Vmware Appliance Pricing
What are Virtual Appliances?
Virtual Appliances are pre-built software solutions, comprised of one or more Virtual Machines that are packaged, updated, maintained and managed as a unit. Unlike a traditional hardware appliance, these software appliances let customers easily acquire, deploy and manage, pre-integrated solution stacks. This speeds up time to value and simplifies software development, distribution, and management.
Virtual Appliances Are Changing How Software is Developed, Distributed and Deployed
With virtual appliances, software developers can create a single platform, reducing the cost and complexity of software development and management. They can efficiently and securely distribute the Virtual Appliance in an industry-standard format, the Open Virtualization Format (OVF). Customers can deploy an OVF packaged virtual appliance on the virtualization platform of their choice. Only VMware offers the industry’s largest VMware Solution Exchange, giving users the quickest way to browse and try applications designed to run best in a virtual machine.
Why Deploy a Virtual Appliance?
Installing and managing software is much easier when the software is delivered as a virtual appliance. Whether you deploy this ready to run software internally or leverage a cloud or service provider, deploying and managing a virtual appliance is simple, yet reliable.
- Virtual Appliances are pre-configured, reducing time and expenses associated with application deployment
- Save time, money, and resources on patching, maintaining and managing
- Optimized to run in a virtual environment means more flexibility with how and where your applications run
Build a Virtual Appliance and Simplify Development
Eliminate many of the stumbling blocks that come with traditional software development and distribution. Ship pre-installed, pre-configured, standard solutions that enable your end-users to literally plug applications into their environments with minimal effort.
Hardware appliance vendors can eliminate the need for 3rd party hardware platforms and:
- Expand their reach and enter new markets
- Provide customers with more scalable and robust solutions
- Decrease time to market and get customers up and running faster
- Reduce expenses of procuring and shipping hardware
Software vendors who package solutions as virtual appliances can:
- Reduce costs and complexity of developing and testing software
- Simplify deployment and patching for customers, while reducing support calls
- Reach new customer segments
Why Virtual Appliances
VMware partners are making their products available in virtual appliances for many reasons, but in general, virtual appliances deliver on the classical promise of disruptive technologies: Faster, Better, Cheaper.
As software vendors explore strategies to leverage the rapid growth of server virtualization and customer interest in cloud computing, virtual appliances serve as an “on ramp” to new sales, distribution and licensing models. Whether an appliance is intended to be a platform for demonstrating software, a commercial product, or a demo that can easily be activated as a fully-featured product after purchasing an appropriate license, VMware partners are developing ready-to-run virtual machines that are easy for customers to download, commission and run.
The expanding VMware installed base provides a universally compatible platform for theses products. Further, the recent Gartner, Inc.'s X86 Virtualization Server Magic Quadrant positions VMware in the Leader’s Quadrant. VMware partners can be confident in making VMware their platform of choice in any move to the cloud.
What’s a VMware Ready Virtual Appliance?
Software appliances aren’t a new idea. Technology vendors have packaged specialized systems on dedicated commodity hardware to deliver high-value functionality such as storage, networking and security for many years. Standardizing the product and taking installation and basic configuration out of the hands of the end user increased reliability and reduced installation time and support costs. It also raised the cost of the product. This is acceptable for high-cost products, but software vendors seeking a lower price point can’t easily take advantage of the traditional appliance model.
Appliances built on virtual machines changed the game entirely. Any software product can easily be pre-packaged and delivered in a virtual machine, and can run anywhere that a compatible hypervisor is available. End users skip hardware and operating system preparation, and can usually ignore device compatibility. The software can be installed and in use in minutes, and can easily provide a complete demonstration configuration.
Anyone can build a VMware-compatible virtual appliance. There are no licenses required, and the tools that help with configuration are all free from VMware or available from other vendors. Many vendors choose to build and deliver appliances in partnership with VMware, taking advantage of the VMware Ready logo program and the VMware VMware Solution Exchange. By packaging a VMware Ready qualified product in a VMware qualified virtual appliance, partners take advantage of preferred exposure and the highest standard of VMware partnership.
