I’m very excited that we’ve announced vSphere Scale-Out this week at VMworld here in Las Vegas. This new vSphere edition is specifically and exclusively designed for running HPC and Big Data workloads. This is an important development in our work to offer compelling virtualization solutions for these two emerging workload classes.

Our strategy for addressing HPC and Big Data continues to be one of leverage. We work with our R&D teams to ensure that HPC and Big Data performance and other requirements can be met — either via targeted development efforts that will also benefit customer Enterprise IT workloads, or via tuning guidelines — with our mainstream products.

vSphere Scale-Out is an edition of vSphere with a feature set that has been adjusted to align with HPC and Big Data requirements and with a competitive price point that is appropriate for these two scale-out workload types.

More detail about vSphere Scale-Out can be found here in Martin Yip’s recent blog post.