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VMware unifies its virtualization products into a single suite called Virtual Infrastructure (VI) 3

Server virtualization specialist VMware has announced a major upgrade to its ESX Server and VirtualCenter product suites, plus a major cut in prices that will make the tools easier to justify for branch office and small business deployments.

At a company event in Boston , VMware announced that its range of virtualization products has been unified into a single suite called Virtual Infrastructure (VI) 3.

The upgrade to ESX Server raises the maximum amount of RAM that can be used by a virtual machine (VM) from 3.5GB to 16GB, and increases the number of CPUs that can be used from two to four. It also enables ESX Server to run VMs stored on iSCSI and network-attached storage (NAS) devices, which should further increase the suite’s appeal to smaller IT operations.

New Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) capabilities in the VirtualCenter management console enable automatic load balancing across a group of ESX Server systems, while the addition of a high-availability (HA) feature lets the suite detect and automatically restart VMs that crash or halt.

Read the entire article here, VMware revamp broadens appeal – IT Week

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