A good overview of the new vSphere components!

When you think about VMware products today, you likely think of VMware ESX 3.5 and the VMware Infrastructure Suite. While that suite includes many useful features, such as VMware High Availability (HA) and VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB), most enterprises today have a list of third-party VMware-related products that they need to use to manage their virtual infrastructure and a wish list of features that they need but don't have.

This year, VMware will release more products than it ever has. Many of these products fill the holes on that wish list and other products take aim at many of the third-party virtualization products in use today. This poses a few questions:

  • With its new offerings, will VMware put third-party management and other products out of business?
  • Will direct competition from VMware benefit end users?
  • Will end users get better products and/or lower prices from this competition?

VMware has created products that compete with existing third-party products and that increase its product breadth. (Does Microsoft come to mind, anyone?)

Before we answer these questions, here are the top 10 VMware products you should try in 2009 (listed in their order on the VMware products website).

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