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We’re All In with VMware Horizon 6

Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

By Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, we announced VMware Horizon 6, the latest update to our desktop and applications solution that now offers published application delivery along with virtual desktops from a single integrated solution. This announcement represents a major product milestone in VMware’s End-User Computing portfolio as it introduces new capabilities, integrates leading technologies and enables greater efficiency for IT administrators and end-users. There’s been a rapid pace of innovation coming from VMware in the past six months and this announcement is among the latest in industry changing announcements.

To help customers effectively transform their physical desktops to become a service, we focused on three specific areas that required modernization.

  • Production – All applications, personal data and operating systems that are produced by IT need to be agile and predictable so they can be delivered to end-users without any compromise in quality.
  • Delivery – IT needs to be able to deliver enterprise desktops and applications in ways that end-users are consuming them based on their personas. VMware Horizon 6 helps with this by delivering them to virtual desktops so enterprise desktops and applications can be consumed on any device, physical laptops using image synch to support online/offline computing, and personal laptops using a managed container so content can be securely accessed to support BYO PC. This flexibility is key in the mobile-cloud era.
  • Consumption – The desktops and applications delivered as a service needs to have a consistent look at feel across all devices, regardless of how they are delivered. The quality needs to be high otherwise end-users will work around IT and provision consumer services instead. VMware Horizon 6 accomplishes this with a new unified workspace.

As a result, customers who struggle with the complexities of physical desktop and application management will find VMware Horizon 6 to be a comprehensive solution to their problems with the ability to serve all their enterprise applications and desktops, including virtual desktops, physical desktops and BYO PC.

There are over 100 features in this product release with over 2 years of R&D. I am proud of each one of them but will go through the following four major innovations in more depth here:

Virtual Desktops and Applications From A Single Platform

VMware Horizon 6 provides a single platform for desktop and application virtualization with support for RDS hosted desktops and applications. VDI or RDS based desktops along with RDS based apps, SaaS applications, packaged VMware ThinApps and third party virtualized applications such as Citrix XenApp can now all be aggregated in a single unified workspace for all enterprise apps and desktops, making it easier for both end user-user and IT. This new unified workspace provides a consistent experience for IT administrators and end-users across devices, locations, media and connections, and intuitively adapts to smartphones, tablets, Macs and PCs for end-user self-service and automated provisioning. This can save a tremendous amount of time for IT administrators as they can provide access to a pre-determined set of applications based on user groups or department requirements and end-users get to access content and request new applications using an application store with a consumer look and feel. We also realized that this new capability required a new platform that scales out just like a cloud. As a result, we built a cloud-class architecture for running virtual desktops and applications across multiple data centers, on-premise or off-premise. We call this the Cloud Pod Architecture.

Storage Optimization with VMware Virtual SAN

Integration with VMware Virtual SAN optimizes storage and lowers the total cost of ownership. One of the barriers to adoption of on-premise virtual desktops has traditionally been the cost of storage but with VMware vSAN that also complements solutions from VMware’s storage partners, the paradigm completely changes with lower costs and, modernizing desktops and applications becomes a very compelling proposition. More importantly, VMware Virtual SAN is included for free with Horizon 6 Advanced and Enterprise Editions.

Data Center to Device Management and Cloud-Like Automation

IT efficiency is important as the number of desktops and applications grow and VMware Horizon 6 helps with this in two ways. First, it provides end-to-end visibility into your infrastructure so IT administrators can have an enterprise-wide view of their entire virtual enterprise through a single pane of glass. Desktops, servers, storage and networks can now be managed from a single vCenter Operations Manager instance that provides proactive alerts and detailed reports. Second, Horizon 6 provides cloud-like automation to help streamline processes and enable the quick provisioning of virtual desktops. IT administrators can utilize the Horizon vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plugin to delegate and automate granular administrative functions for provisioning, entitlement, refresh, and recycle operations.  Customers can also leverage these workflows for hosted applications or desktops through the vSphere Web Client or by exposing as catalog items with request/approval procedures using vCloud Automation Center. Overall, Horizon 6 offers a holistic view of your entire virtual infrastructure – from data center to device – while also providing cloud-like automation to simplify management.

