The Monday morning keynote at VMworld is typically the launch pad from which VMware announces new efforts, as well as product updates and releases, and this year has brought much the same. With much fanfare, VMware today announced a slew of product updates, as well as new products and services. Without any further ado, let’s dive in:
- VMware vSphere 5.5 – They major focus here is around a doubling of compute capabilities, further enabling businesses to virtualize tier-1 and business-critical applications. Furthering the virtualization of such applications even further is the announcement of greater than 2TB VMFS datastores (62TB!), which has been needed for some time.
VMware vCloud Director 5.5 – Most of the new features of vCloud Director 5.5 are operational in nature or improvements in the GUI that had been lacking in previous versions. Some things that stand out to me are:
- Configuration of VM CPU, disk, and network
- Customization of hardware settings during vApp deployment
- OVF import and export
- Content catalog enhancements
VMware NSX – Since the purchase of Nicira for $1.25B back in 2012, we’ve been waiting for a major software-defined networking release based on Nicira technology. Now, we finally have it (well, at least we will in a few months (4Q13)). There’s a lot to cover here, so we’ll just hit the high notes (notes cribbed from VMware Office of the CTO Blog):
- Logical switching and routing – Major improvement over vCloud Networking and Security 5.1
- Bridging to physical – integration with the physical network using the NSX controller and help from partners
- Distributed firewall – stateful firewall, allows for integration of partner devices
- Logical Edge Services – Also a major improvement over vCNS 5.1, full support for dynamic routing protocols, VPNs, load balancers, and IP services
- VMware VSAN – VSAN is VMware’s opening gambit into the world of software-defined storage solutions. It allows the user to take local disk, with a minimum of one SSD and one HDD in at least three nodes in a VSAN cluster, and present it as a unified block datastore to all of the hosts in the VSAN cluster. It utilizes the SSDs as read cache, while using the HDD as its mass storage component. Also, while VSAN was announced today, it is in public beta and will not be released until the first half of next year (2014).
- vCloud Hybrid Service – VMware’s foray into the world of Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers has now become generally available for public consumption. VMware seems to be positioning vCHS as a one-stop shop for all of your VMware vCloud needs, surprisingly including Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service and Desktop-as-a-Service in their initial offerings. Also announced was an expansion of the strategic partnership between VMware and Pivotal with the announcement of Pivotal CF, a Cloud Foundry-based Platform-as-a-Service offering, which would be hosted on vCHS.
That’s it for today! Check back tomorrow for another recap of the day’s happenings.