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VMware unveils comprehensive cloud infrastructure and management solution
Posted on 28-Aug-2012 09:49. | Tags Filed under: News.

VMware unveiled a comprehensive solution of cloud infrastructure and management products, expertise and ecosystem support to help customers drive greater efficiency and improve operational agility. At the heart of today's announcement is the new VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, integrating VMware's virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, simplifying the adoption of cloud era technologies.

"Today at VMworld, VMware and its partners are taking a bold step toward simplifying IT, offering customers everything they need to build, operate and manage their cloud environments," said Paul Maritz, VMware CEO. "The VMware vCloud Suite delivers the software-defined datacenter -- the architecture for implementing cloud computing."

The software-defined datacenter delivers on the promise of cloud computing for agile, elastic, efficient, and reliable IT services by extending the benefits of virtualization to every domain in the datacenter -- compute, storage, networking, and the associated availability and security services. The software-defined datacenter architecture abstracts all hardware resources and pools them into aggregate capacity, enabling automation to safely and efficiently dole it out as needed for applications.

Tenants or customers utilizing the software-defined datacenter can have their own virtual datacenters with a logically isolated collection of all the virtual compute, storage, networking and security resources they are used to.

"Today's IT requires organizations to take a holistic approach to planning, building and operating their infrastructure, especially as we move into this new era of cloud computing," said Don Henderson, Chief Technology Officer, NYSE Technologies. "At NYSE Euronext, not only have we embraced cloud computing as a foundation for our corporate IT strategy, we're extending that value to financial services organizations looking to modernize their individual IT operations, leveraging VMware cloud technology and expertise to offer the financial industry's first community cloud."

By recasting every layer of datacenter infrastructure into software services running across pools of industry standard hardware, the VMware vCloud Suite will simplify and automate operations while ensuring application service levels for even the most resource-intensive business critical applications.

The VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 brings together the components customers need to build, operate and manage cloud infrastructure -- virtualization, software-defined datacenter services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, and application and operations management.

The foundation of the VMware vCloud Suite is an updated VMware vSphere 5.1, which includes more than 100 enhancements and new features to deliver the highest service levels for all applications, including business-critical workloads and low-latency, I/O-sensitive applications. Key advancements in VMware vSphere 5.1 include more powerful VMs, more innovations to help customers avoid unplanned downtime and more robust networking capabilities.

VMware vSphere 5.1 will support virtual machines (VMs) with up to 64 virtual CPUs. To keep these VMs running 24/7, VMware has enhanced VMware vMotion to enable live migration of VMs without the need for shared storage. VMware vSphere 5.1 also introduces new VMware vSphere Data Protection™ for simplified, reliable VM back-up and recovery, VMware vSphere Replication for cost-effective disaster protection, and VMware vShield Endpoint for more efficient VM security.

VMware vSphere 5.1 will also include key enhancements to the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch, including the ability to support up to 500 networked hosts per distributed switch. With new Network Health Check, Configuration Backup and Restore, Roll-Back and Recovery capabilities, VMware vSphere 5.1 Distributed Switch simplifies deployment, ongoing management and troubleshooting of virtual networks. In addition, VMware vSphere 5.1 now supports single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) to optimize network performance for latency sensitive applications.

As the datacenter becomes software-driven, customers have the opportunity to simplify and automate management and operations to achieve the efficiency and agility of cloud computing. The VMware vCloud Suite includes vFabric Application Director, vCenter Operations Management Suite and vCloud Connector to speed application provisioning, move workloads between clouds, and bring intelligent automation to capacity planning, performance and compliance management.

"Most private cloud implementations will build from a virtualization foundation -- virtualizing compute, storage, networking and availability to create pools of resources -- helping to reduce capital costs and the cost of operations and, most importantly, enable faster service delivery," said Tom Bittman, VP and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner.

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