Hybrid Cloud Delivery

Lastly, hybrid cloud delivery provides customers choice and flexibility of deployment whether they want on-premise virtual desktops, off-premise desktops from a public cloud or a combination of both. It sounds simple but not all solutions are created equal and have this capability. VMware Horizon 6 comes with new Horizon clients for all the major platforms that provide seamless interoperability and experience with Horizon DaaS. End-users can access their applications and desktops from an on-premise or cloud infrastructure without any disruption to service, quality or even knowing where they are being delivered.

Three New Editions of VMware Horizon

All of these new innovations combined make VMware Horizon 6 a leading on-premise desktop and application virtualization solution. Extending the power of virtualization from data center to device, Horizon 6 offers capabilities that are unique in the industry. And as part of this announcement, we’re also making it simpler for customers to adopt virtual desktops and applications with three new editions of VMware Horizon.

  • Horizon View Standard Edition: Delivers simple, high-performance VDI-based virtual desktops with a great user experience
  • Horizon Advanced Edition: Offers the lowest cost solution for virtual desktop and application management, optimized storage with VMware Virtual SAN, image management and a unified workspace that supports hosted desktops and applications.
  • Horizon Enterprise Edition: Delivers a cloud-ready solution for virtual desktops and applications with advanced cloud automation and management capabilities for hybrid cloud flexibility.

Over the last two years, the market has innovated to drive down the capital cost of virtual desktops and unlock latent demand from organizations of all sizes. Our ecosystem of partners has been at the vanguard of this, releasing a range of storage appliances that deliver significant cost savings through tiered storage approaches. This is exactly how markets and partnerships should work.

Rapid Pace of Innovation From VMware

Again, looking at the past six months, there has been a rapid pace of innovation coming from VMware End-User Computing that has left an indelible imprint on the industry with the acquisition of DaaS leader, Desktone in October, signing a deal to help power Cisco’s DaaS offering in December, luring away talent from the competition and signing a check for a $1.5B acquisition of MDM leader, AirWatch in January, inking a deal with Google to deliver virtual desktops on Chromebooks in February, and beating Amazon to-market  by launching VMware Horizon DaaS and bringing 3D graphics to DaaS with NVIDA in March. With today’s announcement of VMware Horizon 6, customers have a very compelling solution for modernizing desktops and applications that competitors will find difficult to match.

And as VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger puts it in this video, VMware is all in on EUC and the desktop.

Watch The Horizon 6 Launch Event Live

Last but certainly not least, VMware will be hosting a virtual launch event that everyone is welcomed to join and watch. It will include remarks from me, Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM of End-User Computing, and Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, along with executives from VMware partners and customers.  In addition, we will be showing a live demo of Horizon 6 so if you want to see what all the new innovations look like, make sure to register for the event.

For More On Horizon 6

For more detailed information on how Horizon 6 uses application remoting (including cloud pod architecture), storage optimization through Virtual SAN, management and automation, and hybrid cloud delivery, visit the VMware End-User Computing product blog.

You can also read an overview of the news by Erik Frieberg, vice president of product marketing for EUC and get additional insight from Kit Colbert, CTO of EUC.

The Future of IT is Software-Defined

Why the Software-Defined Data Center is a Nexus of Business Possibility

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

By Pat Gelsinger

The $2 trillion Information Technology industry is in the early stages of a tectonic shift, as we transition from the previous Client-Server platform to the Mobile Cloud era. For the first time in history, we’re seeing dramatic changes driven by both the consumer and enterprise worlds. In many ways, everything is up in the air. At this critical juncture, the demands on IT are greater than ever. Whether you’re an individual consumer or a business leader, you want essentially the same thing: instantaneous access to the apps and data you care about, without hassles or hiccups, and with confidence and compliance.

As we make this massive shift from the PCs and servers of old to the Mobile Cloud era, we’re experiencing a fundamental restructuring of how IT value gets created and consumed. Simply put, software has usurped hardware as the place where value resides. This is driven largely by well-established laws of technology: software can be quickly adapted, programmed and automated. By contrast, hardware is inflexible, labor-intensive and specialized. As a guy who spent 30+ years in the hardware world, this is a difficult fact to acknowledge – yet it’s undeniable.

