VMware tested various configurations of VMware Smart Assurance IP Availability Manager and VMware Smart Assurance Global Manager in a VMware vSphere deployment. A typical VMware vSphere deployment, as shown in VMware vSphere deployment, consists of multiple ESX or ESXi hosts and an instance of the VMware vCenter Server.

Figure 1. VMware vSphere deployment

VMware vSphere enables multiple guest operating systems, including Linux, and NetWare, to run simultaneously and independently on the same physical host machine, and enables live applications to migrate across hosts with no business disruption. It uses the virtualization of physical host machines, networking, and storage to move within a few seconds an entire running virtual machine from one host to another.

VMware vSphere documentation is available at the following website: