6 Replies Latest reply on May 15, 2009 7:40 AM by AsherN

    What exactly *IS* vSphere?

    mystereman Enthusiast

       

      Ok, maybe i'm just dense.  I've read a bunch of the descriptions on the web site, read the information, etc..  But it is just filled with buzzwords and very little meat as to what it actually is and how it actually works.

       

       

      It seems like it's just a rebranded esx4, but including some vague stuff about clouds. 

       

       

      I'm no idiot, and I understand what cloud computing is, but come one VMWare... you gotta do a better job of telling us what this is.  Stop the hand waving and tell us real benefits.  I feel like i'm being sold snake oil every time i look at the product material.

       

       

        • 1. Re: What exactly *IS* vSphere?
          wila Guru
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          Hi,

           

          Sounds like you got it. vSphere is the product name of Virtual Infrastructure 4.0

          It is just a new product name like that vCenter is the new name for Virtual Center these days.

          It is marketing on the loose... it alienates the users more as that it helps if you ask me.

          But better not ask me



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          • 2. Re: What exactly *IS* vSphere?
            weinstein5 Guru

            vSphere is the new name for VI-4 - it represents the suite of products that make up VMware's new releases - ESX 4, vCenetr 4, DRS, HA, vMotion, FT etc - 

             

             

             

             

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            • 3. Re: What exactly *IS* vSphere?
              Enthusiast

              VMware has changed the naming convention of it's next generation VI3 product suite to vSphere 4.0 suite. The following link contains some cloud related FAQs:

               

               

               

               

               

              http://www.vmware.com/solutions/cloud-computing/faqs.html

               

              The chart below shows a list of all the new features added to different vSphere editions:

               

               

              http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/buy/editions_comparison.html

               

               

              Virtual Center remains as a separate entity as it is with VI3 product suite. Going forward, to keep all the product release versions in alignment, next generation of virtual center will be known as, VMware vCenter 4.0.

               

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              • 4. Re: What exactly *IS* vSphere?
                MattG Master

                Here is the dicitonary meaning of cloud:

                1. A visible mass of water droplets suspended in the air

                2. Any dust, steam or smoke mass resembling such a suspended mass

                3. Anything which makes things foggy or gloomy

                4. A group of something

                 

                 

                I think 3 and 4 sum up the "Cloud" aspect of vSphere.  So vSphere is ESX 4 with the added cloud benefit of making a group of something foggy.

                 

                 

                -MattG

                 

                 

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                • 5. Re: What exactly *IS* vSphere?
                  dephcon5 Enthusiast

                  "So vSphere is ESX 4 with the added cloud benefit of making a group of something foggy."

                   

                  Who could argue with that?

                   

                   

                   

                  Or......

                   

                   

                   

                  the parameters and dependencies of the reporting aggregation timelines for proactive buzzword development.

                  • 6. Re: What exactly *IS* vSphere?
                    AsherN Hot Shot

                     

                    the parameters and dependencies of the reporting aggregation timelines for proactive buzzword development.Keep talking like that and we will develop great synergies....