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VMware Eyes Enterprise, Microsoft

With one eye on the enterprise and another on Microsoft's virtualization bid, EMCs VMware unit rolled out its next-generation server virtualization and management platform today. (See VMware Unveils New Suite.)

With VMware Infrastructure 3, consisting of upgrades to ESX Server and VirtualCenter and new modules integrated into several suites, VMware hopes to extend its market share lead in server virtualization and convince customers that Microsoft’s impending virtualization splash isn’t worth waiting for.

“We want to make virtualization something that is pervasively employed throughout the enterprise,” says Patrick Lin, VMware’s director of data center products.

The additions include:

  • Support for shared storage on iSCSI and NAS. ESX Server 3 allows users to virtualize storage on IP-based SAN and NAS systems. Previous ESX Server versions only supported Fibre Channel SANs and attached storage.
  • Virtual machines to four CPUs. Previous versions scaled to two CPUs only.
  • VMware Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS). This module lets users automatically move virtual machines from overloaded servers to servers with extra capacity.
  • VMware High Availability (HA). This module eliminates single points of failure by moving virtual machines from a failed server to other servers, where they are rebooted.
  • VMware Consolidated Backup. This module offloads backup to a centralized server, allowing the ESX Server to run more virtual machines.

    The new features are designed to allow VMware’s VirtualCenter manage up to three times as many hosts and virtual machines as the previous version.

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