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VMware has unveiled new products and services that the company says will help IT departments speed up adoption of a software-defined data center architecture and to take advantage of advanced virtualization in areas such as networking and security, storage and availability, and management and automation.
The new products include VMware NSX, a network virtualization platform that the company says will deliver the entire networking and security model in software, decoupled from networking hardware. Also new is VMware Virtual SAN, a technology that extends VMware vSphere to pool compute and direct-attached storage. VMware says Virtual SAN will deliver a virtual data plane that clusters server disks and flash to create high-performance, resilient shared storage designed for virtual machines.
VMware also introduced an update to vCloud Suite, version 5.5, which features new and enhanced product functionality as well as broad product integrations. The VMware vCloud Suite will enable customers to build and operate a vSphere-based private cloud using the software-defined data center architecture, providing virtualized infrastructure services with built-in intelligence to automate on-demand provisioning, placement, configuration and control of applications based on policies, the company said. It's designed to simplify IT operations while delivering the best SLAs for all applications.
The fourth announcement is the update of VMware vSphere with Operations Management. Introduced in February 2013, VMware vSphere with Operations Management combines the vSphere virtualization platform with insight to workload capacity and health. The solution enables customers to optimize their environment through integrated capacity planning while proactively monitoring and maintaining overall performance of their environment. VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5 will take advantage of VMware vSphere 5.5 to provide customers with the best platform for all their applications and workloads, the company said.
VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 and VMware vSphere with Operations Management are expected to be available before the third quarter is over. vCloud Suite 5.5 is licensed per processor with prices starting at $4,995 per processor.
“With today’s news, VMware is further empowering IT to help organizations become more agile, responsive and profitable," said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president, cloud infrastructure and management, VMware.
VMware made the announcements at its VMworld event in San Francisco.
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