Home > Blogs > VMware Company Blog > Monthly Archives: August 2012

Monthly Archives: August 2012

Life in the Cloud at VMworld 2012


Posted by Jerry Chen
Vice President, Cloud
and Application Services

The energy in the air is palpable here at VMworld 2012. I have attended every VMworld since 2004 in both the US and EMEA and this year is one of the most exciting yet.

Not only because of the innovative technologies and offerings you’ve seen from our Cloud Infrastructure and End User Computing businesses, but because at the heart of this industry wide journey to the cloud is the need to dramatically change the way we build, run, and deliver enterprise applications. Our customers are standardizing on our Cloud Infrastructure to not only reduce costs in their datacenters but also to enable their developers with an agile and scalable platform on which to build new applications. Our End User Computing team is helping define how customers securely deploy these new and existing applications to end users either in a virtual desktop, smart phone or tablet.

As Pat Gelsinger mentioned in Monday’s keynote, VMware has shown great progress with vFabric and Cloud Foundry and is the only company offering an open multi-cloud solution that can leverage the advances of our Software Defined Datacenter, cloud architecture, expertise and ecosystem.

Businesses today require a holistic, new approach for connecting people with the applications and data they need to thrive in the cloud era. Our customers and partners look to us to help them with this and to that end, VMware continues to invest in innovations such as:

  • Cloud Foundry – our open source PaaS project truly enables a multi-cloud platform solution and its commercial availability is heavily anticipated. We recently announced a new release of Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse, which features the ability to open a tunnel to any Cloud Foundry data service. Cloud Foundry was also recently chosen by Intel as their enterprise private PaaS solution.

  • Spring – the most popular application development framework for enterprise Java™, recently announced the 3.0.0 releases of the Spring Tool Suite (STS) and Groovy/Grails Tool Suite (GGTS).

  • vFabric – in Q2 2012 we introduced vFabric Suite 5.1 and vFabric SQLFire Enterprise Edition, an in-memory distributed SQL database that will enable application data to meet cloud scale and performance needs.

We’ve seen a fundamental change in the way our customers are building and running modern applications and the products within the cloud application platform portfolio are designed to address today’s application development needs while providing a path to tomorrow. This is accomplished in three ways:

  • Build and deploy modern applications – bringing the benefits of a virtual infrastructure to the application platform

  • Driving the industry agenda around PaaS with Cloud Foundry

  • Enabling the Data requirements of tomorrow

We’re thrilled with what has been accomplished so far and look forward to what will come.

VMworld 2012 – Extending the Benefits of Virtualization for SMBs

Posted by Russ Stockdale, vice president and general manager, SMB Solutions, VMware

This week in San Francisco more than 20,000 people are coming together to dive into the future of virtualization and cloud computing. And while you might think that VMworld 2012 is all about Enterprise IT… More than 30 percent of the IT pros attending VMworld work for small or midsize businesses.

So, there is no shortage of SMB buzz from the show. Here are a few of my favorite highlights so far…

SMB IT Pros – Change Agents and IT Innovators:  Virtualization is now mainstream amongst SMBs, with companies increasingly focused on finding the best ways to extend the benefits of virtualization to improve IT availability and protect their businesses with enhanced backup / recovery solutions. It is great to see so many SMB IT pros here at VMworld talking about how they are gaining a competitive advantage with their virtualization deployments.

I had a chance to talk with a few of these innovators during the SMB Spotlight Session earlier today:

  • MLB Network launched on January 1, 2009 in approximately 50 million homes as the largest network debut in cable history. And while MLB Network may be a global brand, it is also a classic midsize business with 450 fulltime employees, 14 IT staff and just two VMware specialists. Leveraging VMware vSphere, the MLB Network team built out a highly reliable, agile and resilient IT environment in just a matter of weeks. They started by virtualizing their business critical applications, allowing them to manage a single environment. From there the MLB Network IT team, began creating and virtualizing additional custom applications, creating a more dynamic on air-experience for viewers.