To wit, we have entered the age of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). The SDDC is a data center where everything has been virtualized and infrastructure can be delivered as software on demand. This software-defined approach will become the model for every leading data center in the world because it represents a radical and powerful change agent for the enterprise. At its core, the SDDC empowers IT to move at the speed of the business, by rapidly delivering apps and services as they are needed.

The technical argument for the Software-Defined Data Center is airtight: Virtualize all components, abstract the functionality, pool the resources and automate the processes. In this model, hardware becomes increasingly invisible – seen solely through a layer of dynamic, scalable and agile software. Many of the core elements of this approach have been pioneered by companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. But while they’ve accomplished a great deal, their implementations have been specifically designed for their specialized environments. Now is the time for us, as an industry, to take these valuable learnings and apply the software-defined approach for the benefit of all businesses – and all the millions of applications that power our economy.

Next Step: Virtualize Your Network

Compute virtualization was just the opening act of the SDDC story. According to VMware’s analysis, by virtualizing roughly 70 percent of our customers’ compute workloads over the past decade, businesses saved billions of dollars and in the process, they accomplished something else: They made it easy to spin up new applications in literally seconds. This, in turn, exposed a frustrating reality: As app provisioning has sped up exponentially, we have discovered that the operating model of the network is simply not equipped to keep pace. In fact, the network is now a barrier to achieving the full benefits of virtualization, because the movement of all of these dynamic apps is now severely constrained by the limitations of the physical network. The fact is today’s network is operationally intensive, requiring significant manual intervention and vendor-specific expertise at every turn.

The answer to this challenge is to virtualize your network. This represents the next chapter in our industry’s inevitable move to a software-defined approach to IT.  Network virtualization takes the fast and fluid operational model of a virtual machine (VM) and extends that across your network. It advances networking with new levels of automation, programmability, and management by leveraging the power of software. Network virtualization also transforms the economics of networking within the data center by reducing the need for costly, proprietary networking hardware. As we build virtual networks we are strengthening the foundations of the hybrid cloud, which gives businesses the ability to move valuable apps and data seamlessly between public and private cloud environments.

Charting the Course to a Software-Defined Future 

Modern business is here today. It’s global, competitive, collaborative, and extremely dynamic.  But too often, the technology infrastructure supporting these businesses is limping along – slow, inefficient, brittle, and generally incapable of keeping up. The best companies in the world are charting a path to a software-oriented model of IT where infrastructure drives strategic advantage. IT professionals with the courage to embrace this new reality – and let go of the hardware-centric models of the past – will change the landscape of business forever. The future is bright. Let’s move forward.

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VMware Delivers VMware Horizon DaaS

By Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, I’m excited to announce the arrival of VMware Horizon DaaS, a new cloud-based desktop service that delivers cost-effective enterprise-class virtual desktops running on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. I am confident that this new service is going to change the way customers look at desktop and application delivery for enterprise desktop computing and let me explain why.

As you’ve heard us say before, end-users want access to corporate content – from anywhere, at anytime and using any device. Progressive companies are looking for ways to embrace this new way to work and use it as a way to attract/retain talent or increase productivity among their mobile workforce. But managing and supporting traditional physical desktops to support this new work reality is expensive on many levels. Many customers have started with virtual desktops and applications and have found the concept interesting but have had challenges with costs, complexity and predictability.

VMware Horizon DaaS running on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is a game changer in that it enables customers to quickly deploy full Windows client desktops and applications, and deliver them through the cloud. Most importantly, this can be accomplished at a predictable and low price point of roughly $1 per day.

In addition, the service offers the industry’s first hybrid DaaS service providing customers with the ability to blend public cloud desktops and on-premise VMware Horizon View private cloud desktops for a seamless end-user experience. Following just a few simple steps, IT can provision, deploy and manage high quality, virtual desktops and applications to end-users that can be accessed from laptops, desktops, zero/thin clients, Chromebooks, and mobile devices.

