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VWware has announced that the hypervisor core of its Cloud Infrastructure Suite, vSphere 5, is now generally available.

"The enhancements and new innovations we've introduced in VMware vSphere 5 provide a robust, reliable platform for business applications,' said VMware cloud-infrastructure headman Bogomil Balkansky in a prepared statement on Thursday.

When vSphere 5 was announced last month at a San Francisco press event, VMware said that it would be made generally available in the third quarter of this year. Unlike the press-the-deadline releases of many companies, vSphere 5's promised release comes with over a month to spare.

vSphere 5 includes a host of enhancements, not the least of which being its ability to handle virtual machines of up to 1TB of memory and 32 virtual CPUs, each churning through one million IOPs/sec and 36Gb/sec of network traffic.

What won't be found in vSphere 5, however, is the original virtual memory pricing scheme that VMware announced at the July rollout. Proving the old adage involving squeaky wheels and petroleum-based lubricants, VMware revamped that pricing model after customer outcry, bringing licensing fees more in line with those paid by vSphere 4 users.

Not to say that vSphere 5's pricing is anything other than complex. Get started by visiting the company's Upgrade Center – and you might want to bring along your trusty HP-12C Platinum as backup. ®

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