VMware Makes Key Product Announcements at VMworld 2015

VMware made a slew of announcements during its annual VMworld conference which was held Aug. 30-Sept. 3 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The theme of this year's conference was "Ready for Any," and, in keeping with that tagline, the company's announcements spanned cloud deployments, data center, and devices.

With the goal of helping organizations transform their business processes, VMware introduced new end user computing innovations.

The VMware end-user computing product portfolio will provide solutions that are built to securely deliver any app to any device while supporting Windows 10 and earlier versions.

Update enhancements will introduce a new VMware Identity Manager Advanced Edition, extend application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with VMware Horizon 6.2 and VMware Horizon 6.2 for Linux, expand support for applications at-scale, enrich user experience with support for Skype for Business and NVIDIA GRID vGPU,  Enhanced security capabilities, and align with Federal government readiness including FIPS 140-2 compliance.

In addition to this announcement, VMware is improving its unified hybrid cloud platform, allowing customers to build applications quicker, refine IT security, and rapidly recover from disasters, while driving meaningful business value.

The public component of VMware’s cloud platform, VMware vCloud Air, allows the data center and cloud to remain connected so all resources are accessible and shared across the hybrid cloud.

The component streamlines digital processes, while maintaining security and performance.

This new update includes enhancements for vCloud Air such as two different disaster recovery services, object storage, and SQL support.

Just 6 months after releasing version 1.0 of VMware Integrated OpenStack, the company is rolling out an upgraded version that will integrate with Kilo and introduce a variety of new components.

The 2.0 update upgrades the platform to provide a seamless openStack experience, introduces additional language support, allows load balancing as a service, adds support for Ceilometer with Mongo DB as the Backend Database, and enhances Backup and Restore abilities.

Along with VMware’s new and improved platforms, one of the company’s biggest announcements saw the unveiling of the first fully automated software suite for delivering the software-defined data center as an integrated system.

Serving as a foundation of VMware’s Unified Hybrid Cloud platform the solution, called VMware EVO SDDC, will extend the virtualization principals of abstraction, pooling and automation across all data center resources and services.

"As one of the largest data center operators in the world, VMware EVO SDDC allows us to deploy a standardized, reliable and automated infrastructure solution at any data center location and rapidly deliver capacity to our tenants," said Indranil Sengupta, senior director of Cloud Service Development, NTT America. "The ability to scale quickly and seamlessly as customer demands rise will also enable us to better manage costs in-line with our total ICT outsourcing capabilities."

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Posted September 01, 2015