VMware just came out with a slew of upgrades to its Virtual Infrastructure, duly noted by IT Business Edge blogger Art Cole, many of which should be welcomed by SMBs.
An Info-Tech Research Group analyst tells eChannelLine columnist Paul Weinberg that VMware's new bundles of SMB-oriented offerings offer far more functionality than its previous entry-level products, and at an attractive price.
VMware Infrastructure 3 Foundation, for example, includes VMware ESX Server, VMware ESX Server 3i, VMware Consolidated Backup and the new VMware Update Manager -- "all of the pieces that you need to start building virtual infrastructure on servers," says the analyst. The suggested list price is $995 for two processors.
Three different Acceleration Kits, priced from $2,995 to $5,995, are designed to ease migration from physical to virtual servers. One of the kits features a Guided Consolidation tool that scans a network and offers recommendations on where and how to consolidate servers. Another has a High Availability tool that allows SMBs to monitor both physical and virtual servers, an improvement from previous versions that monitored only physical servers.