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VMware Infrastructure 3 won this year's technology of the Year Award for the best server virtualization platform. The InfoWorld's magazine award went to the VM producer for the fifth consecutive year.
The infrastructure of the virtualization producer was also named as "Best Overall Cloud Product" and "Best Cloud Platform" at the SYS-CON Event's - Cloud Computing Conference & Expo Show Awards.
The delegates of the International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo organized by SYS-CON voted for their favorite cloud computing solutions in five categories: Best Overall Cloud Product, Best Cloud Platform, Best Cloud Storage Solution, Best Cloud Management Solution, and Best Cloud Application.
"It is an honor to be recognized by IT professionals for the innovation we're bringing to virtualization that helps facilitate and advance cloud computing," said Dan Chu, Vice president of emerging products and markets in VMware.
He also added that the award is an endorsement of his company's efforts in cloud computing.
VMware Infrastructure 3 is the IT industry’s widely deployed virtualization suite. It is used by more than 130,000 customers worldwide. All companies ranked among Fortune's Top 100, as well as 95% of those tah get into the Fortune Global 500 rating use VMware's solutions.
VMware says that its Infrastructure "unifies discrete hardware resources to create a shared dynamic platform, while delivering built–in availability, security and scalability to applications". According to the world's leading full virtualization technology producer its solutions decrease customers' capital and operating costs, increase IT control of applications through service level automation, and empower IT departments.
VMware produces virtualization software for x86-compatible computers. It is probably the world's leading virtualization software development company. Sometimes consumers even think that virtualization is equal to VMWare. Probably because the "VM" in company's name is an acronym of "Virtual Machine".
VMware produces servers and desktop software. Its desktop version runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
The company also have an enterprise class virtualization technology - VMware ESX Server - that runs on physical server without any underlying OS.
The products of VMWare are popual as "Virtual Machines", "Virtual Dedicated Servers" because it are based on a virtualization method that provides a complete simulation of the underlying hardware.
VMware's software platform creates a fully virtualized set of hardware to the guest OS. WMware virtualizes the hardware for a video adapter, a network adapter, and HDD adapters. The host provides pass-through drivers for guest USB, serial, and parallel devices. This makes VMware's virtual machines highly portable between computers, because every host looks nearly identical to the guest.
This means that any administrator can pause operations on a VM guest, to move or copy that guest to another physical machine, and there resume execution exactly at the point of suspension. Alternately, for enterprise servers, a feature called VMotion allows the migration of operational guest VM between different computers that share the same storage.
VMware's ESX Server takes a more optimized path to running target OS on the host than emulators which simulate the function of each CPU instruction on the target machine one-by-one, or dynamic recompilation which compiles blocks of machine-instructions the first time they execute, and then uses the translated code directly when the code runs subsequently.
VMware technology doesn't emulate an instruction set for different hardware not physically present. This significantly boosts performance, but can cause problems when moving VM guests between hardware hosts using different instruction-sets, or between hardware hosts with a differing number of CPUs.
The virtualization method of VMware uses the CPU to run code directly whenever possible. When direct execution cannot operate, such as with kernel-level and real-mode code, the software re-writes the code dynamically, a process that VMware calls "binary translation" (BT). The translated code gets stored in spare memory, typically at the end of the address space, which segmentation mechanisms can protect and make invisible.
This makes VMware's virtualization technology to operate faster than emulators, running at more than 80% of the speed that the virtual guest operating-system would run directly on the same hardware. VMware claims an overhead between 3% and 6% for computationally-intensive applications.