How is vSphere Used?

  • Consolidate and optimize IT hardware
    vSphere enables IT organizations to delay costly and disruptive datacenter expansion projects by making it possible to consolidate 15 or more virtual machines on a single physical server without sacrificing performance or throughput!
  • Improve business continuity
    vSphere helps organizations reduce the cost and complexity of business continuity and disaster recovery with always-on IT capabilities and layered protection against service outages and data loss.
  • Streamline IT operations
    vSphere lowers operational overhead and dramatically simplifies the management of large, geographically distributed development, QA and production IT environments.
  • Deliver IT as a service
    VMware vSphere is the only virtualization platform that gives customers the power to realize the benefits of cloud computing while maintaining security, compliance and complete control over corporate assets.

Why I.R.I.S. ICT?

As a VMware Premier Solutions Provider, I.R.I.S. ICT can provide you with a first class service for all your virtualization, implementation and IT-management projects.

Supported by years of experience with the leading server-, storage- and networkproducts of todays world market, I.R.I.S. ICT has never forgotten that innovation is at least as important as knowledge and service.
That is why we have engineers that can combine their huge amount of experience with a great knowledge of today's latest products and technologies, and not only when it comes to hardware.

This is why you can be sure that you have reached tomorrow earlier than your competitors.

-I.R.I.S. ICT, your ICT-partner.


What are VMware vSphere and View?

VMware vSphere is the industry’s most complete, scalable and powerful virtualization platform, delivering the infrastructure and application services that organizations need to transform their information technology and deliver IT as a service. vSphere is the suite wherein virtual desktops are made and run.

VMware View delivers desktop services from your cloud to enable end user freedom and IT management and control. VMware View allows IT to simplify and automate the management of thousands of desktops and to securely deliver desktop as a service to users from a central location with levels of availability and reliability unmatched by traditional PCs. View manages the desktops vSphere runs and creates.


Why desktop virtualization?

  • Simplify Management and Increase Control

Easily manage tens of thousands end-users from a centralized administrative interface. Streamline key IT processes such as provisioning, connection brokering, policy enforcement,
performance monitoring and application assignment. Increase security and compliance by moving data into the datacenter, centrally enforcing endpoint security and policy configuration
and streamlining antivirus processes.

  • Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Do more with less resources, time and money. Centralizing
desktop infrastructure with VMware View makes it faster, easier and less costly for IT staff to provision, maintain and monitor desktop images and applications across their entire life cycle. Decrease support calls and reduce end-user downtime for improved overall workplace productivity.

  • Deliver a Better Desktop Experience

VMware View delivers users the best end-user experience across locations and devices. VMware View with PCoIP adapts to the end users network connection to provide a high-quality customized desktop experience over the LAN and WAN. Users can flexibly connect to their View desktop from a variety of devices including desktops, thin or zero clients, and mobile devices. Mobile end-users can access their View desktop even when disconnected from the network. View delivers maximum productivity for all types of end-users and provides support for 3D graphics rendering, unified communications, and service continuity even in the event of high packet loss, as well as multi-monitor and rich media capabilities. This results in a rich seamless user experience for maximum productivity.

  • Simplify and Standardize on the Industry Leading Platform

VMware View is built on the industry-leading VMware vSphere® virtualization platform, providing unparalleled performance, scalability, reliability and availability for virtual desktop environments. Your organization can standardize on a single common platform for your entire IT infrastructure, from the desktop to the datacenter, to enable private and public cloud based desktop services.


What's in a vSphere box?


