VMware Introduces Enhanced Virtualization Offerings for Small and Midsize Businesses

VMware vSphere 4.1 Delivers Most Advanced Virtualization Solutions for SMBs Effectively at $83 per Processor, Enabling SMBs to improve infrastructure efficiency and business continuity

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 13, 2010 —VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, today introduced new VMware vSphere™ 4.1 solutions for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) with prices starting at $83 per processor.  VMware’s award-winning platform offers SMBs the most advanced capabilities for virtualized environments that can be rapidly deployed at very affordable price points.

VMware also announced today the availability of VMware vSphere 4.1, with key performance and efficiency enhancements for virtualization and cloud computing environments. [See press release “ VMware Advances Foundation for Cloud Computing”] 

According to an independent survey of North American and European SMB x86 server virtualization decision-makers conducted by Forrester Research, Inc. 74% of the virtualized environments in those SMBs surveyed utilize VMware technologies.  In the same survey, “60% of SMBs rated standardizing on virtualization for server deployment, disaster recovery, business continuity capabilities, and infrastructure consolidation as a high or critical priority.” 

Small and midsize businesses represent the fastest growing segment of VMware’s customer base. In the last two years alone, VMware has tripled the number of customers in the SMB segment by introducing solutions and services aimed specifically at this market. VMware vSphere delivers the most complete virtualization offering for businesses of all sizes. Today’s announcement expands VMware’s portfolio of SMB solutions, bringing the most advanced virtualization capabilities to the broadest range of customers.

"VMware High Availability, Fault Tolerance and Data Recovery give us peace of mind because we know that our critical applications and data are protected and always available on demand—even during hardware failure,” said Max Herring, senior system administrator, Campbell Clinic.  “With VMware vSphere ™, we can easily build an enterprise quality disaster recovery environment at a price point we can afford."

“Small and midsize businesses face similar IT challenges as large enterprises,” said Bogomil Balkansky, vice president, product marketing, Virtualization and Cloud Platforms, VMware. “Solving these challenges requires innovative technologies that deliver cloud-like IT services such as high availability, effective disaster recovery and simplified management. But unlike large enterprises, SMBs have less legacy and organizational complexity, giving them the freedom to adopt emerging technologies more rapidly and quickly achieve significant benefits. By combining more than a decade of proven virtualization expertise with pricing and packaging appropriate for SMBs, VMware delivers a unique set of solutions that helps SMBs accelerate the journey to IT as a Service – delivering enterprise-class functionality while enabling the scalability needed to support the needs of a growing business.”

Award-Winning Virtualization for SMBs

With the release of VMware vSphere 4.1, VMware has enhanced its virtualization portfolio for SMBs, bringing advanced capabilities to this market segment and introducing new price points:

  • VMware vMotion now included in VMware vSphere 4.1 Essentials Plus and Standard editions.  VMware vMotion™ delivers the most advanced live migration capability, enabling customers to rapidly migrate virtual machines across hardware environments without interrupting business operations. Live migration allows customers to effectively consolidate physical systems and utilize resource pools by moving workloads to the optimal environment. vMotion is in use in over 70% of VMware vSphere customers. For the first time, VMware is making this capability available in the VMware vSphere Essentials Plus and Standard editions, targeted for SMB customers. In vSphere 4.1, vMotion is enhanced to deliver a 5X increase in migration speed while supporting up to eight simultaneous migrations.
  • New, lower price for VMware vSphere 4.1 Essentials. The most popular VMware vSphere kit for businesses with fewer than 30 applications, VMware vSphere 4.1 Essentials provides an all-in-one solution for small businesses at $495 for six processors, approximately $83 per processor.
  • ESXi rebranded as VMware vSphere Hypervisor, still available at no cost. VMware vSphere Hypervisor (formerly ESXi single server edition) delivers the proven foundation of VMware’s virtualization technology to customers of all sizes at no cost. Composed of the same underlying hypervisor architecture as the entire VMware vSphere product portfolio, VMware vSphere Hypervisor enables customers to rapidly implement production virtualization environments to take advantage of server consolidation, cost savings and reduced power and cooling consumption. VMware vSphere Hypervisor has been rapidly adopted by the market and has been proven to run even the most resource-intensive applications with the highest performance. The free solution provides a rapidly deployed platform to begin adopting virtualization across the organization.

“VMware vSphere™ Essentials Plus is the only product out there that offers cost-effective high availability,” said  Keith Vincik, IT server administrator, Central Community College. “It's exciting to finally find a virtualization and high availability solution for us small players, not just the big enterprise corps."

Broadest Virtualization Partner Ecosystem

VMware has the industry’s broadest and most robust virtualization partner ecosystem, with more than 25,000 technology, channel and services partners. This broad ecosystem provides SMB and Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) customers with a wide variety of servers, storage devices, networking and applications that interoperate with VMware vSphere 4.1 and are fully supported by each vendor.  In addition, VMware vCloud™ partners such as BlueLock and SunGard are delivering SMB business continuity and disaster recovery solutions that directly leverage public Cloud Computing services.

Pricing and Availability

VMware vSphere 4.1 is currently available, with edition prices starting at $495 for six processors, approximately $83 per processor.  More information on VMware vSphere 4.1 editions and prices.

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VMware delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes. With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere™ – customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2009 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 170,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

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[1] "The State Of Emerging SMB Hardware: 2009 To 2010," Forrester Research, Inc., December, 2009