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News from VMWorld 2012 - No more vRAM

Today is the second day of VMWorld and we heard from from VMWare's old CEO Paul Maritz new CEO Pat Gelsinger on the direction the company is taking.    In the last four years we have seen server virtualization in the enterprise go from 25% penetration to approximately 60% penetration.  VMWare has an 80% marketshare in virtualization so this shows a huge growth for the company.  In the next four years VMWare would like to see 90% adoption of virtualization in the enterprise.

The main topic of the General Session this morning was regarding the Software Defined Datacenter.  VMWare defined the Software-Defined Datacenter as roughly: All Infrastructure is virtualized and delivers as a service and all automation is done by software.  VMWare's goal in many if not most of the markets it is targeting with its current offerings is to Abstract, Pool, Automate.  Meaning it wants to virtualize the application, allow it to be run on a pool of resources and automate the entire process.

VMWare also announced the 9th release of the vSphere product family, vSphere 5.1.  The main attention grabber in vSphere 5.1 is the elimination of vRam.  In the new edition of vSphere, VMWare will no longer count memory or cores, but will return to being licensed per socket.