SAN FRANCISCO: VMware has revealed the latest version of its vCloud enterprise virtualisation platform.
The company said that the vCloud 5.1 update would bring a complete package of virtualisation and management tools covering the compute, storage, networking and security spaces.
Headlining the release will be the updated virtualisation platform, vSphere 5.1, which will include new migration tools and a higher virtual CPU capacity.
In addition to an updated vSphere platform, the vCloud suite includes version 5.1 of the vCloud Director and Networking and Security packages as well as the vCenter Site Recovery Manager.
VMware chief technology officer Steve Herrod said that the suite will aim to provide firms with capabilities beyond the traditional compute virtualisation realm.
"It is about more than being a hypervisor," Herrod explained.
"It is about virtualising all the components in the datacentre and converting it into a virtualised datacentre."
The new suite will also look to cut the time needed to manage and deploy virtualised network infrastructure. Using technologies from the recently-acquired Nicira, VMware is looking to dramaticly simplified the process of configuring and managing network devices and settings.
The release will also see an overhaul to the company's pricing structure, including the end of the vRAM pricing model. Instead, the company will charge users only on the CPU count of their deployments.
Outgoing chief executive Paul Maritz said that the move was a response to feedback generated from a recent customer survey.
"It is an admission that we made things overly complex, mea culpa," Maritz said.
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