VMware vSphere

VMware vSphere

The vSphere platform is the best foundation for your applications, your cloud and your business

vSphere helps you get the best performance, availability, and efficiency from your infrastructure and applications. It’s the ideal foundation for any cloud environment.

vSphere with Operations Management takes vSphere to the next level with intelligent operations and consistent management. It provides you better insights, resulting in better performance and availability.

Benefits

Efficiency through utilisation and automation

Achieve consolidation ratios of 15:1 or more and improve hardware utilisation from 5–15 percent to as much as 80 percent or more—without sacrificing performance.

Maximise uptime across your cloud infrastructure

Reduce unplanned downtime and eliminate planned downtime for server and storage maintenance.

Dramatically lower IT costs

Reduce capital expenditures by up to 70% and operational expenditures by up to 30% to achieve 20–30% lower IT infrastructure costs for each application running on vSphere.

Agility with control

Respond quickly to changing business needs without sacrificing security or control, and deliver zero-touch infrastructure with built-in availability, scalability and performance guarantees for all business-critical applications running on vSphere.

Freedom of choice

Use a common, standards based platform to leverage existing IT assets alongside next-generation IT services, and enhance vSphere through open APIs with solutions from a global ecosystem of leading technology providers.

Features

Compute

vSphere ESXi

A robust, high-performance virtualisation layer that abstracts server hardware resources and makes them shareable by multiple virtual machines.

Distributed Resources Scheduler (DRS)

Aligns compute resources with business priorities through automatic load balancing across hosts. Optimises power consumption by turning off hosts during lower load periods.

vMotion

Eliminates application downtime due to planned server maintenance by migrating live virtual machines between hosts, across clusters, distributed switches, vCenter Servers and over long distances of up to 100 ms RTT.

Big Data Extensions

Runs Hadoop workloads on vSphere to achieve higher utilisation, reliability and agility.

NVIDIA GRID vGPU

GRID vGPU brings the full benefit of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics to virtualized solutions.


Management and Operations

Consistent Management

Provides unified and easy-to-use management capabilities purpose-built for vSphere.

Intelligent Operations

Offers better insights with intelligent operations that adapt to your environment.

Operations Automation

Safely automate operations with increased control.

Intelligent Workload Balancing

Visualise capacity utilisation with workloads across clusters, vCenters, and data centers.

Workload Capacity Optimisation

Ensures environments are right-sized based on their workload demands.

vCenter Server

Provides centralised management for the vSphere platform.

vRealize Orchestrator

Lets you assemble workflows using an easy drag-and-drop interface.


Availability

High Availability

Delivers high availability across your entire virtualised IT environment without the cost or complexity of traditional clustering solutions.

Fault Tolerance

Provides continuous availability for applications (up to 4-vCPUs) with zero data loss in the event of server failures.

Data Protection

Delivers storage-efficient backups through patented variable-length deduplication, rapid recovery and WAN-optimised replication for DR.

Replication

Eliminates third-party replication costs through built-in vSphere replication.


Platform Automation

Auto Deploy

Allows you to deploy and patch vSphere hosts in minutes.

Host Profiles

Lets you create a profile once and then use it to configure multiple vSphere hosts.

Update Manager

Reduces time spent on routine remediation by automating the tracking, patching and updating of vSphere hosts.

Content Library

Manage VM templates, vApps, ISO images and scripts with ease from a central repository.


Cloud API Integration

OpenStack API Integration

Leverage VMware Integrated OpenStack with your existing vSphere expertise and infrastructure to provide developers with OpenStack API’s.


Security

vShield Endpoint

Eliminates anti-virus footprints in virtual machines and improves AV scan performance by offloading functions to a security virtual appliance.


Storage

Storage DRS

Provides smart virtual machine placement and load-balancing based on I/O latency and storage capacity.

Virtual Volumes

Enables abstraction for external storage (SAN and NAS) devices making them VM-aware.

Storage-Policy Based Management

Allows common management across storage tiers and dynamic storage class of service automation via a policy-driven control plane.

Storage vMotion

Performs non-disruptive storage migration, eliminates virtual machine storage and I/O bottlenecks and frees up valuable storage capacity.

Storage I/O Control

Prioritises storage access by continuously monitoring I/O storage loads and dynamically allocating available I/O resources to virtual machines according to business needs.

VMFS

Simplifies virtual machine provisioning and administration with a high-performance cluster file system optimised for virtual machines.

Storage Thin Provisioning

Increases virtual machine storage utilisation through dynamic allocation and intelligent provisioning of physical storage capacity.

Storage APIs

APIs enhance storage awareness, data protection and array integration and let you leverage multi-pathing capabilities from third-party storage vendors.


Network

Network I/O Control

Lets you define priority access to network resources according to established business rules.

Distributed Switch

Centralises network provisioning, administration and monitoring using data centre-wide network aggregation.

How to Select a Virtualisation Management Tool

How do you narrow down the masses of tools into just a few to test, and then select a single tool to purchase?

Resources

Case Study: The Waddington Group

vSphere with Operations Management enables agility and scalability to meet growing business demands

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