Post by Mike Laverick, Senior Cloud Infrastructure Evangelist, Competitive Team
If you were viewing this year’s VMworld 2013 from the lens of the media, you’d be forgiven for thinking there was no news for the SMB. I think that reflects the bias of most media organizations that think the be-all-and-all is enterprise IT designed for big global corporates with megabucks and deep pockets. Of course, they are wrong, there was plenty of good news for SMB folks who have a passion for VMware technologies. If are you looking to catch-up on what was announced at VMworld, it would do you good to check out the VMworldTV channel on YouTube. Many of the breakout sessions were recorded by the team and uploaded recently.
So what were the highlights for SMBs at this year’s event?
vSphere App High Availability (AppHA)
This new feature of VMware High Availability clustering is an extension of the “VM restart” feature that’s been in vSphere for sometime. What’s new and exciting here is AppHA not only monitors the state of the VM, but also the services running inside it as well. It supports most commonly used applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Sharepoint and SQL, and it’s possible to add your own service definitions as well. I think this marks a significant shift for VMware. In the past, the availability of the OS and applications was left to the owner of the systems – Windows or Linux. But I think these are the first signs of VMware going up through the VM and deep inside the VM’s guest operating system to deliver availability through all the layers of the stack.