A VMware Ready Virtual Appliance begins with qualifying a VMware Ready product. Members of VMware’s Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program can download the VMware Ready Program Guide and begin testing their product for this qualification. After approval for the VMware Ready logo, the base software product is built as a Virtual Appliance to VMware Virtual Appliance requirements using VMware Studio or an equivalent product. Following successful evaluation of the appliance by VMware, the appliance will be listed on the VMware VMware Solution Exchange with the VMware Ready logo designation.
The VMware Ready logo qualification is not required to develop a virtual appliance, but it provides the highest level and endorsement and visibility from VMware. Listing a product in the VMware Ready program is strongly recommended as an incremental step to successfully marketing an appliance. You can find VMware Ready Virtual Appliances on the VMware Solution Exchange.
Who Delivers VMware Ready Virtual Appliances?
VMware partners ranging from technology specialists to industry heavyweights deliver their software products as VMware Ready Virtual Appliances. Some have extensive experience with hardware-based products. Other have developed appliances based on their software products.
VMware is proud to feature several partners that have strategically moved to qualify their products to the VMware Ready standard and to make them available as VMware Ready Virtual Appliances.
VMware vSphere™ Storage Appliance
Software that delivers shared storage benefits for SMBs without shared storage hardware. VMware vSphere Storage Appliance extends the benefits of virtualization to all SMBs by transforming internal storage from several server hosts into a protected shared storage resource.
- Simple setup and configuration
- High availability without storage hardware required
- Applications and shared storage, all on existing servers
- Eliminates single point of failure
Shared Storage for Everyone
Enjoy the benefits of shared storage even if you don’t have shared storage hardware. For many SMBs, virtualization means dealing with complex shared storage for the first time. Not anymore. VMware vSphere Storage Appliance provides high availability and automation capabilities of vSphere to SMBs without shared storage hardware.
Set it up in just five clicks
Before vSphere Storage Appliance, implementing virtualization required specialized knowledge in shared storage hardware. For example, a SAN configuration may require an FC Switch, a Server HBA, FC cables, and an external RAID Storage hardware. But with VSA, installation involves just a few mouse clicks and entering the desired IP address. And because VSA is integrated with vCenter Server, you can manage your entire IT environment in one place.
Get high availability without shared storage hardware
vSphere Storage Appliance runs on multiple servers simultaneously, so you can have the confidence that data is available to any of your workloads, even when a server fails. With vSphere’s availability features, you can restart virtual machines automatically when a server fails, use fault tolerant protection so applications run uninterrupted, and perform maintenance with zero impact to the end user by migrating applications live from one server to another using vMotion. Eliminate any single point of failure within your IT environment.
Get world-class datacenter capabilities
vSphere Storage Appliance empowers smaller IT environments with the performance and efficiency of world-class datacenters. Get the most out of your hardware by pooling workloads for higher utilization. Then use the unique set-and-forget automation features of vSphere to guarantee application service levels for your most important applications, without constantly monitoring compute, network, or storage resources.
The list below highlights the key features of vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA):
Affordable Shared Storage
- Turns internal server storage into fully virtualized, clustered, shared and highly available data stores at a lower cost than networked, external shared storage
Simple Installation and Configuration
- Fully-automated installation and configuration of vCenter, vSphere and VSA in just a few clicks
- Ensures correct configuration for high availability
Simplified and Centrally Managed IT environment
- Simplifies IT infrastructure – run your applications and use shared storage, all on existing servers
- Tight vCenter integration provides simplified administration via VSA plug-in
Storage Resilience Plus Availability
- Synchronous mirroring of data stores (VSA uses RAID 1 protection across servers and RAID 5/6/10 protection within servers)
- 99.9% availability using vSphere High Availability
- Eliminates any single point of failure
Regular Server HCL Support