VMworld: VMware Unveils Deals, Partners

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After a busy first day of “virtual roads, actual clouds” the VMworld 2010 conference kicked into high gear Tuesday as VMware announced acquisitions and partnerships and elaborated on its IT as a service strategy .

VMware released a flurry of announcements Tuesday.  CEO and President Paul Maritz and Dr. Stephen Herrod, CTO and Senior VP or R&D gave talks as VMware unveiled acquisitions and aligned with partners. Here’s a roundup:

  • VMware acquires Integrien and TriCipher.  VMware announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire Integrien, a leader in real time application and infrastructure performance analytics software, and TriCipher, a leader in secure access management and enterprise identity federation for cloud hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.  Both acquisitions are expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2010.
  • VMware introduces end-user strategy. To support its end-user computing vision, VMware announced several new products.  VMware View 4.5 is a user-centric desktop management and delivery architecture that delivers rich user experiences across an organization on a growing number of devices at any location – online or offline.  Within View 4.5, ThinApp 4.6 reduces costs and complexity by simplifying the application delivery process. Zimbra Appliance is a next generation email and collaboration solution delivered as a virtual appliance. VMware will preview Project Horizon at the conference, a cloud-based management service that will securely extend enterprise identities into the cloud and provide new methods for provisioning and managing applications and data based on the user, not the device or underlying operating system. To aid in deciphering all of the the new VMware model being presented they are offering on-site, end-to-end consulting services to help ease into the new user-centric application and data delivery model.
  • VMware drives IT as a Service.  VMware introduced its cloud application platform strategy and solutions, enabling developers to build and run modern applications that intelligently share information with underlying infrastructure to maximize application performance, quality of service and infrastructure utilization. The platform, vFabric merges the Java development framework with platform services such as lightweight application server, global data management cloud-ready messaging, dynamic load balancing and application performance management. “We’re moving into an era where developers can build great applications and immediately deploy those applications onto a modern platform that provisions and configures itself on demand and intelligently runs and scales the application based on policy,” said Rod Johnson, SVP of the application platform division of VMware.  Described as an evolutionary path to the cloud, vFabric allows developers to build with what they are familiar with while enabling the choice of where to run the applications – on-premise or in public clouds.
  • VMware cloud infrastructure products.  VMware announced six new products and services to help achieve the benefits of cloud computing while maintaining the control and freedom of choice they require.  VMware vCloud Director was introduced as a change to the way IT delivers infrastructure services and the way users access and consume them. Aimed at creating the virtual data center (VDC) vCloud Director expands vSphere to build logical pools of compute, network and storage resources with defined management policies, SLAs and pricing.  vShield was introduced as a family of three products that deliver a security model designed  specifically for virtual and cloud environments.  vShield Edge, vShield App, and vShield Endpoint virtualize security and edge services, including firewall, VPN and load balancing.  vCloud Datacenter Serviceswere introduced as a way for enterprises to extend their data centers to external clouds, while preserving security, compliance and quality of service.  vCloud Datacenter Services will seek to a ubiquitous, global solution for enterprises as a means to alleviate the problems that public clouds have faced such as security concerns, uncertain SLAs and lack of compliance. Finally vCloud Consulting Services will bring it all together by offering a portfolio of professional service offerings to guide customers to the cloud.
  • Verizon and VMware launch solution.  VMware and Verizon unveileda new enterprise class  hybrid solution that will enable enterprises to move their applications to the cloud more quickly without compromising security or performance.  The solution joins Verizon’s Computing as a Service (CaaS) portfolio and combines their global IP network and VMware’s vSphere virtualization platform, delivering ‘IT as a Service’.  “With this latest addition to our cloud computing portfolio, our enterprise clients can now trial the unmatched flexibility of our new hybrid cloud solution, which builds on our relationship with VMware to deliver a new, innovative service while leading the industry to an ‘everything-as-a-service’ model,” said Kerry Bailey, Verizon Business senior vice president for enterprise strategy.  Verizon enhanced their CaaS platform using vCloud Datacenter, vSphere, vCloud Director and vShield security solutions.
  • HP and VMware extend agreement.  HP and VMware announced an agreement to deliver a new virtualization solution, reference architectures and IT services to help customers accelerate cloud computing deployment and IT as a service. The two companies will present an end-to-end infrastructure solution that combines vCloud Director with the HP BladeSystem Matrix and HP Cloud Maps. The integration will be available as a technology preview by the end of the year.  The HP Insight Control extension for VMware vCenter Server monitor status and performance of virtual machines and the underlying host systems that support them from a single pane of glass. Under the expanded agreement HP will develop reference architectures and provide consulting, integration and support services for customers deploying VMware virtualization software within an HP Converged Infrastructure framework.

At the conference VMware followed its own advice and deployed an impressive hands-on lab environment for attendees.  This video from the VMworldTV channel on YouTube walks through the infrastructure behind the scenes and how the lab operates.

For a few thousand other details of events surrounding the conference and people tweeting about their experiences, check out the Twitter hashtag #vmworld

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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