VMware has announced that its efforts to deliver increased value to small and midsize businesses (SMB) have resulted in thousands of new customers worldwide, including significant deployments in key SMB markets, such as education, financial services, healthcare, IT consulting and manufacturing.

“There’s never been a better time for small and midsized businesses to energise their organisations with virtualisation,” says Chris Norton, regional director at VMware southern Africa. “In the past, SMBs have been forced to spend up to 70% of IT time and resources on mundane tasks just to maintain the status quo. Only 30% of the IT work was focused on delivering new capabilities to enable business growth.
"We’ve increased SMB adoption of virtualisation by turning that 70/30 ratio on its head.  We automated and simplified infrastructure management to help SMBs get ahead rather than tread water. SMBs now have enterprise-class disaster recovery, superior performance and scalability at a very affordable entry price. VMware gives SMBs the power of agility and the power to transform the way they operate.”
VMware solutions enable SMBs to save valuable time among their over-burdened IT staff by automating routine tasks, boosting productivity and responding faster to changes in real-world business conditions.
VMware’s cost-effective and easy to deploy solutions also offer SMBs built-in security and data protection to help ensure ‘Always On’ IT and continuous uptime for their applications.
Specific features in the VMware vSphere platform, such as VMware Fault Tolerance, VMware Data Recovery, VMotion and VMware vShield Zones, offer SMBs a level of resiliency for their businesses that had been reserved for only the largest enterprises in the past. VMware has also lowered the bar for SMBs to buy and use these capabilities with specific packages targeting this market segment and the lowest cost per application, the true way to measure cost for virtualisation solutions.
The VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Edition is ideal for businesses starting with 20 physical servers or less and offers a complete integrated package that includes High Availability, Data Recovery and central management. VMware vSphere Advanced Edition offers a robust business continuity solution ideal for companies with between 20 and 50 servers, and includes Fault Tolerance, VMware vShield Zones, VMware VMotion in addition to High Availability and Data Recovery.
Brand preference for VMware among SMB customers has grown significantly over the past year as more companies come to understand the unique value of the VMware platform.  VMware is the proven virtualisation leader for the SMB market with its fourth generation product. The scalability and efficiency of VMware’s virtualisation architecture set it apart from competitors and allow customers to do more while spending up to 50 percent less on computing hardware.
Customers also realise dramatic savings in power consumption, network cabling, datacenter space, cooling requirements, and storage systems.  And VMware’s management and automation tools lead the industry, helping SMBs leverage the IT resources they already have in place for maximum strategic advantage.