From Hybrid Cloud To Hardware, VMware Looks Everywhere

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 28, 2014


At the recently held VMworld 2014, IT major VMware has announced a slew of initiatives touching nearly every aspect of its business. Addressing the rapidly evolving Software Defined Data Center landscape, the company has announced a hardware appliance effort known as the EVO initiative. CEO Pat Gelsinge said at the keynote address that EVO is the next evolution of infrastructure. It is a family of products that is the fastest way to deploy the Software Defined Data Center.

The hardware is VMware’s software, packaged and integrated with hardware for an easy to deploy solution. There are currently two efforts within the EVO platform. The first is known as EVO RAIL, which is an appliance solution designed for up to 100 Virtual Machines to run. It promises to get a systems up and running in 15 minutes. The second EVO solution is known as Rack and is about enabling an entire data center deployment in under two hours.

The company further announced new OpenStack cloud and Docker virtualization initiatives. In the past, experts have often thought of OpenStack and Docker as being competitive alternatives to VMware, but Gelsinge clarified that’s not the case at all.

The new VMware Integrated OpenStack platform is a complete cloud platform that provides deep integration with VMware’s virtualization and management tools. The new VMware OpenStack solution can enable VMware users to embrace OpenStack if they so choose.

That same idea of choice is driving VMware’s embrace of Docker. VMware’s ESX hypervisor is a traditional Virtual Machine (VM) technology, while Docker is a container virtualization technology. According to the company, until now, developers and users and have had to choose between using a virtual machine and a container for virtual application delivery.

VMware now has multiple partnerships in place to make Containers run well in VMware. Those partnerships include a PaaS partnership with Pivotal and a development partnership with Google , among others. Project Fargo, which is a VMware effort to enable Docker containers to run faster on a virtual machine than they can running natively on Linux was also unveiled at the event.

The company unveiled new hybrid cloud service capabilities and a new lineup of third-party mobile application services designed to enable enterprise and application developers to better support the dynamic needs of modern businesses.

“Business today looks to modern, mobile applications to drive revenue, differentiation and loyalty,” said Bill Fathers, executive VP and GM, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. “We are continuing to push the pace of our cloud expansion, intent to make VMware vCloud Air the industry’s leading hybrid cloud platform for building, deploying, scaling and operating next-generation, mobile-cloud applications.”

The VMworld 2014, also touched upon mobility with VMware Workspace Suite, an integrated platform for managing applications, data and devices. In addition, VMware introduced new products and innovations designed to help customers begin their journey to the next phase of mobile work with desktops and applications delivered as a service.

“VMware Workspace Suite represents a key milestone, delivering the industry’s best end-user experience in a single, virtual workspace that unifies mobile, desktop and data – allowing people to work at the speed of life,” said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware adding that the company’s integrated solution extends from the data center to devices, to make this end-user computing suite both simple and more secure for line-of-business and IT.