VMware bows to customers, changes vSphere 5 licensing: News in brief

After facing customer backlash, VMware has raised the virtual RAM limit in its new vSphere 5 licensing model.

VMware changes vSphere 5 licensing after customer backlash
VMware has raised the virtual RAM (vRAM) limits in its new vSphere 5 licensing model after facing criticism from customers. 

VMware said the changes, which came just three weeks after the vendor announced the new licensing model, will better reflect how customers assign memory to virtual machines.

Under the revised licensing model, vSphere 5 Standard, Essentials and Essentials Plus now allow 32 GB of vRAM, up from 24 GB. The limits have increased to 64 GB on vSphere 5 Enterprise (up from 32 GB) and 96 GB on vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus (up from 48 GB).

Most VMware users have welcomed the changes.                                                                                                  

Cloud computing boosts Autonomy sales
Autonomy, a U.K.-based search software firm, has reported a 16% rise in revenues, driven by growth in its cloud business.

Autonomy's second-quarter income was  at $256 million (£156 million), and income from cloud services was up 37% -- totalling $64 million (£39 million), which represented 25% of the total income for that period. The company’s total half-year income was at $466 million (£284 million).

Execs said they saw many customers opt for the company’s cloud model. Other highlights for Autonomy in the first half of the year included the acquisition of Iron Mountain's digital assets and cloud backup services, plus the launch of an augmented reality platform, Aurasma.

Dell breathes fresh air into data centre cooling
Dell has released new technology that will allow its customers to run servers at higher temperatures (up to 45 Celsius) for a short time. The technology comes as customers seek to reduce energy consumption and cut operational costs.

The company is integrating its Dell Fresh Air cooling technology with its new server, storage and network equipment. Users can operate the equipment even without chillers, which means more customers will be able to use air-cooling techniques in their data centres, Dell said. The new technology will be useful even to customers who have already economised their data centres for cooling, the company added.

As trends in data centre design evolve, experts are suggesting other innovative ways to achieve energy efficiency, such as using solar panels and wind turbines.

Archana Venkatraman is the site editor for SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.UK. 

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