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September 1, 2015

VMworld 2015: 7 first day take-aways

Several companies announce significant developments with VMware.

By James Nunns

VMworld 2015 is underway in San Francisco, with companies showcasing their latest integrations and enhancements to work alongside the company’s cloud and software-defined data centre advancements.

CBR takes a look at the major announcements so far.

1. HP is looking to aid businesses in making the most their VMware environments

The company aims to speed up implementation and increase ROI with services that it has aimed at VMware’s vSphere.

Releases including a new Converged Architecture and HP Software-defined Compute Services for VMware solutions, as well as Network Virtualisation Services for NSX, see the two companies continue to build on a long standing relationship.

The two companies have also expanded their global OEM agreement in order to accelerate network virtualisation adoption.

As part of this agreement, HP will be able to sell VMware’s NSX. The goal of this is to be help customers to deploy applications faster and to simplify their data centre network fabric.

2. SanDisk reference architectures & integrated data

The flash storage company released three reference architectures for VMware Virtual SAN 6. These will utilise the company’s SATA, SAS and PCIe application accelerator solutions.

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The architectures include Online Transaction Processing with All-Flash Virtual San. This is a 4-node reference architecture that utilises its 4TB Optimus MAX.

According to the company it delivered 3.08 million New Orders per Minute and 14.1 million transactions per minute using eight virtual machines executing Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition.

VMware Horizon Virtual Desktop and Applications solution with All-Flash Virtual SAN, is a co-led development that utilises SanDisk’s Lightning Gen II SSDs and Dell R730 G13 servers.

When tested with a starter 4-node configuration (as above) it deployed 24 desktops per minute in a boot storm situation, with 850 in 35 minutes.

Horizon Virtual Desktop Solution with Hybrid VMware Virtual SAN is the final reference architecture. This utilises HP’s ProLiant DL360 Gen9 servers.

The company has additionally enhanced FlashSoft for VMware vSphere 6 as a virtual data service. The latest version allows for individual virtual disks to be accelerated so that cache resources can be focused on critical operations.

IT also offers support for write-back, storage traffic offload reporting and compatibility with integration through VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering framework.

3. VCE expands hyper-converged rackscale systems

The company has brought a new VCE VxRack System to market which is based on VMware’s EVO SDDC.

The goal is to enable IT organisations to quickly construct and control their cloud in order to take advantage of a VMware software-defined data centre.

It will enable enterprises and Service Providers to build an IaaS platform and VDI solution that is based upon a complete SDDC architecture.

4. KEMP LoadMaster plug-in for VMware vRealise Orchestrator

The company’s vRO plug-in is designed to offer out-of-the-box automation workflows and to give virtual infrastructure control to publish and scale applications.

The LoadMaster is an advanced Layer 2-7 load balancing/application delivery controller solution.

Peter Melerud, CMO, KEMP, said: "Our partnership and integrations across VMware’s vRealize suite of products enables us to deliver valuable joint offerings that help customers gain greater agility in their data centres, quicker time to market for applications and improved service Quality of Experience."

5. Dell end-to-end portfolio of VMware solutions

Dell has brought a number of enhancements to its solutions for VMware, with a new release of its Active System Manager and updates to its engineered solutions for EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition that will provide up to 80% greater density for virtual desktop and applications workloads.

The company has also enhanced its Dell Wyse ThinOS, to version 8.1. It has been given better security along with expanded connectivity and expanded peripheral support for Wyse thin clients.

The expanded security features include lightweight firmware that it says offers zero attach surface for, "complete immunity to viruses and malware."

It is aiming to enhance its solutions so that it can create an easier path to virtualised environments and the cloud.

6. Wipro LiVE Workspace

The workspace, which is powered by VMware has been launched by the company. It is designed to enable enterprises to be digitally ready for next-gen end-users.

Offering predictive and prescriptive analytics it can proactively identify, diagnose, resolve and manage critical applications as well as infrastructure problems.

The company is building transformational solutions that are based on standard reference architectures for next generation enterprise workplaces. It will include use environment management, mobility management, desktop virtualisation and image management utilising VMware Horizon and AirWatch.

7. Citrix cloud-based migration

The company has made available a free cloud-based service that enables VMware customers to migrate to Horizon View virtual app and desktop deployments to XenApp and XenDesktop.

The service will allow administrators to be able to do an in-place migration, which the company says can be done in less than 15 minutes.

The service will allow administrators to choose whether to manage all components in either their own data centre or to use its Workspace Cloud to move VDI and virtual app management to the cloud.


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