When we think of VMware, we usually think of vSphere, VMware’s market leading data center virtualization offering. Data center virtualization is infrastructure software, concerned about applications only to the extent that they consist of workloads running inside of guest operating systems or virtual machines. However, there is an entirely different side to VMware, one focused on applications. This focus includes application management, application monitoring, and development platforms for next generation applications. This post will deal with the application management piece.
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At VMworld VMware announced the release of the vCloud Suite of products. This new suite of packages, depending on the level purchased, bundles together several individual products into a single purchase point. See the table later for details of which package includes which product.
However, to me the most interesting point was the fact that this suite is purchased per processor, not per VM. This, coupled with VMware’s announcement of the death of vRAM, means that you can in theory now get a lot more bang per buck spent with no artificial limits set on usage.
One of the great advances provided by virtualization is that a server ceases to become a monolithic combination of hardware and software that is brittle and difficult to manage. Instead a server is encapsulated into a virtual machine which can then be managed independently of its underlying hardware. Since every server is now a file and since files are much easier to manage than hardware/software servers, just putting servers into images was a huge step forward. But as is always the case in this industry where an innovation simply produces a new problem to solve, anointing the image as the unit of management for a server created some problems.