VMware announced new products and services to help IT accelerate their adoption of software-defined data center (SDN) architecture.
At VMworld 2013, VMware said the SDN architecture is empowering IT to help organizations become more agile, responsive and profitable.
“New products such as VMware NSX and VMware Virtual SAN will fundamentally redefine the hypervisor and its role in the data center. Along with the recently introduced VMware vCenter Log Insight, these products represent the next wave of innovation at VMware,” said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, VMware.
In a recent survey, VMware found two-thirds of respondents reported being able to generate new revenue for their businesses when they expanded their use of virtualization.
At VMworld 2013 in San Francisco, VMware launched VMware NSX, a network virtualization platform to deliver the entire networking and security model in software, decoupled from networking hardware.
By virtualizing the network, VMware NSX delivers a new operational model for networking that breaks through current physical network barriers and will enable data center operators to achieve significantly better speed and agility, while reducing costs.
Since VMware NSX delivers Layer 2 – Layer 7 services entirely via software, all that customers need to do to grow their infrastructure is add more server nodes. This architecture enables VMware NSX to handle as much as 1 TB per second of network traffic per cluster of 32 hosts.
VMware NSX will be available in Q4 2013.
VMware Virtual SAN
VMware says VMware Virtual SAN extends VMware vSphere to pool compute and direct-attached storage.
VMware 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. It will unlock a new tier of converged infrastructure that enables rapid and granular scaling of compute and storage resources.
Relying on server-side solid state disks (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs), VMware Virtual SAN delivers significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and test/development environments, among other use cases.
Customers can start small and grow storage performance and capacity by adding servers as needed. VMware Virtual SAN will be available via a free public beta program in Q3 2013.
VMware vCloud Suite 5.5
VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 features new and enhanced product functionality as well as broad product integrations.
VMware vCloud Suite will enable customers to 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.
New VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache virtualizes server-side flash to lower application latency dramatically. To further improve the response time of latency-sensitive applications, VMware vSphere 5.5 introduces a low-latency sensitivity feature.
VMware vSphere 5.5 enables configurations two times the previous physical CPU, memory and NUMA node limits.
VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 and VMware vSphere with Operations Management are expected to be available in Q3 2013.
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VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 is licensed per processor with prices starting at $4,995 per processor.
VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5 is offered in three editions: Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. Pricing starts at $1,745 per processor.
VMware NSX is expected to be available in Q4 of 2013.
VMware Virtual SAN is expected to be available via a public beta program in Q3 of 2013.