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VMware Unveils New Software-Defined Network Tools

VMware Unveils New Software-Defined Network Tools
By Jennifer LeClaire

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The company is hitting the nail on the head as far as the needs of the global 2000, but I am not fully convinced that the needs for a software-defined network as implemented by VMware simplifies things enough to where you could see the mid-size corporations -- a regional bank, not Citibank -- deploy it, said ZK Research analyst Zeus Kerravala.
 


Determined to drive adoption of software-defined data center architecture, VMware made some strategic announcements at the 10th annual VMworld in San Francisco. More than 22,000 people got first-hand demonstrations of the new NXSTM, Virtual SANTM, VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 and VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5.

Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, VMware, called it the company's next wave of innovation. He also threw down the competitive gauntlet, declaring that the new products would "fundamentally redefine the hypervisor and its role in the data center."

Is it just conference hype? Or is there substance to Raghuram's words? VMware introduced its software-defined data center architecture a year ago and has seen plenty of traction. VMware is reporting that with its software-defined data center architecture customers are witnessing greater value than those who didn't make the transition. But some analysts are concerned it's just for the largest of companies.

Sneak Peak at Software-Defined Tools

VMware's research found two-thirds of respondents reported could generate new revenue when they expanded virtualization use. Of those businesses able to take full advantage of a complete software-defined data center architecture, 85 percent were able to generate new revenue as high as 22 percent for their businesses. ADP Dealer Services, an OEM auto manufacturing company, is one of the benefactors.

"The software-defined data center architecture enables us to deliver true infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service to our lines of business and our development organization with the requisite performance, availability, and security -- all automated by software," said Bill Naughton, CIO of ADP Dealer Services. "With increased IT agility and efficiency, we're poised to meet the present and future demands of the business."

In terms of the new products, VMware NSX is a network virtualization platform that promises to deliver the entire networking and security model in software, decoupled from networking hardware. NSX offers a new operational model for networking that the company said breaks through current physical network barriers and will help data center operators drive better speed and agility, while reducing costs. NSX will be available in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Meanwhile, VMware Virtual SAN extends VMware vSphere to pool compute and direct-attached storage. Virtual SAN offers a virtual data plane that clusters server disks and flash to create shared storage designed for virtual machines. It promises to unlock a new tier of converged infrastructure that enables rapid and granular scaling of compute and storage resources. VMware Virtual SAN will be available via a free public beta program in the third quarter. (continued...)

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