VMware vSphere 4.1 Platform Targets Small, Midmarket Business

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VMware asks midmarket companies to join them in the cloud with the latest version of its virtualization solution package, vSphere 4.1, which offers a lower price and enhanced features such as vMotion, a live migration capability.

Desktop virtualization solutions specialist VMware announced the launch of vSphere 4.1 solutions for small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) with prices starting at $83 per processor and offering key performance and efficiency enhancements for virtualization and cloud computing environments. The company’s vMotion platform, which delivers live migration capability, is also for the first time included in VMware vSphere 4.1 Essentials Plus and Standard editions.

Essentials, the most popular vSphere kit for businesses with fewer than 30 applications, provides an all-in-one solution for small businesses at $495 for six processors, approximately $83 per processor. ESXi, re-branded as vSphere Hypervisor, is still available at no cost, the company noted. Composed of the same underlying hypervisor architecture as the entire vSphere product portfolio, Hypervisor helps enable customers to implement production virtualization environments to take advantage of server consolidation, cost savings and reduced power and cooling consumption.

The company said vMotion is in use in more than 70 percent of vSphere customers, and for the first time, VMware is making this capability available in the vSphere Essentials Plus and Standard editions, both targeted for SMB customers. In vSphere 4.1, vMotion is enhanced to deliver a 5X increase in migration speed while supporting up to eight simultaneous migrations.

"VMware high availability, fault tolerance and data recovery give us peace of mind because we know that our critical applications and data are protected and always available on demand -- even during hardware failure," said Max Herring, senior system administrator at Campbell Clinic, a medical practice in Memphis. "With VMware vSphere(TM), we can easily build an enterprise-quality disaster recovery environment at a price point we can afford."

According to a recent survey of North American and European server virtualization decision-makers conducted by Forrester Research, 60 percent of SMBs rated standardizing on virtualization for server deployment, disaster recovery, business continuity capabilities and infrastructure consolidation as a high or critical priority. VMware noted SMBs represent the fastest growing segment of the company’s customer base.

VMware recently struck a deal with IT distributor Ingram Micro to provide on-demand, pay-as-you-go style licensing.

"Small and midsize businesses face similar IT challenges as large enterprises," said Bogomil Balkansky, VMware’s vice president of virtualization and cloud platform product marketing. "Solving these challenges requires innovative technologies that deliver cloud-like IT services such as high availability, effective disaster recovery and simplified management."