  • Since 1993, Seven Corners has provided protection and professional assistance services to international travelers. With an aging infrastructure, Seven Corners took 144 servers virtual and recently deployed their own virtual private cloud in just 90 days! But they did not stop there… On the desktop side, Seven Corners virtualized using VMware View, and then deployed VMware Horizon to makes their employees’ desktop resources device-independent. It’s now easier for their employees to work anywhere.  As a result of these projects, this year Seven Corners is expecting to lower IT infrastructure costs by $900,000.  Pretty impressive for a company of just 180 people!

  • After escaping the third-most expensive hurricane in U.S. history when Hurricane Ike hit Galveston, Texas, Myron Steves and Company realized quickly how critical implementing a disaster recovery strategy is to their business. Using VMware solutions from its desktops to its servers, Myron Steves virtualized its entire IT infrastructure – including Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Active Directory and the company’s VoIP system and fax software. Within 90 days the company consolidated 72 servers down to eight. As a result, they also eliminated $400,000 in annual costs for third-party disaster recovery service. (Read more about Myron Steves and Company and how they transformed their Small Business IT environment.)

Extending the Benefits of Virtualization for SMBs:  In this morning’s Keynote, Steve Herrod talked a lot about the software-defined datacenter (SDDC). If you missed it, a software-defined datacenter is where all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this datacenter is entirely automated by software.

VMware is making the software-defined datacenter a reality with the VMware vCloud Suite announced today. The vCloud Suite brings together what customers need to build, operate and manage cloud infrastructure – virtualization, software-defined datacenter services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, and applications and operations management.

So, what does this mean for the more than 30 percent of the VMworld audience that work for small or midsize organizations?

Frankly, many of today’s SMBs have similar IT needs. The challenge they face is to do it all with a small team of IT pros. To help our customers meet this challenge, today we announced new VMware vSphere® 5.1 solutions to help small and midsize businesses (SMBs) simplify and protect IT with industry-leading virtualization, business continuity and automated management.

With the release of VMware vSphere 5.1, VMware will significantly extend the capabilities of VMware vSphere Essentials Plus with an update to VMware vSphere Storage Appliance, which transforms servers’ internal storage into a shared storage resource, enabling customers to use advanced VMware vSphere business continuity features such as VMware vMotion and High Availability without shared storage hardware. (Read more about what’s new for SMBs in VMware vSphere 5.1 here and VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1 here.)

We also announced a new release of VMware Go™ Pro, a Cloud-based virtualization deployment and management solution hosted by VMware. VMware Go Pro makes it easier and faster to virtualize, and simpler to manage and optimize a growing infrastructure across virtual and physical machines and software. Cloud-based delivery ensures an “anytime, anywhere” IT management solution since all that a user needs is an Internet connection and a web browser to manage and monitor their entire IT infrastructure.

Topping it all off, we introduced a new VMware vSphere edition – VMware vSphere Standard with Operations Management – which combines the industry’s leading virtualization platform with the capabilities organizations need to simplify IT management and lower operational costs. VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite automates performance and capacity management to proactively ensure the performance of business critical applications. While, VMware vCenter Protect provides centralized patch management and asset inventory management to protect virtual and legacy physical systems.

Our VMware SMB solutions make enterprise-class business continuity and management more accessible to smaller IT teams and single practitioners by reducing the complexity of deploying, operating and securing these systems.

These are just a few of the amazing and inspiring moments for SMBs at VMworld thus far. We will have more news for SMBs on Day 2, as Steve Herrod and Vittorio Viarengo share some of the advancements we have been making in our end-user computing portfolio that will enable the mobile workforce. So, stay tuned for more from VMworld 2012.

Follow the VMware SMB blog or engage with our team on Twitter, Facebook and Spiceworks.

The Software-Defined Datacenter Meets VMworld

Steve_Herrod
Posted by Steve Herrod
Chief Technology Officer

It’s my favorite time of year, again – VMworld! VMware is proud to host its annual conference in San Francisco this week where we get the opportunity to share the company’s vision, strategy and product portfolio with the industry, while interacting with tens of thousands of our best customers and partners. I have the pleasure of keynoting Day 1 and Day 2 of VMworld along with Paul Maritz and Pat Gelsinger.

