VMware vSphere 4 Surpasses 500,000 Downloads, Says VMware

VMware has announced accelerated  momentum for VMware vSphere 4, with more than 500,000 customer downloads since being made generally available on May 21, 2009.

This pace has rapidly increased to an average rate of more than 3,660 downloads per day.

Proven customer results in efficiency, control and flexibility are driving the momentum behind VMware vSphere. VMware customers consistently report significant cost savings, including reduction in capital expenditures (CapEx) by up to 60 percent and average reduction in operating costs (OpEx) of 33 percent when comparing their VMware environment to a physical environment.  With industry-leading performance and scalability, VMware vSphere extends these benefits to 100 percent of applications while delivering twice the consolidation ratio of competitive offerings.

Only VMware vSphere delivers these results through a comprehensive set of capabilities for virtualizing, pooling and dynamic load balancing of servers, storage, and networks.   VMware vMotion was the starting point, enabling seamless virtual machine migration with zero downtime.  With 70 percent of VMware customers indicating production deployment of vMotion,  VMware estimates that vMotion has driven nearly 350 million live migrations from its introduction through 2008, providing an estimated $459 million in IT administration savings.

VMware vSphere has built upon the VMware vMotion success, adding capabilities to provide higher service levels to applications at lower cost and administrative overhead, enabling customers to more fully embrace virtualization for business critical applications such e-mail, database, ERP, and CRM systems. VMware Storage vMotion and VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch enable customers to extend mobility to their storage and network while VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler and VMware Distributed Power Management simplify management and layering on policy driven automation.  These automation tools have delivered for some customers a 47 percent improvement in application performance and a 20 percent reduction in power consumption.  VMware High Availability and VMware Fault Tolerance bring unmatched resiliency for service level guarantees, while VMware vShield Zones adds the ability to manage logical security policies that are tied to applications and not devices. Customers deploying VMware vSphere 4 will be able to quickly take advantage of these capabilities and more, enabling the delivery of efficient, flexible and reliable IT as a service.

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