VMware vCloud® Suite 5.1 Delivers the Software-Defined Datacenter

Simplify and automate operations while ensuring application service levels for the most resource-intensive business critical applications with VMware vCloud Suite. The VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 is designed to recast every layer of datacenter infrastructure into software services running across pools of industry standard hardware and bring together the components customers need to build, operate and manage cloud infrastructure — virtualization, software-defined datacenter services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, and application and operations management.

VMware vSphere® 5.1 – A platform for any application

The foundation of the VMware vCloud Suite is an updated version of the world’s most widely deployed virtualization platform, which includes more than 100 enhancements and new features designed to deliver high service levels for all applications, including business-critical workloads and low-latency, I/O-sensitive applications. Key advancements in VMware vSphere 5.1 include more powerful VMs, more innovations to help customers avoid unplanned downtime and more robust networking capabilities. 

VMware vSphere 5.1 can support virtual machines (VMs) with up to 64 virtual CPUs. To keep these VMs running 24/7, VMware has enhanced VMware vMotion® to help enable live migration of VMs without the need for shared storage. VMware vSphere 5.1 also introduces new VMware vSphere Data Protection™ for easy, reliable VM back-up and recovery, VMware vSphere Replication for cost-effective disaster protection, and VMware vShield Endpoint™ for efficient VM security.

VMware vSphere 5.1 includes enhancements to the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch™, including the ability to support up to 500 networked hosts per distributed switch. With new Network Health Check, Configuration Backup and Restore, Roll-Back and Recovery capabilities, VMware vSphere 5.1 Distributed Switch can simplify deployment, ongoing management and troubleshooting of virtual networks. In addition, VMware vSphere 5.1 now supports single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) to help optimize network performance for latency sensitive applications.

VMware vCloud Director® 5.1 – Provision virtual datacenters in minutes

At the heart of the VMware vCloud Suite is a set of software-defined datacenter services which apply the virtualization principles of abstraction, pooling and automation to the domains of storage, networking, security and availability. VMware vCloud Director orchestrates the provisioning of these services to deliver complete virtual datacenters (VDCs) that can be ready for consumption in minutes. VMware vCloud Director 5.1 includes scalability enhancements, enabling it to support elastic VDCs that span multiple VMware vSphere clusters and up to 30,000 VMs. VMware vCloud Director 1.5 has enhanced APIs and an extensibility framework that can enable customers to connect a broad range of third-party infrastructure services. 

VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 – Redefine the network

With the introduction of the vCloud Suite, VMware is delivering a leading software-defined networking and security solution to address one of the final barriers to achieving the agility of cloud computing — the network.  VMware vCloud Networking and Security can enable the dynamic creation of virtual networks and services that are completely decoupled and independent from the physical network hardware. 

vCloud Networking and Security will allow customers to create logical networks for each application or tenant, and it can isolate the network traffic between applications belonging to the same organization — regardless of physical network constraints or boundaries. By creating a pool of network capacity on top of any network hardware, vCloud Networking and Security can easily support tens of thousands of isolated virtual networks with the simplicity and operational ease of creating and managing VMs.

VMware vCloud Networking and Security brings together the VXLAN protocol and VMware vShield Edge™ and application security services to provide a full set of software-defined networking capabilities, and a comprehensive solution lineup for virtualizing the network — from virtual switching to virtualized layer 4-7 services.  It can support the integration of third-party network and security solutions.

vCenter Site Recovery Manager™ 5.1 – Automate disaster recovery for all applications

To ensure the availability and rapid recovery of applications running in the software-defined datacenter, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1 can help simplify disaster recovery planning and ensure predictable recovery through automated testing and plan execution. VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1 can also support datacenter migrations and disaster avoidance. It integrates with VMware vSphere Replication and a broad range of replication technologies from VMware’s partners. VMware vCenter Site Recovery manager is supported by an expanding ecosystem of service providers offering disaster recovery to the cloud services that can enable customers to benefit from vCenter Site Recovery Manager’s disaster recovery without having to invest in failover infrastructure.

As the datacenter becomes software-driven, customers have the opportunity to simplify and automate management and operations to achieve the efficiency and agility of cloud computing. The VMware vCloud Suite includes vFabric Application Director™, vCenter Operations Management Suite™ and vCloud Connector™ to help speed application provisioning, move workloads between clouds, and bring intelligent automation to capacity planning, performance and compliance management.

Pricing & Availability

The VMware vCloud Suite is licensed per processer with no core, vRAM or number of VM limits. This means customers can get the entire set of cloud infrastructure and management capabilities — virtualization, software-defined datacenter services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, application management and operations management — in one offering. 

For a limited time, VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus customers will be able to upgrade to VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 Standard for free or upgrade to vCloud Suite 5.1 Enterprise at 35 percent off the list price.**  

The VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 will be offered in three editions: Standard, Advanced and Enterprise and includes the following products: VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus, VMware vCloud Director, VMware vCloud Connector, VMware vCloud Networking and Security, VMware vFabric Application Director, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager.  Prices will start at $4,995 per processor.

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**The vCloud Suite Upgrade Promotion is available from September 10, 2012, through 11:59PM PT on December 15, 2012. Customers can qualify for this promotion in one of two ways.  Customers must: Have an active Support and Subscription (SnS) agreement to vSphere Enterprise or vSphere Enterprise Plus on August 27, 2012 and at time of upgrade, and must complete their upgrade transaction with VMware before the expiration of the promotion; or, reinstate SnS to vSphere Enterprise or vSphere Enterprise Plus before December 10, 2012, have active SnS at time of upgrade, and complete their upgrade transaction with VMware by December 15, 2012. New purchases of vSphere Enterprise or vSphere Enterprise Plus on or after August 27, 2012 are not eligible for this promotion. Promotion is available to all commercial, academic, and government end-user customers who meet the promotion requirements and place an order containing an eligible SKU through a VMware authorized reselling partner or directly with VMware.  Please contact VMware or your VMware authorized partner for specific pricing information. This promotion cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts unless specifically identified in the other promotion or discount documentation. VMware reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time.