Modern software-defined compute (also known as server virtualization or simply “virtualization”) is the first step toward the Software-Defined Data Center. Introduced by VMware more than a decade ago, virtualization has become a standard technology implemented by the vast majority of data centers worldwide.
Conventionally deployed servers 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, fully 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 are transformative:
- Superior performance
- Higher availability
- Significant savings
In the simplest terms, IT achieves a lot more with a lot less, at dramatically lower cost.
vSphere. The Virtualization Standard Worldwide
VMware vSphere® is by far the most widely deployed virtualization platform, in service for more than 480,000 customers worldwide, from the Fortune 500 down to the smallest start-ups. In addition to virtualizing the compute layer, vSphere’s advanced capabilities optimize the rest of your infrastructure to operate smoothly as a virtualized environment.
As the foundation for VMware’s complete Software-Defined Data Center platform, vSphere enables you to move forward at a pace that’s right for your needs and business. You can seamlessly extend virtualization to storage and network services, and add automated, policy-based provisioning and management.
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