This cloud delivery model has several benefits that customers will quickly realize including:

  1. Predictability: Organizations can move from a CAPEX to OPEX budget with consistent low cost monthly payments
  2. Ease of deployment: With a just few clicks, IT administrators can provision virtual desktops to any number of employees and let the VMware cloud experts manage the infrastructure
  3. Flexibility: Increase or decrease users on-demand depending on your changing needs

VMware Horizon DaaS is also unique compared to other vendor offerings in several ways.

First, it is the only DaaS solution that enables Hybrid DaaS. Customers can combine VMware Horizon DaaS and Horizon View, and create a seamless experience for their users, and get the right blend of cloud or on-premise deployment based on their needs.

Horizon Daas

Second, we offer full Windows desktops (Win 7/8) and other options including Windows server and RDS based desktops, compared to other DaaS providers’ offerings that are limited to bare metal Windows server and RDS desktops. With VMware’s offering, customers get the benefit of continuing to use their existing tools and best practices with our DaaS service instead of having to retool them for server  and RDS desktops.

Third, VMware Horizon DaaS is built on the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, a platform that enables customers to extend the same, industry leading applications, networking, management, operations and tools across both on-premise and off-premise environments. By leveraging vCloud Hybrid Service and Horizon DaaS, customers can deploy and manage their infrastructure and desktops through VMware and realize all of the benefits of the cloud for their infrastructure and enterprise desktops.

Lastly, we have an ever-expanding network of leading technology, service provider, channel and reseller partners that are building upon our solution to deliver a tailored service to their customers. With notable partners such as Google, Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu and Navisite, just to name a few, customers can provision DaaS from VMware through their cloud provider of choice.

VMware is committed to building synergies across our portfolio so customers can realize the combined benefits of our products, and our hybrid DaaS is a great example of this – tying vCHS, EUC and SDDC technologies together. There is still more to VMware Horizon DaaS that I haven’t covered yet so please read the announcement and the blog post by Dave Grant, senior director of product marketing for DaaS at VMware, to learn more.

The Fastest Path to Cloud: VMware Announces vCloud® Government Service for U.S. Public Sector

By Angelos Kottas, Director, Product Marketing, Hybrid Cloud Services at VMware

Today, I’m pleased to announce that VMware’s hybrid cloud team has bid to secure FedRAMP Authority to Operate for a new enterprise hybrid cloud service offering, VMware vCloud® Government Service provided by Carpathia™. VMware is expanding its partnership with Carpathia Hosting, a trusted cloud operator and leading provider of cloud services and managed hosting for government agencies, to jointly bring this service to market.

What is FedRAMP and why is it important? FedRAMP, which stands for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, is a standardized approach to cloud security assessments, authorization and monitoring that is designed to save the government money, time and staff by eliminating redundant agency security assessments. Through FedRAMP’s leveraged security authorizations, federal agencies can also drastically reduce the time it takes to adopt new IT capabilities.

Government agencies are looking to leverage the public cloud while maintaining security and data protection that meets a broad range of regulations, standards and best practices. In a search to find the fastest path to cloud while maintaining security and compliance, government agencies have sought solutions to help manage IT infrastructure, as well as new and legacy applications since the Administration’s Cloud First mandate of 2010.

VMware vCloud Government Service is an enterprise-class hybrid cloud service targeting the needs of U.S. Federal government customers while following the same hybrid cloud architecture as VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™.  The service is designed to run legacy and new applications in exactly the same way, enabling government organizations to focus on leveraging the benefits of the cloud to their mission, rather than re-architecting for new infrastructure. Federal organizations can securely extend their data centers to the cloud quickly and confidently, using an integrated cloud infrastructure with the security of FedRAMP authorization.

This expanded partnership will combine VMware’s award-winning vSphere® technology, which is already used by the majority of Federal agencies to optimize and manage their data centers, with Carpathia’s extensive experience delivering compliant solutions for government agencies to provide the security and compliance assurance of FedRAMP authorization and bring innovation to the government in this area.

Since VMware has helped Federal agencies optimize and manage their data center infrastructure for over 14 years, we see this new partnership as a natural extension of not only our core business, but also of what so many Federal agencies are already doing. VMware is committed to empowering these agencies to use the cloud to meet their line of business and mission requirements rapidly, easily and confidently.

VMware vCloud Government Service is expected to be generally available in H2 2014. 

