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Virtualization Product of the Year: VMware Infrastructure 3 with Lab Manager
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based spinoff of storage company EMC went public in 2007 with an initial public offering, and maintained its leadership position in one of the hottest areas of the IT channel.
It's technologically ahead of its rivals, in part because of the innovative components it offers. That combination was more than enough for the CRN Test Center to name VMware Infrastructure 3 with Lab Manager as the Virtualization Product of the Year.
Specifically, we really liked advances VMware has brought to bear in its Lab Manager, a Web tool designed to support developers and testers in highly distributed environments.
Lab Manager provides end-to-end software life-cycle management capabilities that are far and away better than any other offering in the industry. But we found other elements of the VMware Infrastructure 3 suite also compelling, including the ESX Server, its VirtualCenter Management Server, and VMware Converter, a nifty tool that allows a solution provider to create virtual machines (VMs) from existing physical machines.
VMware's VMotion live migration technology is capable of transferring VM images on a single SAN, so the migrations are performed extremely fast. ESX Server can manage clusters of physical hosts that are treated as a single resource pool. With ESX Server installed on several host machines, administrators can treat them as a single pool of CPUs, memory and stored resources, and deploy virtual machines across clusters of hosts.
The bottom line: during a period when the industry is moving toward server and storage consolidation, and when solution providers are being tested on how well they can deliver virtualization services and solutions, VMware Infrastructure 3 provides a channel-friendly, powerful path for VARs and their customers.