VMware upgrade reaches for the clouds
vSphere 4.0 is a massive update to VMware's flagship hypervisor and management toolset
Describing vSphere 4.0 as a 'cloud operating system' is both a marketing and an ideological product direction change on the part of VMware. VSphere is faster. It manages resources regardless of location, and regardless of where VM clouds are located and abstracts storage as well as VM guest/applications in ways that are currently unique and flexible.
We feel it's more than a simple 'dot' release and lays down a gauntlet for Microsoft and the Xen (and Sun's VirtualBox/xVM) communities to work on.
Henderson is principal researcher and Allen is a researcher for ExtremeLabs in Indianapolis. They can be reached at email@example.com.
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