A reliable industry-proven hypervisor is a critical foundation of a virtualized infrastructure but is not a complete solution by itself. You need an IT services platform that delivers the right infrastructure and application services for running your business - a private cloud. It must include built-in migration, aggregation, allocation, and availability services.
VMware vSphere is the only virtualization platform that delivers all of these built-in services.
- Aggregation: Shared Pools of Resources
- Allocation: Elastic Pooling of Resources
- Availability: Flexible, Uniform High Availability
- Storage Management: Integrated for Easier Management
Aggregation: Transform Isolated Resources into Shared Pools
VMware vSphere aggregates compute resources from farms of physical servers, storage, and network into logical resource pools that maximize efficiency and utilization – this pooling is a critical foundation for building a private cloud. Without this ability to aggregate into logical pools, companies end up with silos of resources even after they have virtualized and performed server consolidation.
Only VMware provides a resource pool model that self-manages and self-optimizes the physical resources while enabling IT to carve out, allocate, and delegate responsibility for logical resources to different constituents according to their resource needs.
- VMware Resource Pools (part of VMware vCenter Server) create shared logical pools of CPU and memory resources within a VMware DRS cluster that guarantee a level of resources for specific groups of users. They can be flexibly added, removed, or reorganized as business needs or organizations change. There is isolation between resource pools so that changes within one resource pool do not impact other unrelated pools. No other offering provides this type of logical resource pooling. Both Citrix and Microsoft have a capability they call “resource pools,” but it only does batch configuration changes to a set of VMs and is tied to physical boundaries—there is no capability to allocate shared resources.
VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch simplifies and enhances the provisioning, administration and monitoring of virtual machine networking. It provides a centralized point of control for cluster level networking and moves beyond per host network configuration in virtual environments. While Microsoft and Citrix are adding similar capabilities, only VMware has the production-proven, integrated, extensible, and highly scalable virtual switch.
Watch a technical video on: VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch and VMware vSphere
- VMware vCloud Networking and Security monitor and enforce network traffic within your virtual datacenter to meet corporate security policies and ensure regulatory compliance. It enables you to run your applications efficiently within a shared computing resource pool, while still maintaining trust and network segmentation of users and sensitive data. Anyone deploying Microsoft or Citrix’s product would have to create separate clusters of virtualization hosts, with each cluster mapped to a specific network security zone. VMs could not move between clusters without violating the network security zone requirements for the VM.
VMware vStorage VMFS is a cluster file system that leverages shared storage to allow multiple instances of VMware ESXi/ESX to read and write to the same storage, concurrently. It allows you to greatly simplify virtual machine provisioning and administration by efficiently storing the entire virtual machine state in a central location. Most other offerings do not include a clustered file system in their virtualization offering—you would need to purchase it from a third party.
Watch a technical video on: VMware vStorage VMFS and Volume Grow and VMware vSphere.