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Industry Support for VMware vSphere™ 4.1 and …

Industry Support for VMware vSphere™ 4.1 and VMware vCenter™ Product Family

VMware vSphere™ 4.1 and the VMware vCenter™ product family are cornerstone solutions for customers and service providers building private and public cloud environments. As such, these technologies have attracted a broad partner ecosystem of industry leaders that support and extend this foundation – from application and infrastructure ISVs to server, storage and infrastructure hardware vendors to cloud service providers.

Read what VMware partners have said about VMware vSphere 4.1 and the VMware vCenter product family.

Application ISVs


“Eclipsys recognizes that virtualization is a game-changing technology for the industry," said Todd Layton, director of performance, scalability, reliability and security QA, Eclipsys.  “We support VMware and believe that with the VMware vSphere™ 4.1 release, it will continue to solidify its role in the next era of IT virtualization through platform innovation, management and momentum.”


“VMware vSphere™ is an essential component of our real-time voice virtualization solution, and a cornerstone of our strategy is to ensure Mitel Virtual Solutions can integrate seamlessly into a datacenter environment with other enterprise applications. With the launch of VMware vSphere™ 4.1, we are able to improve upon the business benefits of cost and operational improvements - now we can leverage VMware vSphere 4.1 for cloud computing applications as well as supporting other major trends in unified communications.”
—Ron Wellard, executive vice president of product development, Mitel


“We are pleased to support the launch of VMware vSphere™ 4.1, which continues to deliver greater value for customers. The combination of VMware vSphere 4.1 with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, which is the underlying operating system behind SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware®, is setting the bar for virtualized Linux solutions. VMware's standardization on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware® for its virtual appliances will also benefit customers deploying VMware vSphere 4.1 through more direct availability of VMware applications. We are proud of our close partnership with VMware and look forward to working together to help customers generate maximum value from VMware vSphere.”
—Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager, global alliances, Novell

Siemens Healthcare

"Siemens views virtualization as an exceptional opportunity to drive improvements in healthcare. We believe that VMware vSphere™, especially with the 4.1 release, hardens operational systems and simultaneously provides new functions that enhance reliability, scalability and software implementation and migration. These are essential in health information technology, where enterprise workflows and care processes have such a vital impact on how care is delivered to individuals. The emergence of the next era of IT – cloud computing, SOA, Enterprise Workflow - is going to have the most impact when it is smartly deployed to enhance patient-oriented processes. Healthcare will see more reliable and affordable solutions available in the market.”
—Joe Auriemma, Marketing Director, Strategic Partnerships, Siemens

Cloud Partners

Bharti Airtel

“VMware and VMware vSphere™ are central to our strategy of offering cloud-based services to our customers. With the most advanced platform, a clear vision and roadmap for cloud computing, VMware stands alone as the partner of choice that is delivering the next era of IT.”
—Rajan Swaroop, executive director, enterprise services, Bharti Airtel Ltd.


“VMware has once again raised the bar. With our dependency on virtualization to host and manage our clients’ production systems and mission-critical applications, advancements like memory compression and storage and network I/O controls ensure that we can maintain – or improve – service levels while creating a more flexible, scalable and cost-effective infrastructure.”
—Pat O’Day, chief technology officer, BlueLock


"Savvis Symphony VPDC, our recently launched enterprise-class public cloud service, leverages high-end technology solutions such as VMware vSphere™ 4.1 to deliver a converged cloud offering that meets enterprise requirements for application security, privacy and performance. We selected VMware vSphere because its capabilities allow us to offer multiple grades of VPDC service to meet a large variety of infrastructure needs in the enterprise."
—Bryan Doerr, chief technology officer, Savvis


“Sonda S.A. is serving customers and increasing our business in South America, leveraging a VMware vSphere™ infrastructure for our public and private cloud offerings.  We see VMware vSphere™ 4.1 as providing additional management functionality to meet our customers' needs, especially regarding security, availability and performance, as they continue moving towards public cloud services.  We believe this new VMware vSphere release will further enhance our enterprise-level cloud offering and will increase the adoption rate of this new way of providing IT services.”
—Sergio Rademacher, General Manager of Sonda's Cloud Services


