CLOUD OS: VSPHERE 4 LAUNCHES
This week, VMware upgraded its main product line VMware Infrastructure 3, to deliver IT infrastructure as a service internally.
SaaS, or “Software as a Service” is a term often seen in discussions of Cloud Computing, where these services are offered remotely from data centers over the Web. With vSphere, companies can now do this internally as well. VMware is calling it “the industry’s first operating system for building the internal cloud.”
vSphere was foreshadowed with the announcement of VDC-OS (Virtual Data Center Operating System) last Summer at the Las Vegas VMworld Conference, as I wrote about here.
There are several capabilities of this new release that are impressive. Here are the ones that caught my eye:
- 8000 DB transactions per second per virtual machine. Can you say OLTP?
- Over 200,000 IOPS per ESX host. Can you say Ultra Enterprise Sun IBM “Oracle”-Fire 15000 High Performance Computing? [I launched the StarFire 10000 when I was at Sun.]
- Ability to control an entire virtual data center from a single pane of glass. VMware calls this the ability to “holistically manage” infrastructure elements.
- Access to the Cisco Nexus 1000v “virtual switch.”
- Fault Tolerance permits a “ghost” version of a VM to run on another physical server, in “lock step” but invisibly, such that should the original VM or server fail, the fault tolerant version will immediately become available on the second server.
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