Infrastructure Services
  • VMware ESXi™ and ESX® hypervisor
    These architectures provide arobust, production-proven, high-performance virtualization layer that allows multiple virtual machines to share hardware resources with record-breaking performance that can match (and in some cases exceed) native throughput.
  • VMware Virtual SMP
    This product enables the use of ultra-powerful virtual machines that possess up to four virtual CPUs.
  • vStorage Virtual Machine File System (VMFS)
    VMFS allows virtual machines to access shared storage devices (FibreChanel, iSCSI, etc.), and is a key enabling technology for other vSphere components such as Storage vMotion.
  • VMware vStorage APIs
    These APIs provide integration with supported third-party data protection solutions.
  • VMware vStorage Thin Provisioning
    This technology provides dynamic allocation of shared storage capacity, allowing IT organizations to implement a tiered storage strategy while reducing storage spending by up to 50 percent!
Application Services
  • VMware vMotion™
    vMotion eliminates the need to schedule application downtime due to scheduled server maintenance through live migration of virtual machines across servers with no disruption to users or loss of service.
  • VMware High Availability (HA).
    HA provides cost effective, automated restart within minutes for all applications in the event of hardware or operating system failures.
  • Hot plug virtual storage and network devices to or from virtual machines without disruption or downtime!
  • Hot extend of virtual disks allows virtual storage to be added to running virtual machines without disruption or downtime.
Management Services
  • VMware vCenter™ Agent
    This great software allows vSphere hosts to connect to vCenter Server for centralized management of all host and virtual machines!
  • VMware vCenter Update Manager
    Automates tracking, patching and updating for vSphere hosts, as well as applications and operating systems running in VMware virtual machines.
  • VMware vCenter Converter
    Allow your IT administrators to rapidly convert physical servers and third-party virtual machines into VMware virtual machines.


What's in a View box?

  • VMware vSphere Desktop
    Designed specifically for desktops, this edition of VMware vSphere provides a highly scalable, reliable and robust platform for running virtual desktops and applications, with built-in business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities to protect desktop data and availability without the cost and complexity of traditional solutions.
  • VMware vCenter Server for Desktops
    This edition of VMware vCenterTM Server is the central management hub for VMware vSphere and gives you complete control and visibility over clusters, hosts, virtual machines, storage, networking and other critical elements of your virtual infrastructure.
  • VMware View Manager
    View Manager enables IT administrators to centrally manage thousands of virtual desktops from a single console to streamline the management, provisioning and deployment of virtual desktops. In addition, end-users connect through View Manager to securely and easily access VMware View virtual desktops.
  • VMware ThinApp
    VMware ThinAppTM is an agentless application virtualization solution that streamlines application delivery while eliminating conflicts. As part of VMware View, ThinApp simplifies repetitive administrative tasks and reduces storage needs for virtual desktops by maintaining applications independently from the underlying OS.
  • VMware View Persona Management
    Persona Management dynamically associates the user persona to stateless floating desktops. Administrators can easily deploy pools of lower cost stateless, floating desktops and allow users to maintain their designated settings between sessions.
  • VMware Composer
    VMware View Composer lets customers easily manage pools of “like” desktops by creating gold master images that share a common virtual disk. All cloned desktops linked to a master image can be patched or updated through VMware View Manager by simply updating the single master image, without affecting users’ settings, data or applications.
  • VMware View Client
    Enables access to centrally hosted virtual desktops from Windows PCs, Macs, thin clients, zero clients, iPads, and Android-based clients. View Client with Local Mode allows access to virtual desktops running on a local Windows based endpoint regardless of network availability.
  • VMware vShield Endpoint
    Offloads and centralizes antivirus and anti-malware (AV) solutions, eliminating agent sprawl and AV storm issues while minimizing the risk of malware infection and simplifying AV administration in virtualized environments.


Where does it fit in the chain?

As vSphere with View is a complete suite containing all elements you need for a full virtualization project, it fits a bit of everywhere. That's a good thing, because that's the only way we can be sure that everything can work together without any problems or interruptions.





























Which vSphere versions are available?


The vSphere hypervisor editions
  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor
    This is a free product that provides a simple and easy way to get started with virtualization at no cost. vSphere Hypervisor provides only basic virtualization capabilities allowing to virtualize servers and run applications in virtual machines in a matter of minutes. vSphere Hypervisor cannot connect to VMware vCenter Server and therefore cannot be centrally managed. Users can remotely manage individual vSphere Hypervisor hosts using the vSphere Client. vSphere Hypervisor is entitled to 32GB of vRAM per server (regardless of the number of processors) and can be utilized on servers with up to 32GB of physical RAM!
  • VMware vSphere Standard Edition
    This version provides an entry-level solution for basic server consolidation to slash hardware costs while accelerating application deployment. Each Standard Edition license entitles 32GB of vRAM.
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise Edition
    This is a robust solution that customers can use to optimize IT assets, ensure cost-effective business continuity and streamline IT operations through automation. Each Enterprise Edition license entitles 64GB of vRAM.
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition
    The Plus Edition offers the full range of VMware vSphere features for transforming datacenters into dramatically simplified cloud infrastructures, for running today’s applications right alongside the next generation of flexible, reliable IT services. Each Enterprise Plus Edition license entitles 96GB of vRAM.

