This week in VMware news, Bill Fathers and the vCloud Hybrid Service team announced a new solution – VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery (DR). For far too long, enterprise-class IT business continuance and disaster recovery solutions have been out of reach for mid-size businesses. The new solution not only address this issue but can also drastically change the economics of IT disaster recovery.
In news from around the industry this week, the vCloud Hybrid Service – DR launch garnered lots of buzz. Maria Deutscher of SiliconAngle covers the launch in her article, “VMware targets chink in Amazon’s armor with hybrid disaster recovery service.” Deutscher writes, “Enter VMware, which today is grabbing the opportunity to play the role of white knight with a new service that aims to take the hassle out of business continuously—at a fraction of the cost of traditional on-premise solutions.”
ZDNet’s Rachel King also discusses VMware’s DR launch, detailing, “Along with the usual promised benefits of all things cloud (cheaper rates, fewer setup requirements), the self-managed solution is touted to provide a continuously available recovery site, repeatedly replicating virtual machines to VMware datacenters via the vCloud hybrid infrastructure.”
Charlie Babcock of InformationWeek reports on the launch in his article, “VMware Offers Disaster Recovery As A Service.” He writes, “For VMware customers, it will offer an integrated way to implement disaster recovery for business-critical virtualized systems without needing to contract for a physical recovery site or buy VMware’s vCenter Site Recovery Manager.”
CRN’s Kevin McLaughlin reports on how VMware is “spicing up its public cloud with new disaster-recovery-as-a-service.” McLaughlin quotes VMware’s Mathew Lodge: “the low cost of the VMware service could enable [most enterprises] to protect a wider range of apps.”
Forbes contributor Kurt Marko highlights a discussion he facilitated with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger in which the two discuss the cloud market in the enterprise. In the first piece of a two-part Q&A (“Creating the Enterprise Cloud”), Marko writes, “Talk to Gelsinger as I did in an exclusive interview after he delivered a keynote address at the annual Interop conference and you can sense both his passion for [the software-defined data center] and depth of involvement. This Stanford-educated engineer who once ran x86 development projects for Intel is clearly no hands-off financial manager, as evidenced by his deep understanding of the technology and the business problems it addresses. Read on and you’ll see.” In part two of the Q&A (“The Business Case for Enterprise Cloudification”), Marko and Gelsinger focus on the business case for enterprise cloud and C-level receptivity to the SDDC message.
VMware’s Tom Corn describes the “Goldilocks Zone” theory in Data Center Knowledge. Corn writes, “Throughout the history of IT, security has always been both important and challenging, but never more so than now.” He goes on to describe how the “Goldilocks Zone” provides near ubiquitous security coverage.
Virtuwise’s Angelo Luciani provides a thorough analysis of VMware’s Horizon Desktop-as-a-Service that was launched in March. In “First look – VMware Horizon DaaS,” Luciani writes, “Overall the user experience was very good, and the desktop was very responsive… Its also great to see that you can extend your Active Directory to Cloud-hosted desktops.”
John Rath of Data Center Knowledge reports on the launch of Horizon 6: “With a variety of laptops, tablets, smartphones and an array of other employee-owned devices putting pressure on IT departments, VMware comes to the rescue with the release of VMware Horizon 6, an integrated solution that delivers published applications and desktops on a single platform.”
The expansion of the partnership between VMware and Juniper to further improve their joint network virtualization experiences for cloud services was the topic of an article by The VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli. Cusanelli reports, “the expanded partnership will see both companies devoting more engineering resources to jointly develop network virtualization solutions and build collaborative engineering teams for key areas of development.”
Lastly, The Register’s Simon Sharwood discusses VMware’s plans to begin invite-only NSX training. Sharwood writes, “VMware this week quietly started a different sort of training on NSX. Detailed here by ‘virtualization whisperer’ Chris Wahl and in this post by Jason Nash, CTO at cloud mobility and security outfit Varrow, the course is ‘a new expert-level certification’ focused on NSX.”
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