Apps for the Virtual Environment

By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 2008-06-02 Print this article Print


So, are applications being built and designed to operate in the virtual environment?

Some of the ISVs that [create] functionality for those applications are building to the APIs to maybe give security to the applications. What that means is that when someone builds an application, [the application doesn't have to have its own] high availability or security, and so forth. [The developers] can just concentrate on the business.

If this addresses security, what about virtual sprawl?

That's what we have with our suite of automation products around software life cycle. You can let people self-provision, but you can assign roles and permission and expiration, and you can impose all kinds of policies around these machines.

Are these the issues you hear about from customers-concerns in the areas of security and sprawl?

We haven't heard that from our customers. It's more been from other vendors that have an interest in talking about it that way. But we have always seen it as a huge opportunity.

In fact, Mendel [Rosenblum, chief scientist at VMware,] does a lot of research into security and virtualization at Stanford, and we have always seen the opportunity that virtualization offers in a more secure, new and powerful way. We are now finally realizing that in ways that customers can take advantage of.

What does VMware have to do to stay competitive when companies such as Oracle, Microsoft and Citrix Systems are now heavily involved and investing in new virtualization technologies?

We have been expecting people to come into this market for some time because it's a transformation in the industry. We have the most reliable, the most functional, the best hypervisor-ESX Server. We have system infrastructure around that for high availability, disaster recovery, backup, load balancing and serviceability. And now we are launching our automation and management products.

Read more here about protecting virtual environments. 

This isn't just about data transformation; this is about the transformation of the software industry. So, when the software industry is transforming, there's a lot of opportunity for VMware to broaden our product line, and we can pay attention to the application infrastructure.

We are innovating-moving the products forward-and it's a pretty strong road map. And that road map will continue to get broader as well as deeper, but we are also expanding our partnerships. ...

We have a really secure desktop product, and we are moving that into our hosted desktop product. ... Next, we will be bringing out some new technologies around scalable image management. Everyone always says, "The desktop? How come now?" Everybody has been trying to do it for years. Well, this new technology that we will be deploying lets you run online and offline, so it lets you check your virtual machine out and then check back in.

People want a server-hosted desktop for manageability and security, but they don't want a server-managed desktop because they want autonomy and they want their desktop with them. We offer the best of both worlds, and it's a complete desktop environment-everything works.

We also have application virtualization, which helps manage the applications with the desktop.

Since 1996, Eric Lundquist has been Editor in Chief of eWEEK, which includes domestic, international and online editions. As eWEEK's EIC, Lundquist oversees a staff of nearly 40 editors, reporters and Labs analysts covering product, services and companies in the high-technology community. He is a frequent speaker at industry gatherings and user events and sits on numerous advisory boards. Eric writes the popular weekly column, 'Up Front,' and he is a confidant of eWEEK's Spencer F. Katt gossip columnist.

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