VMware vSphere is the market leading virtualization system for virtualized enterprise infrastructures. It is composed of two main software building blocks: the ESXi hypervisor and the vCenter Server to manage multiple hypervisors. The ESXi hypervisor in standalone mode is free of charge on a dedicated server. VMware’s advanced options, such as VMotion, HA or Distributed Switch, are available under license. The latest version ESXi 7.0U1 is available in 1 click for free for all your dedicated Dedibox servers.
Choose the dedicated server that fits your needs in Dedibox catalog and get it in a few minutes.
Access your Dedibox server from the console console.online.net.
Automated installation of VMware vSphere is available in Virtualization Distribution list and is one-click installation from version 6.0.0U1 to 7.0U1.
Virtualization allows several virtual machines to run on the same dedicated server in an isolated environment. There are many advantages such as optimization of dedicated server resources, isolation of virtual machines and high availability for production environments. Virtual machines have their own operating system. It is possible to run VMs (Virtual Machine) with Windows, Ubuntu and Debian for example on the same physical server. This allows system and/or application virtualization.
The architecture diagram on the left represents a dedicated server ( named host) with an operating system “VMware hypervisor ESXi” and 6 virtual machines.
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VMware vSphere ESXi is free for single-server use and can be deployed in minutes on Dedibox dedicated servers. If you need to install a cluster and take advantage of VMware’s advanced features, licenses can be purchased from a distributor. See the VMware vSphere® Edition Comparison Standard™ and VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus™.
In paid versions, there are many new features with the latest versions including VMware Tanzu for Kubernetes. See the comparison between the 3 versions. Note that we propose an automated installation of the 3 versions.
Here are VMware’s technical specifications:
It is possible to set up your licenses. Depending on the terms of your license, you will be able to enter your license keys from your vSphere client. See the presentation video
There are no requirements from VMware to support VMware ESXi infrastructures based on dedicated servers with software RAID. Note the exception of vSAN storage infrastructures which requires Hardware RAID to be supported by VMware.