vSphere 4, the New Cloud OS from VMware
Article by George Norman
On 22 Apr 2009
VMware, company known for being the market leader in terms of virtualization technology, has recently announced that the vSphere 4 cloud operating system (OS) will be made available in the second quarter (Q2) of 2009. The OS has been dubbed by VMware as “the industry’s first operating system for building the internal cloud” and is meant to aid companies that would like to rollout cloud computing, but do not possess the expertise needed in order to do so, nor can they spend huge amounts of money in the process.

“Cloud computing has become known as the next big thing and is now sort of a buzzword, but we believe that with vSphere 4, we can make cloud computing a reality. It's the first iteration of VMware's virtualization as an enabler for cloud infrastructure. It scales higher, runs faster, offers more automated management technologies. We believe where the action is going to be in cloud computing, in the next few years, is helping companies build and transform their internal infrastructure into internal clouds, or internal cloud providers. A company data center can act with efficiency and with the reliability of an internal utility provider, if they want,” commented Vice President of Product Marketing for Servers with VMware, Bogomil Balkansky.


Here are the technical bits and pieces related to VMware’s vSphere 4:
- It is an evolution of VMware Infrastructure 3.
- It is an OS for private clouds.
- Statistically, it can provide: 30% increase in consolidation ratios; about 50% storage savings via VMware vStorage Thin Provisioning; about 20% power and cooling savings via VMware Distributed Power Management.
- According to John Gilmartin, director of product marketing for VMware, you can expect to save about $2 million over 3 years for 1,000 applications.
- 8 virtual processors per virtual machine; 10 virtual NICs per virtual machine; 255GB of memory per virtual machine; 30Gb/s network throughput; over 300,000 I/O operations per second; 8,900 transactions per second.
- 6 versions of vSphere 4 will be made available to the general public on the 21st of May. Pricing starts at $166 per processor.

Tags: VMware, vSphere 4, Cloud Computing
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