VMware Ships Updated Platform; Dives Into 'Enterprise Database as a Service'

VMware, Inc., a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure, announced the general availability of VMware vSphere 5, delivering nearly 200 new and enhanced capabilities to help customers transform IT by driving greater efficiency from existing investments and improving operational agility.

VMware vSphere 5 supports virtual machines (VMs) that are up to four times more powerful than previous versions - VMs can now be configured with up to 1 terabyte of memory and 32 virtual CPUs. VMware vSphere 5 also introduces three new features - Auto-Deploy, Profile-Driven Storage, Storage DRS - that extend the platform's unique datacenter resource management capabilities, delivering intelligent policy management to support an automated "set-it-and-forget-it" approach to managing data center resources, including server deployment and storage management.

"With the release of VMware vSphere 5, VMware is helping customers accelerate their journey toward a more efficient and automated cloud infrastructure," says Bogomil Balkansky, senior vice president of cloud infrastructure products for VMware. "The enhancements and new innovations we've introduced in VMware vSphere 5 provide a robust, reliable platform for business applications, enabling customers to effectively respond to the growing needs of their business and giving them confidence in their IT transformation."

VMware also announced a new database provisioning and operations solution designed to deliver a database as a service model for the enterprise. An extension of VMware's Cloud Application Platform strategy, VMware vFabric Data Director is designed to give IT the ability to control and manage a growing set of heterogeneous databases through policy-based automation, while streamlining application development via a self-service provisioning model for developers to rapidly access the database services needed for modern applications.

Built on VMware vSphere, vFabric Data Director will also extend the benefits of virtualized infrastructures to the database tier, optimizing resource utilization for increased operational efficiency and cost savings.

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