Great Lakes Computer Offers Free VMware Essentials Plus and Free Upgrades to vSphere Standard with IBM x3650 M3 Servers

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Great Lakes Computer announces it is offering free VMware Essentials Plus and free upgrades to vSphere Standard with the purchase of select IBM x3650 M3 servers.

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The x3650M3 is a rock solid VMware server and is one of IBM’s most popular System x models. We wanted to promote the benefits of virtualization and let customers leverage our staff of certified VMware engineers.

Great Lakes Computer, a 25-year-old billion dollar VMware and IBM reseller, announces it is offering free VMware Essentials Plus and free upgrades to vSphere Standard with the purchase of select IBM x3650 M3 servers.

Free VMware Essentials Plus Promotion Details:

VMware Essentials Plus (supporting up to 3 hosts) retails for $3,495, but IBM System x customers can get it free of charge when they purchase three X3650 M3 server bundles from Great Lakes Computer. Each X3650 M3 host is fully redundant and optimized for virtualized environments with two 6-core Intel processors, 96GB of memory, two hard drives and a three year on-site IBM warranty.

Essentials Plus provides an all-in-one solution to build a virtualization cluster on three physical hosts. This reduces hardware costs, while ensuring superior high application availability and data protection.

VMware vSphere Essentials Plus includes:

  •     VMware ESXi or VMware ESX hypervisor architecture
  •     VMFS (Virtual Machine File System)
  •     4-way Virtual SMP
  •     VMware vCenter Server Agent
  •     VMware vStorage APIs / VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB)
  •     VMware Update Manager
  •     VMware High Availability (HA)
  •     VMware Data Recovery
  •     VMware vCenter Server for Essentials
  •     VMware vMotion

Free Upgrade to vSphere Standard Promotion Details:

Providing the exact same features as VMware essentials, vSphere Standard Acceleration supports unlimited hosts. The upgrade to vSphere Standard retails for $4,350, includes two processor licenses and is available free of charge with the purchase of an IBM x3650 M3 server. The server is configured with two 6-core processors, 192GB of memory, two 146GB hard drives and a three year on-site IBM warranty.

Expiring June 15th, 2011, these free VMware promotions are available exclusively through Great Lakes Computer and represent packaged discounts usually reserved for only the largest volume VMware and IBM customers. While configured to VMware best practices, the hardware configurations can be customized to meet specific technical requirements.

When asked what was behind the exclusive VMware promotion, the IBM Business Manager for Great Lakes Computer was quoted as saying; "The x3650M3 is a rock solid VMware server and is one of IBM’s most popular System x models. We wanted to promote the benefits of virtualization and let customers leverage our staff of certified VMware engineers. What better way is there than by offering what is, in our opinion, the best VMware and IBM server promotion in the market?”

Those interested in learning more about this exclusive VMware promotion are encouraged to contact Great Lakes Computer on the web or by calling 800-488-2587.

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