Support and Subscription is required. Essentials Plus for Retail and Branch Office includes vCenter Server Essentials and ESXi for 3 hosts (2 procs max per host); 192 GB total VRAM entitlement for each Essential Plus bundle. Product features include: vCenter agents, 8-way vSMP, Update Manager, Data Recovery, High Availability, and vMotion. The server hosts can be managed by the vCenter Server Essentials edition that is provided with this bundle or centrally with vCenter Standard (sold separately), but not managed by both simultaneously. A maximum of 1 kit can be used per site. Minimum purchase of 10 kits (starter kit) is required. Licenses not used per site cannot be distributed across physical site locations.
Efficiency through utilization and automation
vSphere 5 enables higher consolidation ratios with unequaled performance by providing groundbreaking memory management technology, expanded resource pooling capabilities with more granular storage and network I/O controls, and major enhancements to overall scalability.
Reclaim application performance by reducing memory contention as a bottleneck.
DRS host affinity
Set granular policies for virtual machine movement.
Storage I/O control
Set storage quality-of-service priorities for each virtual machine to guarantee access to storage resources.
Deliver key storage performance statistics regardless of storage protocol.
Leverage modern protocol interfaces between VMware and storage arrays for faster performance for vSphere operations such as Storage vMotion events and virtual machine provisioning.
Network I/O control
Set network quality-of-service priorities per flow type for guaranteed access to network resources.
Agility with control
vSphere 5 extends its availability and security capabilities with fast live migrations and the ability to respond in parallel to any business need or change. Application services enhancements deliver status details for high availability and tighter integration with an existing directory service.
Speed and scale enhancements to vMotion deliver superior platform response and availability by migrating virtual machines faster and enabling more vMotion events in parallel.
VMware high availability
Deeper diagnostic and health check capabilities further enhances application availability in virtual machines.
Active directory integration
Seamless user authentication at the vSphere host provides centralized user management. Easily assign privileges to users or groups plus roll out permission rules across hosts.