VMWare has introduced what it claims is the world's first cloud computing operating system. Based on its virtualisation technology, the operating system, known as vSphere 40, targets IT departments with a flexible IT infrastructure to run applications in-house or via an external hosting provider.
Paul Maritz, president and chief executive officer at VMware, said: "VMware vSphere is the next evolution along this path of innovation. By giving IT organisations a non-disruptive path to cloud computing, we will be leading our customers on a journey that delivers value every step of the way, delivering up to an additional 30% cost reduction today while enabling IT to deliver reliable and adaptable IT services."
VMWare's strategy is to target end-user IT departments that want to reap the benefits of low-cost computing. It argues that users do not have to dump their existing infrastructure and switch public services from Google, Microsoft or Amazon.
Instead vSphere offers CIOs a virtualisation platform that separates applications from physical server hardware, network and storage infrastructure. It allows users to run applications in-house as an internal cloud service, or externally from a cloud computing provider. Virtualisations can be moved between internal and external clouds.
Pricing starts at $166 per processor.
Existing VMware Infrastructure 3 users with valid support and subscription contracts are automatically entitled to VMware vSphere 4 editions.
|VMWare vSphere 24.0 performance boost|
|2x the number of virtual processors per virtual machine (from 4 to 8)|
|2.5x more virtual NICs per virtual machine (from 4 to 10)|
|4x more memory per virtual machine (from 64 GB to 255GB)|
|3x increase in network throughput|
|2x increase in the maximum recorded I/O operations per second (to over 200,000)|
|New maximum recorded number of transactions per second - 8,900 which is 5x the total payment traffic of the VISA network worldwide|
|Targeted performance improvements for specific applications|
|Estimated 50 % improved performance for application development workloads|