VMworld Day 2: VMware, Others Roll Out New Products, Updates

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VMware rolled out new innovations in the second full day of its VMworld U.S. event being held this week in San Francisco.

First, the virtualization giant unveiled new End-User Computing services for universal application delivery and device management. They’re designed to help businesses transform processes and deliver a more user- and application-centric experience. The services address the bridge that customers are demanding be formed between the traditional world of client-server technologies to the new world of mobile-cloud technologies.

“A fundamental technology shift is underway as organizations seek to embrace and capitalize on business mobility,” said Sanjay Poonen, general manager and executive vice president, End-User Computing, VMware. “The opportunity for transformative change is massive, and VMware is innovating like never before. Our … VMware End-User Computing product portfolio is uniquely positioned to help customers navigate this transition to the mobile-cloud era.”

To wit, in a new study, VMware found that only 44 percent of companies require employees to work with company-owned devices; many are embracing the bring-your-own device trend. The top three goals business leaders reported in the survey were increasing mobile workforce productivity; streamlining business processes; and reducing the cost of supporting a mobile workforce.

The mass transition to Windows 10 also is having an impact on VMware’s service updates. The company on Tuesday introduced Project A2, which shows the ability to re-define Windows management and pioneer an approach that it considers to be unique in the industry, shifting from a focus on endpoint management to a focus on application management.

A handful of other companies have made notable announcements at VMworld this week. Among them:

  • Primary Data said its DataSphere data virtualization platform will be designed for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, a powerful feature in VMware vSphere 6. VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes provides finer control at a per virtual machine (VM) level, allowing the underlying storage to become VM-aware, and simplifies storage management through the use of policies.
  • Platform9, the private-cloud provider, and SolidFire, the storage provider, partnered to seamlessly integrate …
  • … SolidFire’s all-flash scale-out storage systems with Platform9’s OpenStack-as-a-service solution. Platform9 Managed OpenStack enables the use of existing and new virtualized servers to power private clouds in minutes, while integrating seamlessly with SolidFire storage for guaranteed application performance. There is full support for KVM and vSphere environments.
  • OnApp released a new version of its Web and mobile portal for VMware vCloud Air Network service providers. Based on v4.1 of the OnApp Cloud platform, also released today, the portal is designed to give service providers a highly configurable, enterprise-grade front end for a wide range of cloud services based on VMware vCloud Director 5.6 and 8.0, vCloud Air and vCenter.
  • Geminare’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions have been integrated with and are now directly available to VMware vCloud Air customers. Available immediately is Cloud Archive on Google Cloud Platform, the first DRaaS solution chosen by Google for the recently released Google Cloud Storage Nearline.
  • CloudPhysics launched a new release of its SaaS offering, expanding its analytics solution so that VMware users can preempt and eliminate operational hazards that threaten to disrupt IT operations and applications.
  • StorageCraft Technology introduced a new pricing model and enhancements for its StorageCraft Cloud Services disaster-recovery offering. The new pricing model aims to allow users to customize cloud coverage to meet their unique recovery needs and budget requirements while enjoying access to systems and data anytime, anywhere with instant failover in a cloud built specifically for disaster recovery.
  • CloudBerry Lab, the backup and management solutions vendor, added CloudBerry Desktop Backup Free as part of its Backup 4.3 release. Also, customers can now use CloudBerry Backup with VMware vCloud Air.

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