Virtualization solutions provider VMware announced on Monday at VMworld 2013 it has released VMware vCloud Suite 5.5, which features new and improved product functionality as well as broad product integrations.
The new release marks VMware’s first major release of VMware vCloud Suite since version 5.1, which it released last August.
The VMware vCloud Suite will let customers develop and operate a vSphere-based private cloud using the software-defined data center architecture.
The Suite provides virtualized infrastructure services with built-in intelligence to automate on-demand provisioning, placement, configuration and control of applications based on policies.
The integrated private cloud infrastructure solution enables customers to access all their applications including new workloads through new and enhanced compute, availability, storage and backup capabilities.
Incuded in the Suite is VMware vSphere 5.5, which introduces vSphere App HA to detect and recover from application or operating system failure.
The new VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache virtualizes server-side flash to significantly decrease application latency.
VMware vSphere 5.5 offers a low-latency sensitivity feature to improve the response time of latency-sensitive applications. The product also enables configurations two times the previous physical CPU, memory and NUMA node limits.
VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions enables customers to run Apache Hadoop and Big Data workloads on VMware vSphere 5.5, alongside other applications.
In addition, VMware vSphere 5.5 now supports next-generation Intel Xeon processor E5 v2 and Intel AtomProcessor C2000.
VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 includes VMware vCloud Automation Center, which enables customers to automate the delivery of IT applications and services and VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite capabilities.
In addition, VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 features new releases of VMware vCloud Connector, VMware vCloud Director, VMware vCloud Networking and Security, and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager.
The Suite’s release follows the recent decision by VMware’s board of directors to authorize the purchase of up to $700 million of its Class A common stock through the end of 2015.