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VMware Enhances vSphere for SMBs


Small and midsize companies have a new path to VMware virtualization management tools, as vSphere gets a dose of vCenter Operations Management Suite and new data protection options.

VMware on Tuesday announced a new vSphere virtualization platform line that incorporates the standard edition of its vCenter Operations Management Suite.

VMware vSphere with Operations Management adds the management and reporting capabilities of vCenter Operations to the existing vSphere platform. VMware marketing manager Mike Adams described the new vSphere line as a logical next step after last year's launch of vCloud, the company's software-defined data center play aimed at large enterprises.

"We said: Geez, what about people who buy transactionally from us -- people outside of our enterprise license agreement, people who buy through the channel? What about them?" Adams said in an interview. vSphere with Operations Management is VMware's answer to its own question.

It's made up of two key components. The first is "operational insight" -- a fancy way of saying monitoring -- and includes an environmental health and performance data dashboard. The second is capacity management, which is intended to prevent IT pros from feeling their way around the virtual dark. VMware is touting capacity utilization improvements of up to 40% with the new line.

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