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VMware offers platform for cloud and virtual apps

Veronica C. Silva | June 22, 2011
VMware vFabric 5 is available in a flexible packaging and licensing model.

With applications at the core of virtual and cloud environments, VMware is offering a uniquely priced application platform designed for greater efficiencies - cost-wise and performance-wise.

VMware, a solutions provider for virtualisation and cloud computing, recently announced its VMware vFabric 5 integrated application platform, which is optimised for VMware vSphere, its virtualisation platform. 

It is offering the new solution under a flexible packaging and licensing model where organisations pay for the licence depending on the virtual machines it runs on rather than the number of physical hardware CPUs.

VMWare said this licensing scheme addresses the dilemma faced by organisations which had to forecast peak loads in the future and buy software licence according to that forecast. Its old business model is costly for organisations since the software is idle until such a time when the peak load arrives.

"Cloud computing is reshaping not just how IT resources are consumed by the business, but how those resources are purchased, licensed and delivered," said Tod Nielsen, president, application platform, VMware.

Licensing scheme

"While application infrastructure technologies have advanced to meet the needs of today's enterprise, to date, the business models have remained rigid and out of date. With the introduction of VMware vFabric 5, VMware will inextricably link the cost of application infrastructure software to volume utilised by the organisation and the value delivered back to the business, helping all organisations advance further towards a cloud environment," Nielsen explained.

The VMware vFabric 5 comes with the new Elastic Memory for Java (EM4J) capability for optimal management of memory across Java applications through the use of memory ballooning in the Java Virtual Machine.

An independent industry analyst said that at a time when organisations are striving for efficiencies, solutions that provide application server density is important.

"Another important area of efficiency critical to enterprises is cost efficiency. Modernising licensing to a VM unit of price for virtualised and cloud-enabled application platforms aligns well with enterprise needs," said Maureen Fleming, program vice president of IDC's business process management and middleware research.

VMWare said the solution will be available in late summer 2011 in two versions -- VMware vFabric Standard at US$1,200 per virtual machine and VMware vFabric Advanced at US$1,800 per virtual machine.


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