Note that all hosts in a vRAM pool must be licensed with the same VMware vSphere edition or, in other words, vRAM entitlements are pooled by VMware vSphere Edition. It is possible to manage mixed environments of hosts licensed with different VMware vSphere Editions from the same vCenter, however this will create multiple vRAM pools. vRAM capacity can only be shared among servers licensed with the same VMware vSphere Edition.

The vSphere VDI solution
  • vSphere Desktop Edition
    The Desktop Editionis a new vSphere Edition designed for licensing vSphere in VDI deployments. vSphere Desktop provides all functionalities of vSphere Enterprise Plus and unlimited vRAM entitlement. It can only be used for VDI deployment and can be leveraged with both VMware View and other 3rd party VDI connection brokers. vSphere Desktop edition is licensed based on the total number of Powered On Desktop Virtual Machines and  can be purchased either stand-alone in a pack size of 100 desktop VM or included with the VMware View Bundle.
vSphere Kits

Kits are all-in-one solutions that include multiple VMware vSphere licenses and vCenter Server enabling an organization to quickly and easily begin their VMware vSphere environment. Kits are available in several editions that vary in terms of scalability and functionality. VMware offers two types of kits: Essentials Kits and Acceleration Kits.

The Essentials Kits
These are all-in-one solutions for small environments (up to three hosts with two CPUs each) available in two editions: Essentials and Essentials Plus. Both editions include VMware vSphere processor licenses and VMware vCenter Server for Essentials for an environment of up to three hosts (up to 2 CPUs each) and maximum pooled vRAM capacity of 192GB (32GB x 6 VMware vSphere Essentials CPU licenses). Essentials scalability limits are productenforced and cannot be extended other than by upgrading the whole kit to a higher-end bundle (see upgrades sections, below). VMware vSphere Essentials and Essentials Plus kits are self-contained solutions and may not be decoupled, or combined with other VMware vSphere editions.

  • VMware vSphere Essentials Kit
    This all-in-one solution is ideal for small offices. It enables consolidation and management of applications to reduce hardware and operating costs—all with a low upfront investment. The VMware vSphere Essentials kit must be purchased along with a one-year subscription to software patches and updates. Support is optional and available on a per-incident basis.
  • VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Kit
    One step higher we find Essentials Plus Kit that adds features such as vSphere vMotion, vSphere HA and vSphere Data Recovery to VMware vSphere Essentials to enable always-on IT for the small environment. VMware vSphere Essentials Plus is ideal for small businesses that, in addition to hardware and operating cost savings, are also looking for maximization of application availability and business continuity with a low upfront  investment. SnS for VMware vSphere Essentials Plus is sold separately. A minimum of one year of SnS is required.
  • VMware vSphere Essentials Kit for Retail and Branch Offices
    With this special edition designed for deployments in branch offices of mid-size or large enterprises, VMware offers a packaged solution to extend agility, security and efficiency across the organization and allow
    remote management of the office deployment either locally or from central location running VMware vCenter Server. Retail- and branch-office editions require a maximum of 3 virtualized hosts per site and a minimum initial order of a starter kit (covering 10 sites) plus the ability to add on sites as required (after initial purchase of 10 sites customers can add 1 additional site at a time). vRAM entitlements of the Essentials Kit for Retail and Branch Office deployed are pooled across sites with centrally management by a single remote VMware vCenter Server.

The Acceleration Kits
VMware vSphere 5 Acceleration Kits are all-in-one convenience bundles that provide a simple way for new customers to purchase all the necessary components to set up a new VMware environment. Each kit consists of a number of licenses for VMware vSphere, along with a license for one instance of a VMware vCenter Server Standard. Unlike the Essentials Kits and VMware vSphere 4.x Acceleration Kits that function as single entity, VMware vSphere 5 Acceleration Kits decompose into their individual kit components after purchase. This allows customers to upgrade and renew SnS for each individual component on its own schedule. The Acceleration Kits are often offered at promotional discounts.


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