Many organizations have remote offices and branch offices (ROBO) with a few servers running a few workloads. IT support for these offices has special challenges with a lack of local IT staff, inconsistent host configurations, limited budget and limited space.  With vSphere ROBO you are able to manage your remote offices and branch offices with little or no local IT staff.  Enable rapid provisioning of servers through virtualization, minimization of host configuration drift and enhanced visibility into regulatory compliance, across multiple sites.  

Live Migration of Workloads

vSphere vMotion allows you to move an entire running virtual machine from one physical server to another, without downtime. The virtual machine retains its network identity and connections, ensuring a seamless migration process. Transfer the virtual machine's active memory and precise execution state over a high-speed network, allowing the virtual machine to switch from running on the source vSphere host to the destination vSphere host. This entire process takes less than two seconds on a gigabit Ethernet network.  This capability is possible over virtual Switches, vCenter Servers, and even long distances.

vMotion at Work - Live Migration of Workloads

Protect VM and Data

vSphere Data Protection provides agent-less, image-level virtual machine backups to disk. It also provides application-aware protection for business-critical Microsoft applications (Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint) along with WAN-efficient, encrypted backup data replication. Features include variable-length deduplication, application-aware backups, single step recovery and direct-to-host emergency restores.  

How vSphere Data Protection Works

Ensure System Uptime

Minimize downtime with uniform, cost-effective failover protection against hardware and operating system outages within your virtualized environment with vSphere High Availability (HA). Monitor hosts and virtual machines and automatically restart virtual machines on other hosts in the cluster when an outage is detected. HA provides uniform, automated protection for all applications without modifications to the application or guest operating system.

vSphere Demo: Increase Application Uptime

How to minimize downtime and recover quickly from unplanned outages using VMware vSphere

Share Data Center Resources

vSphere Content Library enables administrators to manage VM templates, vApps, ISO images and scripts from a central location. Organize the content into libraries, which can be individually configured and managed. Once libraries are created, share content across the boundaries of vCenter Servers and ensure consistency across your data center. Deploy VM templates directly onto a host or cluster for a consistent provisioning experience.

VMware vSphere Content Library empowers vSphere Admins to effectively manage VM templates, vApps, ISO images and scripts

Rapid Deployment and Provisioning

Host profiles, which store configuration settings shared by vSphere hosts, can be attached to one or more vSphere hosts or clusters. The host configuration is compared to the host profile and any deviations are reported so configuration drift can be corrected automatically. Administrators can create a profile once and then use it in conjunction with Auto Deploy to rapidly deploy and provision multiple vSphere hosts, eliminating the need for specialized scripts or manual configuration.  

Using Host Profiles

How to use vSphere Host Profiles to configure and deploy hosts