PALO ALTO, Calif. -- VMware, Inc., the virtualization leader, today announced the features of a new VMware Infrastructure release expected to be generally available later this year. The upcoming release of VMware Infrastructure, which will include the new VMware ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5, will allow VMware customers to streamline the management of IT environments through greater levels of automation, increase overall infrastructure availability and boost performance for mission critical workloads. The new release will also include updated packaging and pricing, including new offerings specifically targeted at midsize and smaller IT environments.
This release builds upon nearly a decade of continuous innovation, said Raghu Raghuram, vice president of products and solutions at VMware. We continue to drive improvements across the VMware Infrastructure suite. The new features, such as the first solution to move virtual machine disks across data stores, provide compelling value to customers of all sizes, whether they are small businesses or large enterprises.
VMware Infrastructure is VMwares third-generation, production-ready virtualization suite. According to a recent study of VMware customers, 90 percent of companies surveyed use VMware Infrastructure in production environments. With more than 120 industry and technology awards, VMware provides a much anticipated complete solution that meets customer demand for a next generation firmware hypervisor, enhanced virtual infrastructure capabilities, and advanced management and automation solutions.
Customers are continually looking for more ways to take advantage of their virtualized infrastructure and to maximize the ROI the software can deliver to their organization, said John Humphreys, program vice president at IDC. "With the announcement of VMware ESX Server 3.5 and VMware VirtualCenter 2.5, VMware is raising the bar by not only enhancing existing features but taking virtualization to the next level with new capabilities for increased mobility and service availability. These new features can enable new use cases which in turn will help to drive new customer adoption of virtualization within the industry.