vCloud and vShield Announcements
VMware announce vCloud Director, vCloud Datacenter Services, VMware vCloud Consulting Services, and three vShield security products.
VMware’s annual VMworld conference is currently underway in San Francisco, and VMware have wasted no time making a slew of product announcements. Six new products have been announced so far: vCloud Director, a portfolio of three vShield security products, vCloud Datacenter Services, and VMware vCloud Consulting Services.
vCloud Director extends the resource pooling capabilities of VMware vSphere, enabling the creation of virtual data centres. These data centres can be offered by IT organisations through automated self-service access. Customers will have the option of extending their data centre capacity to include public clouds.
The VMware vShield portfolio consists of VMware vShield Edge, VMware vShield App, and VMware vShield Endpoint. It comprises a security model designed specifically for virtual and cloud environments.
The vCloud Datacenter Services offering, provides a way for enterprises to extend their data centres to external clouds. This service will be delivered by service providers such as Bluelock, Colt and SingTel. The vCloud Datacenter Services will provide auditable security controls and virtual application security, such as stateful firewall and layer two network isolation.
Finally, VMware vCloud Consulting Services comprises of assessment, planning, design, and deployment services for transforming IT infrastructure. However, VMware haven’t been the only ones making the announcements. NTT America have revealed they are using VMware vCloud Director to offer cloud services to their U.S based enterprise customers. Meanwhile, Application Delivery Networking providers F5 Networks, have announced a new solution for enabling enterprises to augment the capacity of their data centers with exernal cloud resources – sometimes referred to as “cloudbursting.” The solution was developed in collaboration with VMware, and works closely with two other VMware products: VMware vCloudDirector and the VMware vCloud API. It also uses some F5 technologies, including BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager and Local Traffic Manager, and relies on GemStone SQLFabric for distributed synchronisation of database objects between the sites.
NetApp have announced support for VMware vCloud Director software, enabling administrators to automate the creation and deployment of virtual resources for application users.
“VMware is pleased to work with NetApp to enable the evolution of existing virtual environments to a cloud services model that helps organizations meet business needs with greater agility and lower costs,” said Gary Green, vice president of Global Strategic Alliances at VMware. “By integrating VMware vCloud(TM) Director, NetApp is able to extend its shared storage infrastructure and help ease and accelerate our customers’ journey to IT as a service.”
VMworld will run from August 30th to September 2nd, 2010.