VMware Intros New Solutions, Teams With AT&T, HP

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VMworld 2014 — Monday was a busy one for VMware at its VMworld event in San Francisco.

For starters, the company announced new virtualization, cloud management and integrated OpenStack solutions that it says dramatically advance VMware’s portfolio for implementing a software-defined data center and supporting the dynamic needs of businesses.

The innovations expand customer choice by supporting open frameworks, as well as hybrid cloud environments based on VMware and non-VMware technologies. With a software-defined data center, VMware says organizations can reduce CapEx by up to 31 percent with name-brand, industry-standard hardware, and 49 percent using commercial, off-the-shelf hardware. Staff productivity can be improved by 100 percent or more in environments employing IT as a Service, VMware added.

“In an ever changing business environment, IT leaders need to have confidence that they can be brave and act with conviction in response to market opportunities,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “Empowered by software-defined technologies, businesses are now able to move with dramatic speed. This ability to drive real impact has made the software-defined data center mainstream among leading businesses. VMware continues to innovate making the software-defined data center more open, secure and agile.”

Among the new solutions are Integrated OpenStack, NSX 6.1, vRealize Suite, vRealize Air Automation and vCloud Suite 5.8. More information on each solution, including pricing and availability, is available here.

Also new from VMware is EVO: RAIL, a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that helps customers streamline the deployment and scale out of software-defined IT infrastructure at “the speed of business.” VMware calls EVO: RAIL the first solution in a family of hyper-converged infrastructure offerings from VMware. In conjunction with Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, Net One Systems Co. and Supermicro, VMware says it is streamlining the purchase and deployment of this hyper-converged infrastructure appliance.

VMware announced multiple new and expanded partnerships at VMworld on Monday. One is with HP. The companies have expanded their relationship to help customers gain competitive advantage by adopting the software-defined data center and hybrid cloud. This includes the general availability of both the standalone HP-VMware networking solution, as well as the solution delivered as part of HP Converged Systems. The companies also announced HP Helion OpenStack will support enterprise-class VMware virtualization technologies. Together, these collaborative efforts are designed to help simplify the adoption of the software-defined data center and hybrid cloud with less risk, and enable customers to deliver applications faster, with greater operational efficiency and lower costs.

Meantime, AT&T and VMware agreed to deliver highly secure, flexible bandwidth, low-latency private cloud network connectivity for VMware vCloud Air customers using AT&T NetBond. Working together, the virtualization giant and the network behemoth said they will enable customers to quickly connect to VMware vCloud Air using AT&T’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based private network solution.

AT&T NetBond’s patented technology will help businesses dynamically connect to VMware vCloud Air from any location on their private corporate networks. This will give VMware vCloud Air customers who use the service the reliability, speed, protection and performance of AT&T’s global network. It also offers the simplicity, flexibility and cost efficiency of the cloud, the companies said.

“Secure, private and reliable connectivity to cloud services has been a key concern for businesses,” said Jon Summers, SVP growth platforms, AT&T Business Solutions. “VMware vCloud Air with AT&T NetBond provides a pre-integrated network-enabled cloud, enhancing performance and flexibility by extending an AT&T VPN into VMware’s hybrid cloud platform.”

The new combined solution is expected to be available in the first half of 2015.

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