In a typical deployment scenario, an organization may use some or even all these products as a basis of a cloud platform, said Neela Jacques, a VMware group manager of product marketing, in an interview. vSphere itself manages the individual virtual machines and vCloud Director provides a way for administrators to virtualize all the physical resources, such as servers, networking and storage components, into a single pool of resources. vCenter Operations provides the reports and statistic on usage, as well as the ability to handle management functions such as billing tracking for each user. vSphere provides a framework for third-party antivirus and antimalware software vendors to scan virtual machines for infections.
The vSphere Storage Appliance would be best suited for small and mid-sized businesses that don't have the resources to set up a separate storage network, Jacques said. "By taking their shared disks and presenting it as shared store, [organizations] can benefit from things like load balancing and automated high availability," Jacques said.
"Our aim is to help customers transform physical infrastructure into a virtualized infrastructure, and to make that infrastructure a lot more agile," Jacques said.
VMware expects to release all of these products by the end of September, according to the company. Each of the applications will be licensed individually.