VMware vSphere 5.1 Delivers New Features for SMBs

September 13, 2012

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Great effort has gone into the newly announced VMware vSphere 5.1, the foundation of the VMware vCloud Suite, to build out capabilities that help businesses of all sizes and varying IT resources and skill sets to get more out of their virtualized and cloud environments. With the blog we’re focused on how VMware vSphere 5.1 solutions will help small and midsized businesses (SMBs) simplify and protect IT with industry-leading virtualization, business continuity and automated management capabilities.
VMware vSphere 5.1 delivers a breadth of new and improved capabilities to ease daily administrative tasks. Out of the gate administrators will notice the new, browser-based VMware vSphere Web Client. The Web Client is highly scalable enabling administrators to manage more objects and 3x more sessions than before. The Web Client will also allow administrators to pause and resume even the most complex task or workflow without losing their place if interrupted — by storing workflow and state on the server. VMware vCenter Single Sign-On further streamlines VMware vSphere 5.1 operations by enabling administrators to log-in once and access all instances or layers depending on their profile and rights. No more logging in multiple times to carry out basic activities.


Together these new and enhanced capabilities ease the deployment and administration of VMware vSphere 5.1 environments significantly by automating previously manual tasks to deliver time savings and reduced complexity.
Improved IT Availability via New and Enhanced Backup and Recovery, Replication Capabilities
SMBs will be able to further protect and secure their IT systems with VMware vSphere 5.1.  VMware vSphere Data Protection is a new backup and recovery solution delivering complete data protection for virtual machines.  It is integrated with VMware vCenter Server to simplify set up and on-going management of backup and recovery tasks.
VMware vSphere 5.1 introduces VMware vSphere Replication. This new feature offers powerful and affordable virtual machine level replication allowing customers to use of lower tier storage at their failover site.
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1 delivers functionality to more easily and cost-effectively deploy a shared storage software environment, enabling high availability in SMB and Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) environments.
To secure virtual machines, VMware vSphere 5.1 now features the newly integrated VMware vShield Endpoint.  VMware vShield Endpoint helps businesses strengthen security for virtual machines while delegating antivirus and anti-malware agent processing to a dedicated secure virtual appliance delivered by VMware partners.  The solution allows customers to take advantage of existing investments by relying on the same management interfaces used to secure physical environments.
VMware vSphere 5.1 delivers new features and enhancements across administration, compute, backup and recovery, among other areas, to help SMBs simplify and protect their IT environments.
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