the user a view of the relationships between VMware virtual machines, disk files, datastores and underlying EMC storage devices including Symmetrix and CLARiiON

The Storage Viewer Plug-in has been posted to EMC Powerlink and is available for download in all the PowerLink views – customers, partners and employees at Home > Support > Product and Diagnostic Tools > Symmetrix Tools > Symmetrix Tools for VMware

Also see Chad’s blog here:

http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2009/04/where-to-get-the-emc-storage-viewer-vcenter-plugin.html

FUN WITH THE VMWARE vSPHERE BETA (PART 1)

 

There’s been a lot of interest in ESX/ESXi 2.5 Update 4 recently, but we shouldn’t forget that the next release of ESX (renamed VMware vSphere) is just around the corner.  I took a shot at installing the vSphere beta in my test lab a few weeks ago – and did a face-plant.

 

I have a lab server with ESX 3.5 installed, so I thought I’d try doing an in-place upgrade.  I had already downloaded the vSphere beta .iso, so I tried burning it to a CD.  Unfortunately the .iso image is 770 MB and a CD only holds 700 MB, so I needed a blank DVD.

 

I didn’t have a blank DVD.

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VMWARE vSPHERE: CISCO NEXUS WILL ARRIVE IN 1H 2009

One of the biggest enhancements expected with the next version of VMware Infrastructure (possibly called vSphere 4.0) is the new pluggable virtual infrastructure, which will allow customers to replace the standard VMNet virtual switch with 3rd party software switches – like Cisco’s Nexus 1000V

Highlights of the switch are:

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VMWARE VIRTUAL INFRASTRUCTURE v4 NAMED “vSPHERE”

At the recent Minneapolis VMware User Group (VMUG) meeting, VMware employees disclosed to a group of 150+ attendees the new name for the next generation of Virtual Infrastructure many have been referring to as VI4 or VI.next.  The new name is VMware vSphere.

This is just the next step in a series of product renames: Virtual Desktop Manager becomes VMware View, VirtualCenter becomes vCenter Server …

Expect that vSphere will truly represent the needs and attributes of a multi-site, meshed data center operating system – providing true cloud computing and ingress/egress capability for workloads.