VMware's VI3 Upgraded with new Features

VMware announced today the first official minor dot release to its VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) product released back in June of this year. The updated release brings VMware ESX Server to 3.0.1 and VMware VirtualCenter to 2.0.1. Both updates are available at no additional charge to customers who have VI3 support and subscription contracts. The minor dot release actually offers quite a bit of improvement to the

VMware announced today the first official minor dot release to its VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) product released back in June of this year. The updated release brings VMware ESX Server to 3.0.1 and VMware VirtualCenter to 2.0.1. Both updates are available at no additional charge to customers who have VI3 support and subscription contracts.

The minor dot release actually offers quite a bit of improvement to the product, more so than the typical bug fixes that are usually associated with such a dot release. The update adds full support for 64-bit operating systems, a non-disruptive upgrade process from VMware ESX Server 2.x hosts and storage, localization in German and Japanese, as well as expanded hardware interoperability.

"64-bit computing brings important advancements in application performance and scalability and greatly expands the enterprise workloads that can benefit from the volume economics of x86 hardware systems," said Brian Byun, vice president of products and alliances at VMware. "The transition to 64-bit computing is a gradual one for customers. VMware Infrastructure 3 will be key to managing this gradual adoption curve as customers look to run mixed environments containing 32- and 64-bit applications and on multiple operating systems. It allows customers to simultaneously deploy new applications on a 64-bit operating system and run older applications on a 32-bit operating system, all while standardizing on a shared and dynamic infrastructure and achieving the benefits of virtual infrastructure."

With this update to VMware Infrastructure 3, VMware offers support for Windows, Red Hat, SUSE and Sun Solaris 64-bit operating systems, enabling customers to virtualize memory-intensive, next-generation 64-bit applications for improved performance. The importance of which will continue to grow at a rapid pace as software vendors continue to make the push to develop next-generation applications that run on a 64-bit operating system.

The update also expands an already impressive list of hardware support. With the new release, VMware's VI3 is now able to support a larger array of servers, storage systems, storage adapters, and a new series of processors such as AMD's 2000/8000 series and Intel's Xeon 7100 (codename Tulsa).

Evidence of VMware and virtualization's growing worldwide popularity is the addition of localization of the product in German and Japanese. The release of VI3 and its documentation will be available in German and Japanese at the end of October 2006.

One of the most anticipated additions with this release is the addition of a new migration tool. The new tool is expected to help users ease the process of upgrading to VMware Infrastructure 3. The new upgrade capability allows customers to use VMware VMotion technology to upgrade from VMware ESX Server 2.x hosts and storage to VMware ESX Server 3.0.1. It will greatly simplify the process and reduce virtual machine downtime during the upgrade by enabling customers to execute the migration with a single operation from the user interface.

VMware ESX Server 3.0.1 and VMware VirtualCenter 2.0.1 are expected to be available for download this week on VMware's Web site.

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