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VMware has been very busy, crafting the latest version of its vSphere platform, its new VSAN 6 and the industry’s ‘first unified platform for the hybrid cloud’.

Roll up, roll up, VMware’s new wares are ready for your infrastructure to wear, where all your virtualisation dreams can become actual reality.

First cab off the rank is vSphere 6, the newest edition of VMware’s virtualisation solution for the hybrid cloud and what VMware says is the ‘foundation for the software-defined data centre’.

Boasting more than ‘650 new features and innovations’, vSphere 6 promises a 'highly available, resilient, on-demand cloud infrastructure to run, protect and manage any application.’

It is complemented by the newest releases of VMware vCloud Suite 6, VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6, and VMware Virtual SAN 6.

Ben Fathi, VMware’s CTO said: “As our customers accelerate growth, their IT organisations are expected to drive transformation, enhance efficiency and bring more value to the business than ever before.

“We are helping them achieve these goals through continued innovation in VMware vSphere as the platform for their hybrid cloud strategy. VMware vSphere is the gold standard by which all other virtualisation technologies are measured, and vSphere 6 raises the bar even higher.”

Here’s the video of the Australian lunch briefing for VMware’s new suite of products (with additional details below following the video):

Then there’s VSAN 6, which is really called VMware Virtual SAN 6, with the company saying it has now ‘advanced to the next phase of its software-defined storage strategy with the launch of a new generation of enterprise storage solutions.’

VSAN 6 is ‘designed to enable mass adoption of software-defined storage’ and will introduce ‘significant scalability and performance enhancements to the company’s hypervisor-converged storage solution’, while ‘VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes’ will offer new levels of storage integration to make third-party arrays natively aware of virtual machines.

VMware says that ‘to achieve the full potential of the software-defined data centre, a new software-defined storage approach is required to address storage-related operational complexity and cost challenges. VMware’s software-defined storage strategy leverages the hypervisor to advance storage in the cloud era and deliver the kind of operational efficiency that server virtualisation brought to compute.’

Raghu Raghuram, Executive VP and GM of VMware’s Software-Defined Data Centre Division said: “Customers have told us they need a simple, cost-effective and cloud-aware approach to storage.

“VMware Virtual SAN 6 and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes will deliver on this, and represent the next phase of our software-defined storage strategy. They address customer requirements through an improved hypervisor-converged storage tier, and a new virtual machine-aware integration with existing storage arrays.”

All of this new software and other new components forms what VMware is calling ‘the industry’s first unified platform of virtualised compute, networking and storage for the hybrid cloud.’

VMware says its software-defined platform ‘will enable customers to create one consistent environment across the private and public cloud to run, protect and manage any cloud-native or traditional application. The platform will also offers customers openness and choice in how to build and manage their applications and cloud environments based on their specific needs.’

VMware continues, stating: ‘the manner in which businesses create value is changing significantly, shifting value from hard assets to the more liquid assets of software and data. In this time of transition, IT is adopting the cloud to increase agility.’

‘In doing so, IT must sort out the mire of “somewhat” compatible on- and off-premises cloud platforms. And, they must do all of this while managing the requisite levels of security and compliance. VMware is helping customers through this time of transition by putting software and data at the core of the business to enable a new model of IT.’

Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO said: “Every traditional industry across the globe is being transformed by software.

“To navigate and thrive in the face of this change, businesses must be decisive in the face of uncertainty. Today, we are taking another leap forward in helping our customers meet these demands through a unified platform, defined in software, which will offer unmatched choice and extends our innovations across compute, networking and storage to deliver the hybrid cloud.”

VMware says that vSphere 6, VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6, VMware vCloud Suite 6 and VMware Integrated OpenStack are expected to be available in Q1 2015.


  • Pricing for vSphere 6 starts at $995 per CPU.
  • Pricing for vSphere with Operations Management 6 starts at $1,745 per CPU.
  • Pricing for vCloud Suite 6 starts at $4,995 per CPU.
  • VMware Integrated OpenStack is free for use for vSphere Enterprise Plus, vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus and vCloud Suite customers.
  • Production-level technical support for VMware Integrated OpenStack including the OpenStack open source code is optional and can be purchased separately for $200 per CPU (minimum of 50 CPUs).


VMware Virtual SAN 6 and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes are expected to become available in Q1 2015.

  • VMware Virtual SAN is priced at $2,495 per CPU.
  • VMware Virtual SAN for Desktop is priced at $50 per user.
  • The new All-Flash architecture will be available as on add-on to VMware Virtual SAN 6 and will be priced at $1,495 per CPU and $30 per desktop.
  • VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes will be packaged as a feature in VMware vSphere Standard Edition and above as well as VMware vSphere ROBO editions.

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