“VMware and VMware vSphere™ are critical components of our cloud computing strategy. With the most advanced platform, a clear vision and roadmap for cloud computing, and a proven track record delivering both innovation and tangible results, VMware stands as a key strategic partner as we continue to develop new, innovative solutions within our product portfolio.” 
—Randy Rowland, senior vice president, Product Development, Terremark

Tier 3

"VMware and VMware vSphere™ are absolutely central to our IT strategy. With the most advanced platform, a clear vision and roadmap for cloud computing, and a proven track record delivering both innovation and tangible results, VMware stands alone as the strategic partner for our IT transformation and the vendor that is delivering the next era of IT."
—Jared Wray, chief executive officer, Tier 3

Verizon Business

"VMware vSphere™ is a key component of our flagship cloud computing offering, Computing as a Service. The enhanced features of VMware vSphere™ 4.1 will further enable Verizon's enterprise clients to take full advantage of cloud-based computing."
—Joseph S. Crawford, executive director, IT solutions, Verizon Business

Infrastructure Partners


“As the demand for cloud computing increases, it becomes imperative that the IT ecosystem adapt to provide solutions that can meet the emerging needs of these customers. AMD and VMware are committed to addressing the demands of the cloud, which is evident with the introduction of new hardware and software platforms from both companies – the AMD Opteron™ 6000 and 4000 series platforms and VMware vSphere 4.1. These platforms were created to set the standard for power, cost and manageability for cloud computing.”
—Margaret Lewis, director, Software Strategy, AMD

Blue Coat Systems

“To realize the advantages of private cloud infrastructures, organizations need to effectively deliver virtual, pooled resources across the WAN without impacting the performance of key business applications or services. By combining the optimization and acceleration power of the Blue Coat ProxySG Virtual Appliance with VMware vSphere™, we can provide users in the branch office with seamless access to a private cloud infrastructure.”
—Shreyas Sadalgi, director, worldwide business development, Blue Coat Systems


“With VMware vSphere™ 4.1, VMware is delivering a significant step forward in virtualization technology that will accelerate and simplify enterprise adoption of next-generation computing. By combining VMware vSphere with BMC’s Business Service Management platform, IT organizations and service providers can realize the true benefits of virtualization and cloud computing through a proven, powerful and fully integrated service management solution.”
—Kia Behnia, chief technology officer, BMC Software


“Broadcom has been working extensively with VMware on VMware vSphere™ 4.1 to provide technologies such as iSCSI HBA that improve storage performance within virtualized deployments and help free up CPU resources for virtual machines. By providing ‘inbox’ iSCSI drivers and enhanced iSCSI management we are able to significantly improve ease-of-use and offer a more reliable iSCSI feature set that is jointly qualified by both Broadcom and VMware.”
—Vinod Lakhani, general manager, High-Speed Controller Group, Broadcom


“As more IT organizations are being asked to do more with less, enterprise customers are realizing that cloud computing provides many inherent business benefits The introduction of VMware vSphere™ 4.1 presents customers with a tremendous opportunity to maximize existing IT resources and streamline the management of highly virtualized environments. Through our partnership with VMware, Brocade is bringing forth proven, open standards-based networking solutions to help customers make the transition toward cloud-enabled environments as seamless as possible without added IT complexity.”
—Doug Ingraham, vice president of Data Center Networking at Brocade

CA Technologies

“CA Technologies and VMware share a common vision for virtualization and cloud computing, and both recognize the critical role of management in delivering on that vision CA Technologies plans to support VMware vSphere™ 4.1 and VMware vCenter™ Server with broad and deep management solutions like the CA Virtual Management portfolio and across the CA Service Automation, Service Assurance and Security solutions. Together, CA Technologies and VMware will deliver a powerful solution to help maximize agility, efficiency, service quality and risk mitigation for our shared enterprise and service provider customers.”
—Roger Pilc, general manager, Virtualization and Automation Customer Solutions Unit, CA Technologies