My talk today on Day 1 focused on the software-defined datacenter (SDDC). A software-defined datacenter is where all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this datacenter is entirely automated by software.

VMware is making the software-defined datacenter a reality with the vCloud Suite announced today. The vCloud Suite brings together what customers need to build, operate and manage cloud infrastructure – virtualization, software-defined datacenter services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, and applications and operations management.

During my keynote, I spoke about the vCloud Suite technologies available today and in the future. Here are some of the highlights:

Software-Defined Compute

  • Customers recognize that vSphere is the best place to run all applications. With the latest release of vSphere 5.1 there are numerous new features and technical enhancements that all applications can benefit from.
  • Monster VM capabilities are back and better than ever! vSphere 5.1 now supports 64 VCPUS and it also is the first to hit record performance numbers – 1.05M IOPS from a single VM. It’s all about I/O, and you can check out our Performance team’s blog to learn more about this awesome benchmark.
  • In addition to today’s applications we are also thinking about future applications. vSphere is an asset to both PaaS environments and Big Data, and  is backbone of VMware’s Open PaaS offering, CloudFoundry. We’re also making Hadoop run well on vSphere, as you’ve heard from our recent announcement of Project Serengeti. For developers thinking about next-generation applications, think about vCloud Suite.

Software-Defined Storage & Availability

  • We’re making storage a first-class citizen in the datacenter. I’ll show a preview of our Virtual SAN Technology, Virtual Volumes and Virtual Flash. At a high-level these efforts let network attached storage better leverage the server resources – and both VMware and our partners are making this possible.
  • On the Availability front, I encourage all SMB attendees to check out Russ Stockdale’s VMworld Spotlight Session where you’ll have a chance to see a tech preview of DR to the Cloud for SMBs.

Software-Defined Networking & Security

  • We’re enabling logical networks to work best in virtual environments, and with the ecosystem. vCloud Security and Networking is paving the way for L2 and L3, and we see real value in how you plug in L4-L7 services into logical networks, automate all this and then pull these services together. This is available now and I’ll demo this capability on stage. For a deeper dive on this area, check out the blog published today by my CTO colleague Allwyn Sequeira.

Management

  • Management wraps all of these software-defined services together! We give our customers the ability to create clouds, deploy applications and pay attention to ongoing operations.
  • vCloud Director 5.1 and vCenter 5.1 feature new enhancements and together make your infrastructure available as Virtual Datacenters. Customers will be pleased to know that the vCloud API is more extensible and can now be used with other clouds.
  • vFabric Application Director can be used to deploy applications via an easy-to-use blueprint and is a key part of the vCloud Suite. vCenter Operations continues to handle the ongoing operations of a dynamic environment within a SDDC.
  • To hear more about managing a SDDC, please read another great blog published today by Kit Colbert, a long-time engineer at VMware.

Multi-cloud

  • We are also making vCloud Connector part of the vCloud Suite in order to address the need for management of hybrid cloud environments. This is particularly timely as our vCloud Datacenter Service Partner list grew today. We welcome T-Systems as the latest to share our hybrid cloud story.
  • We believe standardization across the datacenter is critical if you’re a customer looking for efficiency and reduced complexity. However, we recognize the world has become more heterogeneous and we see a need for open platforms.
  •  We are extending automation and orchestration (via DynamicOps) as well as software-defined networking (via Nicira] to OpenStack, other clouds and even physical infrastructure. 

Innovation

What’s the secret sauce behind a lot of these technologies? VMware Innovation. Innovation is a big focus for the company, especially VMware’s R&D and Office of the CTO. A lot of the cool innovative projects happening at VMware are featured in the Innovation Lounge and in Julia Austin’s Spotlight Session. I encourage attendees to check it out.

A lot going on this week at VMworld 2012! If you aren’t in San Francisco, you can tune into watch my live keynote at VMware NOW or catch the replay afterwards. I’m looking forward to some great conversations with our customers and partners this week.