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Vmware vSphere 5 Now Certified to Run on Open Compute Project

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Virtualization and cloud computing software developer VMware announced on Thursday it has joined the Facebook Open Compute Project, with VMware vSphere 5 now certified to run on open AMD- and Intel-based hardware according to the project’s specifications.

Earlier this week, VMware launched VMware View 5.1 and an updated portfolio of end-user computing solutions designed to empower a more agile, productive and connected enterprise.

Launched by Facebook in April 2011, the Open Compute Project strives to increase technology efficiencies and reduce the environmental impacts of data centers by publicly sharing its environmentally-friendly design of its Prineville data center.

The new certifications enable users of Open Compute servers to virtualize production workloads, including business-critical applications, using validated joint solutions.

“VMware is committed to delivering innovative technology that transforms and redefines how businesses function and operate in the cloud era,” said Richard A. Brunner, chief platform architect at VMware. “VMware vSphere 5 is now certified to run on Open Compute AMD-and Intel-based v2.0 server platforms. With VMware vSphere 5 now expanding to cover a wide range of embedded processors, I/O devices and servers, customers are offered a greater choice in IT solutions.”

The Open Compute Project applies open-source software principles to the hardware industry to drive the development of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost.

VMware worked closely with Facebook to certify AMD- and Intel-based server platforms based on the Open Compute Project version 2.0 specifications, which are listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide.

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