Preview: VMware Infrastructure 3 update builds on the base
VI3 with ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 beefs up server virtualization management with automated patching, virtual disk migration, planning and migration wizardry, and distributed power management; embedded ESX shows purple in the late betaFollow @pvenezia
Apparently there was some discussion within VMware regarding whether to release VMware Infrastructure 3 with ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 as VI3.1. Given the scope of the new features, dubbing it a "dot-five" release was the right choice, and there aren't enough core functionality feature additions to warrant a push to VI4. But hey, what's wrong with a short and simple "VI3.5"? And how about coming up with different terminology to denote the embedded hypervisor? It's already hard enough to explain VI3, ESX 3.5, and VirtualCenter 2.5 to the uninitiated. Adding V3i (or V3.5i) to the mix almost commands the eyes to glaze over in a complete lack of understanding.
Whatever it's called, VMware has a lot riding on this release, not the least of which is the company's outstanding track record of shipping no software before its time. If the released code is significantly more stable than the beta, it will undoubtedly be a winner.
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