VMware Takes Another Leap In Hybrid Cloud

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 03, 2015


Virtualization major VMware continues to driving its hybrid cloud strategy, making several announcements at an event in San Francisco. The IT vendor has revealed its unified platform of virtualized compute, networking and storage for the hybrid cloud. VMware’s latest platform will enable customers to create one environment across the private and public cloud to run any cloud-native or traditional application. 

The company is leveraging its NSX networking technology, which was a result of its $1.26 billion purchase of startup Nicira in 2012, which helped the company reduce the gap between private clouds built with the VMware vSphere hypervisor and public clouds built on vCloud Air. In other words, it is now bullish on its Hybrid cloud platform, where it sees much gain.

VMware’s flagship product vSphere also got an update in the form of new services. vSphere users now have the option of using Long-Distance vMotion, a live-migration service that let users run their workloads and migrate them to different hosts across long distances.

“Every traditional industry across the globe is being transformed by software,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, Inc. “To navigate and thrive in the face of this change, businesses must be decisive in the face of uncertainty. Today, we are taking another leap forward in helping our customers meet these demands through a unified platform, defined in software, which will offer unmatched choice and extends our innovations across compute, networking and storage to deliver the hybrid cloud.”

Also included is what’s known as Instant Clone Technology (formerly known as Project Fargo), which will apparently let users rapidly spin up both containers and virtual machines in “sub-second timeframes,” according to a company announcement.

VMware also reiterated its support for OpenStack by further explaining VMware Integrated OpenStack, which lets organizations use VMware’s tools to manage existing OpenStack clouds.

Hybrid cloud is becoming the new normal in the enterprise. “According to IDC research, more than 65 percent of IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures encompassing multiple public cloud services, as well as private cloud and/or non-cloud infrastructure resources, by the end of 2015. Through its unified platform for the hybrid cloud, VMware is positioning itself to help businesses through this transformative period,” says Matthew Eastwood, Group Vice President and General Manager of IDC’s Enterprise Platform Group.

All of the announcements made are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2015.