VMware Definitions

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    VMware vFabric Hyperic

    VMware vFabric Hyperic is an agent-based monitoring system that automatically collects metrics on the performance and availability of hardware resources, operating systems, middleware and applications in physical, virtualized and cloud environments.

  • VMware Virtual SAN Observer

    VMware Virtual SAN Observer is a tool to monitor performance of a VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) cluster.

  • VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node (vSAN Ready Node)

    A VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node (vSAN Ready Node) is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) network appliance that is certified to run VMware vSAN. 

  • VMware Virtual SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing)

    VMware Virtual SMP is a utility that allows a single virtual machine to use two or more processors simultaneously. The utility is part of a virtualization suite called VMware Infrastructure 3... (Continued)

  • VMware vLockstep

    VMware vLockstep is the technology supporting VMware's Fault Tolerance (FT) high-availability software feature.

  • VMware VMCI (VMware Virtual Machine Communication Interface)

    VMware VMCI (Virtual Machine Communication Interface) is a high-speed interface that virtual machines (VMs) on the same host use to communicate with each other and the host kernel modules.

  • VMware VMFS (Virtual Machine File System)

    VMware VMFS (Virtual Machine File System) is a cluster file system that facilitates storage virtualization for multiple installations of VMware ESX Server, a hypervisor that partitions physical servers into multiple virtual machines... (Continued)

  • VMware VMmark

    VMware VMmark is a free benchmarking utility that runs several workloads to measure the performance and scalability of multiple hosts in a virtualized environment.

  • VMware vRealize Code Stream

    VMware vRealize Code Stream is an automated DevOps tool in the vRealize Suite that uses a dashboard and controls to manage the delivery of an application from development to testing to publication.

  • VMware vRealize Log Insight (formerly vCenter Log Insight)

    VRealize Log Insight is a log collection and analytics virtual appliance that enables administrators to collect, view, manage and analyze syslog data.

  • VMware vSAN (formerly Virtual SAN)

    VMware vSAN (formerly Virtual SAN) is a hyper-converged, software-defined storage (SDS) product developed by VMware that pools together direct-attached storage devices across a VMware vSphere cluster to create a distributed, shared data store.

  • VMware vShield

    VMware vShield is a group of networking and security products for virtualized IT infrastructures, comprising vShield Manager, vShield Edge, vShield Zones, vShield App, vShield Data Security and vShield Endpoint.

  • VMware vSphere

    VMware vSphere -- formerly known as VMware Infrastructure -- is the brand name for VMware's suite of server virtualization products that includes its ESXi hypervisor and vCenter management software.

  • VMware vSphere 6

    VMware vSphere 6 is an enterprise-class virtualization platform intended to provision, manage, automate and pool the use of an organization’s virtualized computing resources.

  • VMware vSphere App HA

    VMware vSphere App HA is virtual appliance introduced with vSphere 5.5. It works with vSphere HA (high availability) host monitoring and virtual machine monitoring to improve application uptime.

  • VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE)

    VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE) is a virtual appliance that enables administrators to deploy and manage the Hadoop clusters for big data analytics in the vSphere virtual infrastructure.

  • VMware vSphere Client

    The VMware vSphere Client is a web-based application that connects to the vCenter Server so IT administrators can manage installations and handle inventory objects in a vSphere deployment.

  • VMware vSphere Content Library

    The vSphere Content Library is a centralized repository in vSphere 6 to help manage and distribute virtual machines, templates, ISO images, scripts, vApps and other files related to virtual machines.

  • VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VMware VDPA)

    VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VMware VDPA) is a backup management, recovery and replication utility for virtual machines and applications that is based on EMC Avamar deduplication technology.

  • VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VMware vDS)

    A VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VMware vDS) allows a single virtual switch to connect multiple hosts in a cluster or multiple clusters for centralized management of network configurations in a vSphere environment.

  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor

    The VMware vSphere Hypervisor is a free, bare-metal hypervisor from VMware that allows users to virtualize their servers and consolidate applications.

  • VMware vSphere Loyalty Program

    The VMware vSphere Loyalty Program is a program that allows VMware EVO:RAIL users to apply vSphere Enterprise Plus licenses to their VMware EVO:RAIL appliances instead of having to pay for double.

  • VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist

    The VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist is a free application that allows administrators with an Android or iOS smartphone to monitor and correct issues with virtual machines (VM) on an infrastructure running on vSphere 5.0 and higher.

  • VMware vSphere Network I/O Control (NIOC)

    VMware vSphere Network I/O Control (NIOC) allows administrator to set up rules and policies to prioritize bandwidth for different network resource pools on a vSphere distributed switch.

  • VMware vSphere PowerCLI

    VMware vSphere PowerCLI is a command-line interface (CLI) tool for automating vSphere and vCloud management.

  • VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office

    VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office is a new vSphere product announced by VMware at VMworld 2014.

  • VMware vSphere Security Hardening Guide

    The VMware vSphere Security Hardening Guide is an Excel document provided by VMware that lists more than 150 recommendations to systems administrators to further secure their vSphere environment.

  • VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)

    VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) is software developed by VMware that pools disk space from ESXi hosts to provide high availability features without requiring additional storage hardware.

  • VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM)

    VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) is software that manages vSphere versions, installs and updates third-party ESX/ESXi host extensions, automates the patch and upgrade process on ESX/ESXi hosts, and performs upgrades to virtual appliances, VMware Tools and virtual machine hardware.

  • VMware vSphere Web Client plug-in

    VMware vSphere Web Client plug-ins are programs that either come from VMware itself or from third-party developers and partners to extend the vSphere Web Client with custom menu selections and toolbar icons that provide access to custom capabilities and external functionality.

  • VMware vStorage Thin Provisioning

    VMware vStorage Thin Provisioning increases virtual machine (VM) storage use through dynamic allocation and intelligent provisioning of physical storage capacity.

  • VMware Workstation Pro

    VMware Workstation Pro is a 64-bit hosted hypervisor intended to implement virtualization on Microsoft Windows and Linux endpoint computers, such as desktop systems.

  • VMworld

    VMworld is a conference covering virtualization and cloud computing technologies from VMware Inc and its partners and third-party vendors.

  • VMXNET Generation 3 (VMXNET3)

    VMXNET Generation 3 (VMXNET3) is a virtual network adapter designed to deliver high performance in virtual machines (VMs) running on the VMware vSphere platform.

  • vNUMA (virtual NUMA)

    vNUMA (virtual NUMA) is a memory-access optimization method for VMware virtual machines (VMs) that helps prevent memory-bandwidth bottlenecks.

  • vSphere CLI (vCLI)

    VMware's vSphere CLI (vCLI) commands are used in a command line interface (CLI) when managing VMware ESX/ESXi infrastructures.

  • vSphere HA (VMware High Availability)

    VMware vSphere HA (High Availability) is a utility included in VMware's vSphere software that can restart failed virtual machines (VMs) on alternative host servers to reduce application downtime.

  • vSphere hot add

    VMware vSphere hot add is a feature that allows an administrator to increase the random access memory (RAM) capacity of a running virtual machine (VM) without downtime.

  • vSphere hot plug

    vSphere hot plug is a function lets administrators add additional virtual hardware to running virtual machines (VMs).

  • vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA)

    vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) is an unsupported OVF virtual appliance that offers central management of OpenStack services running on top of vSphere.

  • vSphere Replication

    VSphere Replication is a feature of vSphere 5.0  and Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.0 that automates the failover of virtual servers to a recovery site.

  • vStorage API

    A vStorage API is an application program interface (API) from VMware that enables third-party storage and backup vendors to integrate their products with VMware’s vSphere server virtualization platform.

  • vStorage API for Multipathing (VAMP)

    vStorage API for Multipathing (VAMP) is a set of application program interfaces (APIs) from VMware that help to control I/O path selection in a host to storage devices. 

  • vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)

    vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) is an application program interface (API) framework from VMware that enables certain storage tasks, such as thin provisioning, to be offloaded from the VMware server virtualization hardware to the storage array.

  • vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)

    vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) is a set of application program interfaces (APIs), released with VMware’s vSphere 5, that enables vSphere vCenter to recognize the capabilities of storage arrays that support the API.

  • vTax

    VTax is the derogatory nickname the general public gave to a licensing change for VMware vSphere 5.0.

  • VVOLS (Virtual Volumes)

    VVOLs is a provisioning feature for vSphere 6 that changes how virtual machines (VMs) are stored and managed.

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