“Cisco’s Virtual Network Link (VN-Link) technology is strategically designed to provide virtualization intelligence throughout the network and provide the network with a comprehensive end-to-end view of the virtualized datacenter. “The Cisco Nexus 1000V, a standards-based distributed virtual switch, was introduced with VMware vSphere™ 4 one year ago and has gained great customer traction. Today, we are pleased to see more than 1,000 customers have embraced the combined solution. With a seamless upgrade to VMware vSphere 4.1 and to our recently released Cisco Nexus 1000V 1.3, customers will further benefit from increased visibility and control of their virtualized environments while ensuring network transparency during VMware vMotion™ events, enabling collaboration across server and network operations teams.”
—Ed Bugnion, chief technology officer, Server Access & Virtualization Business Unit, Cisco


“With the release of VMware vSphere™ 4.1, the latest version of the VMware virtualization platform to enable cloud computing, customers can lay the foundation for cloud computing and fully utilize network convergence, matching application workloads using their storage protocol of choice with our OneConnect™ UCNAs or LightPulse® HBAs. Emulex’s host connectivity products are tightly integrated with the management capabilities of the VMware platform, providing a single pane of glass for managing all network connectivity, including pure Ethernet, iSCSI, FCoE and Fibre Channel.”
—Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development, Emulex

F5 Networks

“VMware vSphere™ 4.1 provides powerful virtualization and management capabilities for our customers. We are seeing customers actively take advantage of VMware vSphere to virtualize their production applications, for projects ranging from server and datacenter consolidation to cloud computing. Further, many are leveraging its rich APIs to integrate their BIG-IP solutions with VMware vSphere in order to maximize the value of these projects.”
—Jim Ritchings, vice president, business development, F5 Networks

Juniper Networks

"VMware continues to be a major driver in the ever increasing scale and efficiency of the datacenter and enabling the possibilities of cloud computing. This release of VMware vSphere™ 4.1 is yet another proof point.  For enterprises to realize the value of virtualization, the network must have a new architecture that is secure, automated and simple. The old legacy network is too slow, expensive and complex to keep up with the advances of virtualization. The simplicity required can only be achieved by fundamentally rethinking the architecture. Juniper's 3-2-1 new network datacenter architecture is delivering solutions today and offers a path to tomorrow to facilitate and secure the ever-growing server virtualization capabilities that are ahead of us."
—David Yen, executive vice president and general manager, Fabric and Switching Technologies Business Group, Juniper Networks


“VMware is a key, driving force in efficient, next-generation, virtualized datacenters. With the release of VMware vSphere™ 4.1, VMware is advancing cloud computing to the next level with new memory management and expanded resource pooling capabilities. QLogic has designed its entire portfolio of Fibre Channel and converged networking solutions to fully exploit the numerous advantages of VMware virtualized environments such as improved server utilization and lower datacenter capital and operation expenditures. With the latest advancements of VMware vSphere 4.1, QLogic and VMware provide a powerful combination of ingredients to meet the requirements of a virtualized world.”
—Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic


“VMware’s latest release of vSphere™ gives customers a strong platform and the management capabilities necessary to migrate resources to the cloud. Our WAN optimization solution complements the VMware platform to help customers rapidly deploy, migrate and protect application workloads running in enterprise private clouds. By taking advantage of Riverbed WAN optimization, VMware customers can achieve quicker ROI by taking advantage of application acceleration, data replication and backup services over the WAN.”
—Venugopal Pai, vice president, global alliances, Riverbed