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VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ Now Generally Available in Europe

By Gavin Jackson, Vice President & General Manager, Cloud Services EMEA

Vice President & General Manager, Cloud Services EMEA

Following the announcement at VMworld Europe back in October 2013, today I am proud to announce the launch of VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ (vCHS) in Europe, with our first service based in the UK.

This marks the beginning of a wider rollout of VMware vCHS across key European locations through 2014 and beyond, extending our service from existing US datacenters.  And the beginning of an exciting new journey for us here at VMware in Europe.

We’ve heard a very clear message from our customers in Europe.  And the strategy announced today is aimed at supporting those 1000’s of organizations that have VMware based internal clouds, who want to transition to using an extension of that environment in a public cloud.  A true hybrid cloud strategy delivers the security, governance and management customers have come to expect of the private cloud, with the agility, speed and economics of public cloud.

By becoming the first to provide our customers with this new option, I believe there are two things that make VMware’s approach stand apart from early cloud ventures:

First, our customers want to be able to seamlessly extend their private clouds into the public cloud using the platform they know and trust. Yet 81 percent of customers recognize the need to make public cloud as easy to manage and control as their own infrastructure#Using the same roles, responsibilities, knowledge and experience, as currently exist in the private cloud, will make transitioning to the public cloud a natural evolution, rather than a painful revolution.

Second, we recognize the need to help our customers with their local privacy and sovereignty requirements, by offering them choice in where workloads and data are hosted.  For example, a recent survey showed that 86 percent of our UK customers recognize the need to keep business critical data within UK borders. So VMware is overcoming this barrier by developing a globally scaled cloud platform, delivered locally and under local legal terms and conditions.

VMware is ready to support customers on this transition to capitalize on the growing cloud trend, while supporting IT with the rigor and management it needs. There are 5,700 applications already available, ready to run without changes on vCHS and likewise support for 90 operating systems – more than any other provider. We’ve had customers already show us their intent, with a very successful Beta program highlighting a variety of use cases:

  • Using hybrid cloud to migrate packaged applications already running in internal clouds
  • Using hybrid cloud to run pre-production test and development cycles, before deploying on or off premise
  • Extending private cloud to public cloud to satisfy disaster recovery requirements

Biomni is one of these customers; hear what Angus Gregory, Biomni’s CEO, had to say about the experience: http://youtu.be/HsdFFahb4NQ

We look forward to supporting our customers’ next steps on the hybrid cloud journey!

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Journey To Cloud-Based Desktops and Apps – VMware Partner Exchange 2014

Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMwareSumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

What a great week it has been as many of us at VMware had the opportunity to spend quality time with more than 4,000 partners at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2014. There was certainly excitement in the air as VMware and its partners looked to the many opportunities that lie ahead, especially with our End-User Computing (EUC) vision gaining momentum. The news coming out of Partner Exchange is instrumental in enabling VMware to deliver a secure virtual workspace that allows end-users to work at the speed of life.

VMware continues to expand its commitment to the desktop business with innovations in technology, products, alliances and programs at the show. This week was a major milestone for EUC with several key announcements made. Here are a few highlights:

Google and VMware Join Forces

Google and VMware are working together to modernize corporate desktops for the mobile-cloud era by providing businesses with secure, cloud access to Windows applications, data and desktops on Google Chromebooks. Together, we can enable users to use Google Chromebooks and Google Chromebox to access all their corporate content from the web/cloud, including a full Windows desktop and applications delivered from on-premise/private cloud or public cloud via the VMware Horizon DaaS platform. This means customers can truly adopt the mobile-cloud using cloud-based devices for users with no end point management and cloud-based services including Windows desktops and apps.

Expanded Partnership with F5 Networks

F5 Networks is bringing to market new versions of F5’s BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM®) that have been tailor-made to deliver secure access and optimized performance for VMware Horizon View. Available in a range of throughput and concurrent user options, these new offerings cost-effectively add secure access technologies to Horizon View. In addition, F5 is introducing a dedicated iApp and reference architecture to significantly speed deployments and provide prescriptive guidance.

