As 2010 winds down and we look forward to 2011 it is clear that management of virtualized and cloud environments is at an inflection point. This is as true for customers as it is for us at VMware and the broader industry. Management is essential to the cloud and to enabling IT to operate more like a service provider to the business. This year we passed a “tipping point,” with more virtual machines deployed than physical servers. Managing these growing virtual environments is critical for customers as they accelerate towards standardizing on virtual infrastructure. This is especially true when deploying self-service private clouds, as this new model requires management to be much more automated than is possible with current approaches.
At VMware we are accelerating our focus on management, and we achieved several key milestones in 2010:
We established a separate business unit focused exclusively on management, which reflects both customer priorities and VMware’s commitment to provide the best management solutions for virtual and cloud environments.
We acquired several key assets from EMC and Integrien to build out our management portfolio in key areas critical to expanding virtual environments and the cloud, including configuration and compliance, service management, and application discovery and performance management. These new offerings are now available as VMware products and will serve as a foundation for a new generation of management solutions purpose-built for dynamic environments.
We evolved our existing product offerings including new releases of Chargeback, AppSpeed,Site Recovery Manager and CapacityIQ. The recent release of CapacityIQ 1.5 expands the trending and forecasting to storage, which critical in virtualized environments. Administrators can pinpoint capacity bottlenecks deep down in the stack, helping avoid outages and keeping virtual “IT factory” production line running smoothly. Unlike traditional capacity management methods and tools, CapacityIQ is optimized for a dynamic environment and specifically the vSphere platform with its many advanced features.
We introduced vCloud Director and vCloud Request Manager, which provide the foundation for abstracting vSphere environments into secure Virtual Datacenters for self-service provisioning with governance and control. These products allow IT to partition resources for multiple tenants, standardize service offerings, and ensure control over self-service with multi-level approvals, automated license tracking and “blueprints”.
Looking Forward to 2011 and Beyond
As exciting as 2010 was, 2011 promises to be even more exciting in the area of management! I won’t steal the thunder of our PR department…but we have significant new releases planned, which will further establish the foundation for a more dynamic model of management that allows customers to build and operate private clouds and to keep up with accelerating business demands. Our aspiration at VMware is to dramatically simplify and streamline management. For customers, whether they are simply trying to manage a growing population of VMs or striving to reinvent how IT services are delivered to the business, this goal is essential. Management needs to evolve from the approaches of the past to respond to the current pressures on IT and to deliver the IT model of the future, so stay tuned and buckle your seat belt!
–Rob Smoot, Director Product Marketing