Virtualization Benefits

All Virtualization Is Not Created Equal

The differences between vendor platforms are considerable, especially for smaller businesses. It’s important to choose wisely to achieve maximum agility and efficiency, the highest ROI and the most substantial reductions in IT overhead and complexity.

Trust the Recognized Virtualization Leader

From the largest multinationals to the smallest start-ups, more than 500,000 businesses worldwide trust their mission-critical applications to VMware virtualization solutions that deliver:

  • The most mature and comprehensive technology
  • Built-in high availability for all your applications
  • Unmatched reliability and security
  • The fastest and easiest installation

World-Class Data Center Capabilities Right-Sized for Smaller Businesses

VMware is known as the standard for large enterprises, but we are also the No. 1 choice of small and midsize businesses worldwide. Our affordable small-business packages simplify your infrastructure, speed operations, and reduce your costs—with capabilities competitors can’t match at any price.

VMware Advantages

  • The most mature, proven, and comprehensive platform. VMware vSphere is fifth-generation virtualization—many years ahead of any alternative. It delivers higher reliability, more advanced capabilities, and greater performance than competing solutions. VMware’s virtualization pre-eminence is recognized universally by analysts and overwhelmingly by the marketplace.
  • High application availability. Purchased separately, high-availability infrastructure remains complex and expensive. But VMware integrates robust availability and fault tolerance right into our platform to protect all your virtualized applications. Should a node or server ever fail, all its VMs are automatically restarted on another machine, with no downtime or data loss.
  • Wizard-based guides for ease of installation. VMware’s wizard-based guides take the complexity out of setup and configuration. You can be up and running in one-third the deployment time of other solutions.
  • Simple, streamlined management. VMware lets you administer both your virtual and physical environments from a “single pane of glass” console right on your web browser. Time-saving features such as auto-deploy, dynamic patching, and live VM migration reduce routine tasks from hours to minutes. Management becomes much faster and easier, boosting productivity without adding to your head count.
  • Higher reliability and performance. Our platform blends CPU and memory innovations with a compact, purpose-built hypervisor that eliminates the frequent patching, maintenance and I/O bottlenecks of other platforms. The net result is best-in-class reliability and consistently higher performance; for heavy workloads, VMware achieves 2-to-1 and 3-to-1 performance advantages over our nearest competitors.
  • Superior security. VMware’s hypervisor is far thinner than any rival, consuming just 144 MB compared with others’ 3-to-10 GB disk profile. Our small hypervisor footprint presents a tiny, well-guarded attack surface to external threats, for airtight security and much lower intrusion risk.
  • Greater savings. VMware trumps other virtualization solutions by providing 50 percent to 70 percent higher VM density per host—elevating per-server utilization rates from 15 percent to as high as 80 percent. You can run many more applications on much less hardware than with other platforms, for significantly greater savings in capital and operating costs.
  • Affordability. VMware is highest in capabilities, but not cost. Starting at $165 per server, our small business packages consolidate more of your applications on fewer servers, with greater performance—delivering the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).

To quickly determine and compare the cost of deploying VMware virtualization in your environment, use our cost-per-application calculator.

VMware Virtualization Checklist
  • Greatest Cost Savings
  • Highest Server Utilization
  • Built-In High Availability
  • Zero Downtime Failover
  • Best Performance
  • Unmatched Reliability
  • Superior Security
  • Lowest TCO
  • Fastest, Easiest Management

Virtualization Pre-Eminence: Analysts and the Marketplace Align on VMware

VMware still has advanced capabilities that the others lack.

It's easy to see that VMware has the best, most feature-rich solution on the market. It's years ahead of the competition in many ways and will likely continue to lead the field for many years to come.

InfoWorld, April 2011