VMware Bringing Service Level Monitoring and High Availability to Virtualization Management with VMware vCenter(TM) Server Heartbeat

VMware vCenter(TM) Server Heartbeat Protects VMware vCenter Server Against a Broad Range of Downtime Risks

(PresseBox) (CANNES, France, ) Today at VMworld Europe 2009, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, announced vCenter Server Heartbeat, a new product that monitors and manages the automatic failover of VMware vCenter Server. VMware vCenter Server is the industry-leading virtualization management product used by more than 130,000 customers around the world to centrally manage, control and automate the virtual datacenter. VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat, licensed from VMware partner Neverfail, protects the VMware vCenter Server against a broad range of downtime risks by replicating the server configuration and data to a passive standby server.

With more customers than ever running business critical applications on VMware Infrastructure to gain the benefits of virtualization - flexibility, cost-efficiency, and reliability- the resilience of application and infrastructure management is critical. Now VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat monitors the vCenter Server connectivity and components, including the license server and VMware vCenter Update Manager, and can restart the entire vCenter Server on the passive server. This can help ensure a consistent, reliable operation of VMware vCenter Server if it is threatened by unplanned or planned downtime, and it provides a broad range of protection against operator errors, operating system or hardware failure, or external events.

"Neverfail's proven technology is deployed globally by large enterprises to protect business-critical applications, including Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server and Blackberry Enterprise Server," said Nick Harmer, vice president of strategic alliances for Neverfail. "The same level of protection will be available for vCenter Server with VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat. Neverfail is excited to provide its leading application availability solution to power VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat as part of VMware's product portfolio."

"Ninety-four percent of surveyed VMware customers report that they run applications in production on the VMware platform, so now more than ever, customers require resiliency for their virtualization management infrastructure," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president, server business unit, VMware. "VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat provides proactive protection against downtime for VMware vCenter Server, protecting customers' investment in their VMware Infrastructures and ensuring that key capabilities like VMware vMotion(TM) and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) are continuously available. We selected Neverfail to provide this technology because it offers industry-leading protection for the VMware vCenter Server platform, and has proven its technology supporting other enterprise applications."

"A resilient management infrastructure is critical in a production virtualization deployment," said Roy Illsley, senior research analyst, Butler Group. "As part of that, deep awareness and monitoring of the management server will give administrators additional peace-of-mind, knowing that their virtualization management platform can recover quickly from almost any failure."

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat provides:

-Continuous monitoring and awareness of the VMware vCenter Server, database and all service components
-Replication and failover of VMware vCenter Server across a Local Area Network (LAN) to another server in the datacenter, or across a Wide Area Network (WAN) to a remote datacenter
-Minimal performance impact on the overall virtual infrastructure
-Hardware agnostic replication and failover

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat will be available in March for $9,995 per protected VMware vCenter Server instance if purchased separately from the VMware vCenter Server license, or for $12,995 when bundled with a VMware vCenter Server license. For more information on VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat, visit http://www.vmware.com/.... For more information on the VMware vCenter family of products, visit: http://www.vmware.com/.... All prices are list prices from VMware.

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