VMWorld 2009 Synopsis of VMWare Product Announcements
VMWare is pursuing three major initiatives:
- Virtual Data Center OS (VDC-OS)
- vCloud (private and public clouds along with federation across them)
- vClient (for a desktop as a Service)
VIrtual Data Center
vSphere is the official name for the new Virtual Datacenter (OS) platform, which includes:
- vCompute: hardware assisted virtualization and extended live migration compatibility
- vStorage : for storage management and replication
- vNetwork: for network management, vSphere 4.0 distributed switch and the Cisco Nexus 1000V
- Security : VMsafe API for firewalls, anti-virus, intrusion detection/prevention and compliance, vShield Zones – the firewall virtual appliance (Blue Lane technologies)
- Availability : for data protection and clustering
- Scalability : for dynamic resource sizing
(As an aside, clearly someone was awake and realized that most customers will demand real Security, real Availability, real Scalability and in the midst of the prevailing vNaming zeal, paused before rushing to trademark vSecurity, vAvailability, vScalability) 😉
I am glad to see that VMWare is responding to customer feedback- vSphere ESX4 supports 8 virtual CPU’s and 256GB vRAM. This will offer databases a virtual environment which is very close to production physical hardware and enable them to run SQL applications efficiently within virtual machines
vCenter Suite is the official name for the new VirtualCenter management tools platform, which supports :
Provisioning (including thin provisioning), Configuration, Capacity Planning, Routine Operations, Performance Measurement, Availability, Self Service Portal, Service Catalogue, Billing / Chargeback
vCenter Server for Linux (Beta) is available as a virtual appliance – this is another shining example of listening to customer feedback.
The following modules have been announced for the vCenter Server :
vCenter Server Heartbeat, a hot-standby technology OEM’d from Neverfail Group
vCenter Server Linked Mode, a new technology that allows the same object inventory to be shared across tens and hundreds of vCenter hosts. It incorporates a basic and advanced Search
Host Profiles feature, which verifies and enforces the compliance of new ESX hosts configuration as soon as they are included in the vCenter inventory
vCloud encompasses an architecture, tools (vCenter Suite and vSphere) and API’s
to provide management and federation built on open industry standards so that the corporate private cloud can seamlessly integrate with external clouds out there.
vCenter Suite and vSphere are designed not to distinguish between internals and externals cloud infrastructures.
VM migration within the vCloud
A customer using vSphere 4.0 can install the vCloud plug-in for vCenter, log on the cloud service provider he has a contract with and simply drag his production virtual machine inside the cloud infrastructure that appears within the vCenter GUI. The VM will be automatically migrated inside the cloud without further intervention.
However, it is interesting to note that VMWare does not support a similar capability to perform a live migration between private or public data centers using VMotion yet.
VMWare has announced a partnership with Intel deliver the VMware Client Virtualization Platform. which utilizes Intel Core2 and Centrino 2 processors with Intel vPro technology. It will enable users to run virtualized client environments on desktop or notebook PCs, and work online or offline while IT administrators manage these environments securely from a central location.
The vClient technologies to be delivered in 2009 will include enhancements for thin clients management (HD video, Flash, 3D graphics) and the client hypervisor. VMware View will manage VDI thin clients and client hypervisor instances on corporate desktops and laptops.
In addition to managing VDI thin clients,
VMWare intends to centrally manage any kind of corporate client, including LAN and WAN clients, thick and thin clients. VMware is developing with Teradici the PC over IP (PCoIP) protocol. PCoIP is going to leverage the hardware acceleration that a local client on a LAN or a WAN can provide.
VMWare demonstrated a mobile hypervisor
The VMware hypervisor is running inside a Nokia N800 device, and boots a Windows CE 6.0 virtual machine side by side with a Google Android virtual machine. Each VM takes less than 40MBs . The touchscreen capabilities of the N800, leveraged by Android, are still there.