By Mark Lohmeyer, vice president of vSphere product management and marketing, VMware
Today at a live event in San Francisco, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and CTO Ben Fathi introduced our latest innovations across virtual compute, networking and storage. (Read the press release).
The theme of the event – One Cloud, Any Application – speaks to our new products and services that help you to deliver a consistent environment for building, running and managing any cloud-native or traditional application, through a software-defined platform that spans private and public cloud environments. It’s a bold claim, but we believe that we have the expertise, track record and capabilities to back it up.
Unveiled at the event were VMware vSphere 6, VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware Virtual SAN 6, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, and vCloud Air Hybrid Networking Services powered by VMware NSX.
vSphere 6 – The Platform for Any Application
At the heart of today’s news is VMware vSphere 6 – a blockbuster product release. To say that lots of time and effort has gone into vSphere 6 doesn’t do it justice. The following numbers help to paint the picture:
- More than 17,000 individuals participated in the beta program. We opened up the vSphere beta program last summer to get as much feedback as possible, and we were blown away by the level of customer interest. This engagement has paid off with the delivery of a rock solid product, with new capabilities we know our customers will love.
- vSphere 6 delivers 650 (!) new innovations, or roughly a new feature or improvement produced by the engineering team every other day for the past three years since the last major release shipped.
- Over 1,500 engineers worked on this release, with a keen focus on making sure we not only delivered valuable and innovative new functionality but also that we continue to improve on the fundamentals such as performance and ease-of-use.
In vSphere 6, the team has delivered a rock-solid platform for running, managing and protecting your business-critical and cloud-native applications with new availability, performance and scalability features.
The new release introduces breakthrough new availability capabilities such as long-distance vMotion enabling businesses to move IT workloads ahead of impending disasters or to conduct data center and application migrations over long distances, such as New York to London. The new Fault Tolerance for Multi-Processor VMs feature with support for up to four vCPUs helps businesses avoid unplanned downtime for a wide range of mission-critical applications. The new Instant Clone technology – previously known as Project Fargo – enables the rapid cloning and provisioning of thousands of virtual machines to deliver infrastructure and scale-out applications in sub-second timeframes. (Read up on Instant Clone in Kit Colbert’s blog post).
Those are just three of the hundreds of new features and enhancements that make vSphere the best platform for virtualizing your applications. (Read the vSphere 6 press release).
VMware Integrated OpenStack
The new VMware Integrated OpenStack highlights our commitment to offer you unmatched choice and flexibility by delivering our own OpenStack distribution including everything needed – code, drivers and workflows – to help you get OpenStack up and running in minutes. VMware Integrated OpenStack allows you to deliver the open APIs that developers want, and runs on top of proven VMware infrastructure that operations trusts. And, the best news is, the distribution is free of charge for anyone running vSphere Enterprise Plus (with an optional support offering). (Read the blog post).
A New Generation of Storage
VMware’s software-defined storage approach is bringing the same operational benefits to storage that server virtualization brought to compute. Built into the vSphere kernel, Virtual SAN is radically simply to deploy and manage. Virtual SAN 6 is optimized for vSphere virtual machines, including business critical applications, featuring four-and-a-half times greater performance via a new all-flash architecture, double the scalability (now up to 64 nodes per cluster), and new data services (snaps and clones).
And, if you like your SAN or NAS systems, you’re going to love VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes. VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes enables native virtual machine awareness on a broad range of third-party storage systems. (Read the press release).
Bridging the Private and Public Cloud
Available via a phased release in 2015, vCloud Air hybrid networking services will enable customers to maintain hundreds of virtual networks spanning the private cloud and vCloud Air over a single WAN connection, and share the same fine-grained “zero trust” security policies and network isolation for applications, unchanged.
Get Started Today
While general availability of the products is coming soon, you can trial some of the newly announced solutions –vSphere 6, Virtual SAN 6, and more – at no charge with Hands-on Labs.
You can also register today for new instructor-led courses on what’s new in vSphere 6, optimizing and scaling vSphere 6, and many more. To learn more and register for upcoming courses, go to VMware Education Services.
Today’s launch marks a proud moment at VMware. We can’t wait to get these products to market to help you address your most pressing IT needs and bridge your on- and off-prem resources seamlessly.