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VMware revamps its volume purchasing program

This news roundup has information on VMware's new Volume Purchasing Program. There is also news on unreleased vShield security features, users migrating to ESXi and more.

This edition of VMware at a glance contains the changes to VMware's Volume Purchasing Program. There is also information about new vShield security features, users migrating to ESXi and more.

VMware volume purchasing program a boon to SMBs
VMware overhauled its Volume Purchasing Program, allowing users to receive cumulative volume discounts and manage their accounts through a Web portal. Under the new system, points don't accrue forever. Rather, they disappear after two years. Additionally, the new rewards program places customers in control of their point totals instead of channel partners.

VMware previews new vShield security features
VMware customers previewed upcoming security features at the VMware User Group meeting. The new features -- vShield Edge, vShield App and near-agentless antivirus -- are aimed at large shops with complex security requirements. The new capabilities are available to select users through VMware's beta program.

VMware shops reluctantly plan the move from ESX to ESXi
Users, experts and pundits have speculated as to when VMware would dethrone ESX and crown ESXi as its default hypervisor. Now it's clear: VMware will no longer develop new features for ESX. With the release of vSphere 4.1, most ESX users say they will make the switch to ESXi, but they are reluctant to lose the management console.

Cisco, NetApp and VMware combine for 'end-to-end' FCoE storage
Cisco System Inc. and Netapp Inc. released new Fibre Channel over Ethernet products that are certified to run in VMware vSphere environments. The vendors hope that the VMware certifications will increase FCoE adoption.

VMware unveils vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4.0.2
VMware rolled out vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 4.0.2, a maintenance release that fixed several issues with previous SRM builds. One fix, for example, allows customers to protect VMs that use vNetwork Distributed Switches and SRM.

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