Welcome to the vCloud

By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 2008-09-15 Print this article Print


At the same time, VMware will offer a set of tools for third-part hosting providers under a plan called vCloud. This allows service providers, such as Verizon, to offer cloud services, while allowing an enterprise to federate with an external cloud. For example, a business can move an application over to a hosting provider, let it sit in that external data center for some length of time and then bring that application back into the internal data center.

What ultimately VMware is attempting to offer, according to Balkansky, is to allow enterprises to build data centers that resemble those being built by Google and Amazon.

To build out these capabilities and to emulate Google's data center infrastructure, VMware is promising to bring out a host of new features that will be integrated both into the Virtual Infrastructure suite and its management console formerly called VirtualCenter and now dubbed vCenter.

Some these new features include VMware Fault Tolerance, which will create a spare copy of a virtual machine and will use that VM if the hardware fails. VMware is also offering VMsafe, which will stop viruses and malware. To create VMsafe, VMware opened up some of its APIs to third-party security vendors such as McAfee and Symantec and let them create the security components.

Another feature called VMware vApp uses the Open Virtual Machine format that encapsulates all the various parts of a multitier application. It also allows the owner of that application to set policies and then keep track of that application within the data center.

With vCenter, VMware plans to incorporate some existing life cycle management features, such as Lab Manager and Stage Manager, with new features to allow IT departments to better monitor and control the cloud infrastructures they create.

On the desktop side, VMware is looking to expand beyond its current offering, which falls under the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, into a new category called VMware View, which will allow an IT department to deliver applications to a range of devices beyond a desktop to a laptop or another mobile device. All of these applications will be delivered and managed from a common platform and interface.

The VMware View suite will also give users the ability to have an offline mode that will allow a device to sync back when there is a network connection, said Jeff Jennings, vice president of Desktop Products and Solutions for VMware.


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