VMware targets SMBs with Go Pro virtualisation package

VMware's package of services for small and medium-sized businesses has come out of beta and into general availability.VMware Go Pro, a unified management console for smaller companies to automate, control and manage virtual and physical infrastructures, was released on Thursday.

VMware's package of services for small and medium-sized businesses has come out of beta and into general availability.

VMware Go Pro, a unified management console for smaller companies to automate, control and manage virtual and physical infrastructures, was released on Thursday. The virtualisation company announced the beta version of Go Pro in October at VMworld 2010 Europe. At the time, it was expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2010.

"With VMware Go Pro we will bring ease-of-use to IT infrastructure management for SMBs with affordable patch management, help desk, hardware asset management, and software licence management," Manoj Jayadevan, VMware's director of emerging business and products, said in a VMware statement.

The package is designed to: streamline the installation of vSphere Hypervisor on Windows machines; aid in patch management by scanning physical and virtual machines for missing patches for the Microsoft operating system and other software application vendors; track software licences across an IT stack; manage bug fix requests; and provide hardware asset management.

VMware Go Pro subscriptions are available for $29.95 (£18.83) per administrator, per month.