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VMWare launches next generation of infrastructure virtualisation

Virtual infrastructure software firm VMWare has launched VMWare Infrastructure 3, the third generation of its infrastructure virtualisation software suite.

The software is designed to allow enterprises of all sizes to optimise and manage their IT environments through virtualisation.

The first generation of VMWare’s virtualisation for industry-standard systems provided server partitioning through a hypervisor or hosted architecture; the second generation added management, capacity planning, a physical to virtual assistant and other tools for consolidating production servers.

The third generation, VMWare Infrastructure 3, is designed to enable systems infrastructure capabilities for entire farms of servers and storage, independent of the application/operating system workloads and of the underlying hardware.

The suite is designed to deliver virtualisation, management, resource optimisation, application availability and operational automation capabilities in an integrated offering.

VMWare Infrastructure 3 incorporates what the company boasts are groundbreaking products: VMWare VMFS, a next-generation distributed file system; VMWare Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS); VMWare High Availability (HA); and VMWare Consolidated Backup.

"VMWare Infrastructure 3 transforms the role of hardware and software so that the business can truly think in terms of deploying services on a pool of continuously available hardware resources," comments Diane Greene, president of VMware.

"Instead of server boxes specifically configured for a given operating system and application, there is now a set of applications mapped to a large pool of resources and the constraint of thinking about individual hardware components becomes an old-fashioned concept. We'll look back on it as the difficult way we used to do things."


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