VMware promises more choice with unified hybrid cloud platform

Enterprise IT vendor VMware has revealed its unified platform of virtualized compute, networking and storage for the hybrid cloud — in San Francisco.

VMware’s latest platform will enable customers to create one environment across the private and public cloud to run any cloud-native or traditional application. Customers can build and manage their applications and cloud environments based on their specific needs.

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Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, said: “We are taking another leap forward in helping our customers meet these demands through a unified platform, defined in software, which will offer unmatched choice and extends our innovations across compute, networking and storage to deliver the hybrid cloud.”

VMware vSphere 6

VMware vSphere 6 will be the foundation for the hybrid cloud. It delivers new capabilities to address the needs of business-critical and cloud-native applications with higher performance, scale and consolidation ratios.

VMware vSphere 6 will enable enterprises to deliver high-end workstation and graphics-intensive applications to virtual desktops such as VMware Horizon 6 for industries such as engineering, automotive, education and architecture. Using NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology, immersive 3D graphics can be delivered from the cloud enabling greater density, scalable performance and increased cost-savings.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

VMware Virtual SAN 6

VMware Virtual SAN 6 will enable a two-tier all-flash architecture. The new all-flash architecture will provide more than four times increase in input/output throughput per node compared to VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 while delivering predictable sub-millisecond latency.

A 64-node VMware Virtual SAN cluster will deliver up to seven million input/output operations per second (IOPS) with nearly perfect linear scalability.

The new release will double scalability to 64 nodes per cluster enabling customers to achieve up to 6,400 virtual machines per cluster and exceed eight petabytes of storage capacity from a cluster.

The release will introduce a better efficient snapshot capability increasing the snapshot depth to 32 per virtual machine while minimizing the performance overhead.

VMware Virtual SAN 6 will enable intelligent placement of virtual machine objects across server racks for enhanced application availability even in case of complete rack failures.


The company has priced VMware Virtual SAN at $2,495 per CPU. VMware Virtual SAN for Desktop is priced at $50 per user. The new All-Flash architecture will be available as on add-on to VMware Virtual SAN 6 and will be priced at $1,495 per CPU and $30 per desktop.

VMware Integrated OpenStack is free for use for vSphere Enterprise Plus, vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus and vCloud Suite customers. Production-level technical support for VMware Integrated OpenStack including the OpenStack open source code is optional and can be purchased separately for $200 per CPU (minimum of 50 CPUs).

The price of vSphere 6 is $995 per CPU. The price for vSphere with Operations Management 6 starts at $1,745 per CPU. Pricing for vCloud Suite 6 starts at $4,995 per CPU.

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