“With today’s announcement, VMware provides new high availability APIs that allow its partners to innovate and deliver value-added services to our joint customers. Symantec is collaborating closely with VMware to deliver reliable and comprehensive application availability within virtual environments. Customers can now virtualize their mission-critical applications with confidence by leveraging Symantec’s HA/DR solutions on the VMware platform.”
—Don Angspatt, vice president, product management, Storage and Availability Management Group, Symantec

Trend Micro

"Trend Micro has for years invested heavily in delivering solutions that are tightly integrated with, and fully leverage VMware technologies. We've been early providers of anti-malware specifically for VMware virtualized datacenters, and are excited about the latest version of VMware vSphere™, which will enable us to even more tightly integrate scalable security for enterprises seeking to maximize their cloud infrastructures."
—Wael Mohamed, senior vice president, business development, Trend Micro

Server Partners


“Cisco and its datacenter ecosystem partners continue to pursue a strategy of accelerating customer adoption of virtualized and automated datacenters through innovation in compute, networking and management infrastructure, including delivery of industry-leading virtualization performance as measured by VMware VMmark™. Cisco welcomes another record-breaking release from VMware with VMware vSphere™ 4.1. The combination of VMware vSphere 4.1 with Cisco Unified Computing System helps provide better scalability, performance and manageability to our common customers. The increased scalability and VMware vMotion™ performance of VMware vSphere are ideally suited for deployment on Cisco’s Unified Computing System’s 10-gigabit Ethernet, scalable unified fabric.”
—Ed Bugnion, chief technology officer, Server Access & Virtualization Business Unit, Cisco


“Enabling customers to reach their goals through technology has always been Dell’s main objective Our products and services rely on Dell-driven intellectual property to simplify the process and extend the capabilities of innovative software like VMware vSphere™ 4.1 and VMware vStorage APIs. By combining VMware vSphere, PowerEdge servers and EqualLogic iSCSI SANs, customers can gain incredible efficiencies. Everything from faster deployments, offloading heavy workloads to storage, easily managing end-to-end virtualized IT resources, all can be realized reliably and securely.”
—Sally Stevens, vice president, Server Product Group Platform Marketing, Dell Inc.

"Fujitsu welcomes the announcement of VMware vSphere™ 4.1. It is an optimal solution for supporting ICT infrastructures, which meets the requirements of the cloud computing age. When combined with our PRIMERGY industry-standard servers, PRIMEQUEST high-end mission-critical servers, ETERNUS storage systems, and ServerView Resource Orchestrator resource management software, VMware vSphere 4.1 will deliver cost reductions as well as enable prompt and agile service offerings."
—Yoichi Hori, president, Platform Software Business Unit, Fujitsu Limited


“Businesses need to reduce IT sprawl and costs by making better use of their infrastructure resources. HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter™ Server integrates robust hardware management with the expanded capabilities of VMware vSphere™ 4.1 to consolidate and provide better control over the IT infrastructure, allowing clients to run their datacenters more efficiently and better meet business demands.”
—Scott Farrand, vice president, Industry Standard Servers and Software, HP


"IBM and VMware have enjoyed a strong partnership and have thousands of joint customers. IBM technology has helped customers simplify deployment, lower capital costs and cut operational costs when implementing virtualization initiatives. Our innovative System x eX5 technology, for example, combined with VMware vSphere™ allows for memory expansion capability that is ideal for a VMware environment, providing ample memory for customers to virtualize many applications without sacrificing performance."
Bob Zuber, program director System x division, IBM


“NEC welcomes the new release of VMware vSphere™ 4.1.NEC is offering flexible, simple and dependable cloud computing infrastructure through extensive service models. The new VMware vSphere 4.1 provides the key features to accelerate implementation of our cloud infrastructure.
Going forward, we expect to offer value-added solutions to the joint customers.”
—Kazuaki Iwamoto, general manager, 1st IT Software Division, NEC Corporation

