VMware Pushes into the Software-Defined Data Center at VMworld 2013

VMware has unleashed a string of new and updated products at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference in a move to realize the ambitious software-defined data center (SDDC) strategy it announced last year. Below is a comprehensive list of the releases that have been announced so far.

vCloud Suite 5.5 introduces a new version of vSphere that includes automated recovery from application and operating system failure, in addition to Flash Read Cache technology that taps into server-side flash to lower latency. Other features include vSphere Big Data Extensions for deploying Hadoop on virtualized servers, support for Intel’s Xeon E5 v2 and Atom C2000 processors, and doubled hypervisor capacity.

VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5 builds on the latest version of vSphere to provide admins with insights into workload capacity and health. It’s joined by vCloud Hybrid Service, an IaaS solution that targets the 60 percent of virtualization organizations which utilize VMware’s software. The company hopes to exploit its massive market share to pull the rug from under established public cloud providers such as Amazon and Rackspace.

The fourth addition to VMware’s lineup is NSX, a network virtualization platform that is largely based on technology the vendor obtained through the acquisition of Nicira. The solution transforms physical network infrastructure into a “pool of transport capacity” that marries simplicity with unified automation, visibility and control.

NSX is one of two software-defined offerings that made their debut at VMworld this week. The other is Virtual SAN, an abstraction layer enables data center operators to treat servers, direct attached storage, disks and flash as one large data store. Virtual SAN is designed for use in virtual desktop, test/dev and disaster recovery environments.
VMware also expanded its Horizon Suite with a complimentary desktop-as-a-service solution, a centralized version of the Horizon Workplace mobile management solution, and support for the LG G2, HTC One and Motorola DROID family of smartphones.