By Jef Cozza / CIO Today. Updated August 25, 2014.
Virtualization software company VMware lost no time starting its VMworld 2014 conference with a bang on Monday, announcing a slew of new developments in network virtualization, cloud management, and software-defined data centers. The firm named several industry partners that would be collaborating on the new services, including Dell, F5 Networks and HP.
VMworld, which runs through Thursday in San Francisco, is the company’s annual cloud and virtualization conference.
VMware NSX on Dell Networking Switches
Among the announcements was the news that VMware would be expanding a longstanding partnership with Dell. According to the agreement, the company will provide a pre-configured solution combining VMware NSX, the company’s network virtualization platform, with Cumulus Linux on Dell Networking switches. VMware NSX will also now available through both Dell and Dell’s channel partners.
“Companies with limited IT staff and budget are looking for simple, integrated and validated architectures. Dell and VMware have teamed to provide a converged infrastructure solution to meet these requirements,” the company said in a statement.
VMware also took the wraps off EVO: Rail, a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance intended to streamline the deployment and scale-out of software-defined IT infrastructure. Unlike converged systems, a hyper-converged system consists of a modular design that allows organizations to quickly scale their infrastructures by adding additional modules. The company is pitching the appliance as a way to simplify the delivery of software-defined infrastructure services at a lower cost.
Like its NSX virtualization platform, VMware said EVO: Rail is also targeting the mid-market and enterprise segments, particularly clients running virtual desktop infrastructures in the financial services, government, health, education, oil and gas, and insurance sectors.
Software-Defined Data Centers
The other main focus of the announcements was the software-defined data center. The company’s new Integrated OpenStack solution will allow organizations to deliver OpenStack APIs on top of their existing VMware infrastructures. According to VMware, the solution will allow clients to set up complete OpenStack clouds for internal developers, allowing them to host workflows that may currently be residing on public clouds.
In addition to its existing cloud products, the company announced the new vRealize Suite, which it is marketing as a complete software stack capable of managing software-defined data centers and public cloud infrastructure services. Complementing the suite is vRealize Air Automation, a new subscription service automating delivery and life-cycle management of application and infrastructure services. The service is currently still in qualified beta.
Meanwhile, VMware also announced it was updating its vCloud Suite with the release of version 5.8. The vCloud Suite is a tool for building and managing a VMware VSphere private cloud. The latest version features enhanced policy-based provisioning capabilities, recovery plans for up to 5,000 virtual machines, and additional integration to provide clients with greater access to disaster recovery protection, according to the company.
Finally, the company announced new partnership agreements with HP and F5 Networks to enhance its software-defined data center offerings. According to the agreement with HP, the HP-VMware networking solution will be available as both a standalone product and as part of the HP Converged Systems offering. The HP Helion OpenStack will also support enterprise-class VMware virtualization technologies.
The partnership with F5, meanwhile, will provide for the interoperability between its BIG-IQ management platform and VMware NSX. According to the company, the agreement will enable customers to combine VMware’s network service automation with F5’s application delivery service management.