Continued Innovation in Lowering Storage Costs With VMware Virtual SAN

We continue to drive innovation in lowering storage costs with the expected availability of VMware Virtual SAN in Q1 2014. Currently in public beta, it has already garnered broad eco-system support with more than 150 hardware servers and devices from 12 partners. Virtual SAN is a cornerstone technology in VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) strategy. Virtual SAN will addresses some of the most important historical challenges associated with VDI, enabling customers to achieve new standards of cost savings and performance while leveraging the existing storage infrastructure in their data center; driving broader adoption of VDI. In the next few weeks, we will share more specific performance details. We are really excited as we are seeing extremely strong performance benchmarks that we think will reset the price/performance equation for VDI.

Industry’s first end-to-end software platform for DaaS cloud

Earlier this week, we announced the release of VMware Horizon DaaS Platform, an end-to-end software platform for service providers to build their own DaaS clouds. VMware Horizon DaaS Platform integrates our secure multi-tenant broker and orchestrator (Desktone), virtual desktop delivery and end user experience (Horizon View) and virtualization platform (vSphere) that partners can get using our VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP). Now, partners can build their own DaaS cloud using all the required software infrastructure and licensing programs with VMware.

EUC Partner Eco-System Continues to Innovate

In addition to these announcements, we also see a vibrant partner ecosystem contributing to the end-user market, with Nexenta, Fusion-io and NetApp all highlighting solutions that provider lower TCO and better performance for our customers. Our open framework with Horizon View enables our partners to extend the solution stack and offer our partners new innovation rapidly.

All of these milestones complement an exciting end to 2013, where we saw great customer adoption of our desktop solutions. We’d like to thank our partners for a great 2013 but more importantly, thank them for the continued energy and excitement they are bringing to the year ahead.

Did you attend VMware Partner Exchange? What did you think about the event and the announcements from the End-User Computing group? Please share your feedback in the “Comments” section below.

You can also read more about the announcements made this week around DaaS, storage and secure access control for VDI on the VMware EUC product blog.

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VMware Virtual SAN Attracts Industry Support

By Alberto Farronato, director of product marketing, Storage and AvailabilityVSAN attracts industry support

Since being unveiled at VMworld 2013 San Francisco, VMware Virtual SAN, VMware’s hypervisor-converged storage software, has generated strong interest and enthusiasm from the community. To date, more than 10,000 have registered for the VMware Virtual SAN public beta.

That excitement extends to our partner ecosystem. Today at VMware Partner Exchange 2014 in San Francisco, we announced the initial 12 partners that are certifying their wares with Virtual SAN. More than 150 components from EMC, HGST, a Western Digital company, Intel, Fusion-io, LSI, Samsung Electronics, SanDisk and Seagate as well as major server platforms from Cisco, Dell, HP and IBM will be certified with Virtual SAN by general availability (GA) – which is expected in Q1 2014.

With the help of our partners, customers will have two options for deploying Virtual SAN:

  • VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes – pre-configured servers that ease procurement; and,
  • Component-based hardware compatibility list – a comprehensive product guide that enables customers to pick the certified components (including I/O controllers, HDDs and SSDs) of their choice.

At GA, it is expected that Cisco, Dell, and IBM will provide VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes. Additionally, it is expected that Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel, Fusion-io and SanDisk will offer Reference Architectures for Virtual SAN.

Enterprise Performance and Scalability

A driving factor in the popularity of the Virtual SAN public beta has been the performance participants have achieved in testing. Today at VMware Partner Exchange 2014, VMware CTO Ben Fathi shared new performance benchmark and scalability details during his general session presentation on “Building the Data Center of the Future.”

Ben highlighted Virtual SAN’s ability to deliver high performance with linear scalability. Internal benchmarks have exceeded targets and show that Virtual SAN performs up to 915,000 IOPS on a 16 node cluster with less than 10 percent of CPU overhead. Ben also announced that Virtual SAN will feature support for 16 node clusters at GA.

We’re thrilled with the interest in and support for Virtual SAN. If you have yet to test Virtual SAN, give it a spin by registering for the public beta at: http://www.vsanbeta.com

If you want to learn more about Virtual SAN, attend our online event. Register at: http://www.vmware.com/now.html

For more details on today’s Virtual SAN ecosystem news, read the press release