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VMWare Launches vSphere 5, Aims at Virtualisation of Small Businesses

Virtualisation software maker VMware unveiled the brand new edition of its vSphere Hypervisor – vSphere 5 on Tuesday with the view of encouraging small businesses to utilise the hypervisor to the fullest, thus terminating the requirement for dedicated SAN once and for all.

The new offering by the company is the 5th major release in its core virtualisation product line up. VMware hopes that the new offering will enable users to take shelter in virtualisation in a more effective way when it comes to taking care of the relatively more demanding workloads such as SAP, SAS or other similar business intelligence applications.

Meanwhile, the cloud infrastructure suit, which was released with the vSphere 5 on the same day, includes brand new versions of the company’s vShield security platform, vCenter Site Recovery Manager as well as the vCloud Director which made its debut some nine months back.

"The value [in the high-powered VM] is that it removes a technical hurdle for some business critical applications, specifically databases," Stuart Miniman, principle research contributor for analyst firm Wikibon, said in an exclusive statement to the technology site ZDNet UK.

"If [VMware's] goal is 100-percent virtualisation, this removes a barrier for some apps that before just couldn't fit on a VM,” he added.