Cloud Computing: VMware Launches Software-Defined Data Center

December 4, 2012 Off By Hoofer

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

VMware announced Monday that it has integrated its virtualized environment software with its cloud management products, putting into one box the software that generates virtual machines, applies cloud management, and introduces performance and capacity management to the resulting environment.

Dubbed VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, it combines the latest version of three previously separate products: vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.6 for virtual systems management; vFabric Application Director 5.0 for deploying applications in a virtual environment; and vCloud Suite 5.1 for managing pooled resources as a cloud operation…

The combination is available at a price of $4,995 per processor. VCenter Operations and vFabric Application Director also remain available as separate products with their separate price points. The combination might also be dubbed the "software-defined data center in a box." VMware has adopted the notion of the software-defined data center as the best explanation for what its combined software aims to achieve. A software-defined data center is one where major changes and adjustments may be accomplished in live operations through rules and processes captured in software…

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