Storage Partners


“3PAR, a leading provider of storage for cloud computing, is excited to support the new advances in VMware vSphere™ 4.1 that combine with the unique benefits of 3PAR Utility Storage to further reduce capital and operating expenses, maintain control over service levels, and increase flexibility for public and private cloud deployments. In particular, 3PAR’s integration with the VMware vSphere 4.1 VAAI features enables new, advanced storage capabilities that significantly increase the performance, efficiency and agility of 3PAR and VMware environments.”
—Steve Crimi, vice president, business development & alliances, 3PAR


“As enterprises look for better ways to manage IT costs and drive operational efficiencies, VMware vSphere™ 4.1 is laying the foundation to enable enterprise-wide virtualization and high-performance cloud computing. CommVault Simpana software’s support for VMware vSphere™ provides users with better protection of mission-critical data and information, simplified management, rapid recovery and the flexibility to scale their virtual or physical infrastructure into the cloud as business needs dictate. Additionally, with Simpana software’s single platform approach that uniquely includes cloud connectors, VMware vSphere users can gain all the disaster recovery, business continuity and archive benefits that modern data management demands today, while also extending into the cloud.”
—David West, vice president, marketing and business development, CommVault


“VMware’s focus on delivering cloud services that provide efficiency, simplicity and security through end-to-end virtualization is in line with our vision for the data-driven economy. The integration of VMware vSphere™ 4.1 and Compellent Fluid Data storage enables corporate IT departments and service providers to seamlessly deploy and manage virtualized servers, storage and desktops into the enterprise. VMware and Compellent together help customers increase their efficiency and reduce costs by creating a self-managing infrastructure that automates data movement while protecting against risk and downtime.”
—Bruce Kornfeld, vice president, alliances and business development, Compellent


“Customers in the virtual era want to bring the back office to their front pocket and this is having a huge impact on how they think about storage. Our EqualLogic solutions deliver breakthrough integration with the new VMware vStorage APIs that customers can deploy right now to enhance the performance, scalability and manageability of VMware vSphere™ virtualization deployments.”
—Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager, Dell Enterprise Storage


“EMC and VMware are committed to enabling every customer, using all protocols, and at any scale to easily enjoy the critical efficiencies gained through tight product integration of our best of breed technologies. With VMware vSphere™ 4.1 customers gain huge advancements in building the foundation for cloud computing and the VMware APIs for Array Integration expand EMC’s breadth of integration points across VMware’s solutions. Whether it’s storage integrated with VMware software, best-of-breed of backup and recovery solutions for virtualizing any application, or security solutions from RSA that makes the virtual environment more secure than physical, EMC is focused on helping customers along their journey to the cloud.”
—Chad Sakac, vice president, VMware Technology Alliance, EMC

Hitachi Data Systems

“The new management capabilities and deeper integration with the infrastructure give organizations an easier transition from traditional application silos toward virtualized environments with a common IT platform. VMware vSphere™ can leverage the intelligence and performance built into Hitachi Data Systems storage platforms to give customers greater virtual machine density, faster provisioning and increased overall performance, all of which pay dividends in large-scale deployments such as cloud.”
—Hu Yoshida, vice president and chief technology officer, Hitachi Data Systems


“Clients want easy-to-manage virtualized storage solutions that meet the scalability and availability requirements of cloud-based platforms like VMware vSphere™. Increased integration of HP StorageWorks solutions with VMware's vSphere 4.1, vCenter and vStorage technologies delivers new levels of simplicity, automation and utilization for virtualized, cloud-enabled environments."
—Tom Joyce, vice president, Marketing, Strategy and Operations, StorageWorks, HP


“There is a tremendous paradigm shift underway to a shared IT infrastructure for both enterprises and service providers alike. Whether customers are embracing the service provider model or transforming their own internal operations, NetApp and VMware are working together to ease customers’ journey to modernizing IT for their public and private cloud environments. In this new paradigm, NetApp and VMware are delivering to enterprises and service providers the underlying infrastructure to make a shared IT infrastructure a reality and help IT be an accelerator for the business.”
—Manish Goel, executive vice president of product operations, NetApp