December 17, 2007
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 11 -- VMware
Inc., the virtualization software leader, today announced that the
latest version of VMware Infrastructure 3, including VMware ESX Server
3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5, is generally available. The release provides
new capabilities for increased levels of automation, improved overall
infrastructure availability and higher performance for mission critical
"Our customers have been using VMware Infrastructure to simplify management, drastically lower costs, better manage IT capacity, and provide greater service levels," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president of products and solutions for VMware. "This new release builds upon our proven virtualization platform to deliver the non-stop virtual infrastructure, higher performance and better management."
Numerous performance optimizations in ESX Server 3.5 such as support for paravirtualized Linux and large memory pages help bring significant performance gains to many common workloads such as Java applications and Oracle databases.
"The next phase in virtualization growth within the enterprise is resource automation to yield improved data center flexibility and lower administrative costs," said Chris Wolf, senior analyst for Burton Group. "Streamlining IT operations in what is fast becoming the next generation data center is best achieved by deploying a mature hypervisor combined with transparent storage management, proven high availability, and an intelligent management layer capable of increasing system responsiveness as workload demands fluctuate. Today's enterprises have high expectations for virtualization platforms and vendors that deliver on those expectations are best positioned for long term success."
"VMware has once again proven why it is the leader in the virtualization industry with its latest release," said Larry C. Miller, Jr., system engineer for Southwestern Energy Co., an integrated energy company primarily focused on the exploration and production of natural gas. "Previous versions of ESX server gave us a strong foundation to build our virtual infrastructure, but the new release is rich in new features. Best of all it's easy: easy to understand, easy to implement, and easy to administer."
"We have been using VMware Infrastructure for more than two years because it provides smaller organizations with advanced capabilities, such as disaster recovery and high availability, which would not be possible otherwise due to costs and complexity," said Shane Yoder, enterprise systems manager for TMI Systems Design Corp., which manufactures laminate casework. "VMware Update Manager is helpful because it simplifies managing and updating ESX Server hosts, and we can use it with VMware DRS (Distributed Resource Scheduler) to automatically move virtual machines for proper allocations that maximize performance."
"We have used the beta version of Storage VMotion in production environments -- and it works as advertised. This feature will save us a lot of time and further increase uptime in our environment," said Noah Johnson, senior systems engineer for Freightliner LLC, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. "Previously, when migrating from one storage device to another, we'd have to take servers down, set up maintenance windows, migrate storage disks, and set everything back up. It was not easy and very time consuming. We are planning to upgrade to ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 as soon as it is available. There's no better way to run an enterprise than VMware Infrastructure."
VMware ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 provides the following new features:
- Large memory pages for both ESX Server as well as guest operating systems improve memory processing for memory intensive workloads such as databases.
- Support for TCP Segmentation Offload and jumbo frames reduces the CPU overhead associated with processing network i/o, and benefits workloads such as Citrix and Windows Terminal Services.
- Support for paravirtualized Linux improves the performance of Linux workloads.
For more information, visit www.vmware.com/products/vi/whatsnew.html.
VMware is the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems. Organizations of all sizes use VMware solutions to simplify their IT, fully leverage their existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business demands. VMware is based in Palo Alto, Calif., and majority-owned by EMC Corp. For more information, visit www.vmware.com/.
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