Modern software-defined compute, also known as virtualization, is the first step toward the Software-Defined Data Center. Introduced by VMware more than a decade ago, x86 server virtualization has become a standard technology used by a vast majority of data centers worldwide.
Servers deployed the conventional way operate at less than 15 percent of capacity. Virtualization rewrites the entire equation. CPU and memory are decoupled from physical hardware, creating pools of resources for use wherever needed. Each virtualized application and its operating system are encapsulated in a separate, isolated software container called a virtual machine (VM). Many VMs can be run simultaneously on each server, putting the majority of hardware capacity to productive use. The results have transformed server efficiency by offering:
- Superior performance
- Higher availability
- Significant savings
The result: IT achieves significantly more with much less, at dramatically lower cost through virtualization.
vSphere. The Virtualization Standard Worldwide
VMware vSphere is by far the most widely adopted and deployed virtualization platform, with more than 500,000 customers worldwide, from Fortune 500 companies to the smallest start-ups. In addition to virtualizing the compute layer, vSphere’s advanced capabilities optimize the your infrastructure to operate smoothly in a virtualized environment.
As the foundation for VMware’s complete Software-Defined Data Center platform, vSphere is the starting point for building your Software-Defined Data Center. With vSphere in place, you can seamlessly extend virtualization to storage and network services and add automated, policy-based provisioning and management.
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