High-performance hypervisor: vSphere uses ESXI, a dependable and proven hypervisor (a computer software or hardware used for creating and running virtual machines). vSphere ESXI enables multiple virtual machines to share the same server hardware resources.
Efficient load balancing: A traditional hardware infrastructure makes it very difficult to manage load balancing, resulting in unnecessary costs. VMware vSphere features a Distributed Resources Scheduler (DRS), which ensures automatic load balancing across multiple hosts, and assigns computing resources based on business priorities.
Easier migration: The vMotion feature of VMware vSphere enables seamless migration of live virtual machines between hosts, vCenter Servers, etc. With vMotion, server maintenance can be planned in advance, thus eliminating application downtime.
Better handling of Big Data workloads: vSphere enables running of Hadoop workloads, resulting in improved utilization, flexibility and dependability.
Advanced Graphics Support: vSphere features NVIDIA GRID vGPU, an industry-leading graphics technology that allows a single physical GPU to be simultaneously accessed by multiple virtual machines.
Easy-to-manage: VMware vSphere makes it very easy to manage your virtual computing infrastructure. By providing intelligent insights on all aspects of IaaS, including usage, costing, and load, vSphere simplifies IT operations. The vCenter Server feature enables centralized management of the vSphere platform.
Automation: Unlike traditional hardware infrastructure where automation is a challenge, vSphere makes it easy to automate your virtualization operations.
Easy assembly of workflows: VMware features vRealize Orchestrator, a user-friendly, drag-and-drop feature for assembling different workflows.
High Availability: VMware vSphere provides high availability at all times — all this without any additional costs or complexities associated with traditional clustering solutions.
Zero data loss: If there are any server failures, vSphere provides uninterrupted availability of applications without any loss of data.
Security of data: With vSphere, you get world-class backup technology with advanced security features such as variable length de-duplication & quick recovery. The vShield Endpoint feature improves the performance of anti-virus scanning in virtual machines, thus leading to greater security of data and applications.
Disaster Recovery: vSphere offers WAN-optimized replication for DR. WAN optimization leads to lower utilization of bandwidth and storage capacity during disaster recovery, providing greater efficiencies.
Efficient replication: With in-built vSphere replication feature, you don’t have to worry about third-party replication costs.
Automation of Platform
Ease-of-deployment: The auto deploy feature of VMware vSphere enables deployment and patching of vSphere hosts instantly.
Easier management of host profiles: You can easily create the first host profile, and subsequently use the host profile for configuration of multiple vSphere hosts.
Efficient update management: vSphere has an update manager feature, through which vSphere hosts can be tracked, patched and updated automatically. This results in huge time savings in routine fault correction.
World-class content library: With VMware vSphere, you get access to a central repository of virtual machine templates, vApps, and ISO images.
Efficient storage management: The storage DRS feature of VMware vSphere ensures optimum balancing and usage of storage space and input/output load. This results in an uninterrupted application performance.
Abstraction of external storage: vSphere helps in external storage devices, such as SAN and NAS devices, become VM-aware through abstraction.
Tiered storage management: The Storage Policy-Based Management (SBPM) feature of vSphere is very useful for storage management. With SBPM, storage is allocated based on the individual storage needs of various applications, which leads to efficient capacity utilization.
High-performance file system: vSphere’s Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) is a top performing cluster file system that makes it easy to provision and administer virtual machines.
Dynamic allocation of physical storage: With the storage thin provisioning feature, physical storage capacity is dynamically allocated based on utilization, resulting in efficient capacity management.
Storage APIs: With the help of APIs for different functions like storage awareness, data protection, multi-pathing and array integration, you can easily integrate the products of third party storage vendors with vSphere.
Improved application response time: vSphere offers a powerful read cache layer that virtualizes server side flash, thus improving application response time.
Easier network control: vSphere enables you to define the priority for accessing different network resources, based on roles in your team.
Centralized network administration: vSphere offers a distributed switch, which centralizes the provisioning, monitoring and administration of network, making it seamless to manage networks across different data centers.
Features of vCloud
High performance server virtualization: With an x86 server virtualization platform, vCloud enables virtualization of both traditional as well as next-generation applications.
Easier operations management: vCloud enables seamless operations of your virtual IT infrastructure. You get complete visibility of your IT operations, right from storage to network devices. With the predictive analytics and smart alerts feature, you can quickly troubleshoot any potential issues and thus eliminate the risk of downtime. vCloud can increase the uptime of mission-critical, tier 1 applications by up to 30 per cent.
Automated disaster recovery: With the vCenter Site Recovery Manager, you can instantly set up disaster recovery plans. Likewise, you can seamlessly test centralized recovery plans without disrupting business operations. vCloud can save up to 50 percent of expenses incurred on disaster recovery management.
Self-service portal for automated delivery: vCloud offers a self-service portal and catalog, which enables seamless and automatic delivery of computing infrastructure, applications, and other IT services for vSphere environments.
Intelligent insights: vCloud is highly useful for business managers. It offers a detailed view of costing, usage, and prices of different services provided in the virtual infrastructure, resulting in efficient cost management based on business priorities.
Assign service based on roles: vCloud offers policy-based governance controls, which enables you to assign controls to users, based on their roles. You can define things like the type of service to be used, the amount of resources to be consumed, and permitted actions for different users. For example, you may want certain high-end services to be used only by senior members of your IT organization. Or you may want to assign administrative controls that are exclusive to your IT team.
Optimum capacity management: With vCloud, you can easily identify under-utilized and over-utilized VMs. Based on this data, you can proactively manage utilization and rationalize your costs.