In perhaps the biggest of a series of announcements made at its VMworld 2012 conference, cloud infrastructure software provider VMware announced on Monday it has launched a comprehensive solution of cloud infrastructure and management products, expertise and ecosystem support to “help customers drive greater efficiency and improve operational agility.”
The company says that VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 is the first solution to deliver the software-defined data center by integrating VMware’s virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management offerings into a single product to simplify the adoption of cloud computing technologies.
The VMware vCloud Suite simplifies and automates operations while ensuring application service levels for even the most resource-intensive business critical applications.
“Today at VMworld, VMware and its partners are taking a bold step toward simplifying IT, offering customers everything they need to build, operate and manage their cloud environments,” said Paul Maritz, VMware CEO. “The VMware vCloud Suite delivers the software-defined datacenter – the architecture for implementing cloud computing.”
The VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 enables customers to build, operate and manage cloud infrastructure, enabling them to virtualization, software-defined datacenter services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, and application and operations management.
VMware vSphere 5.1 is the foundation of the VMware vCloud Suite, providing more than 100 enhancements and new features to deliver the highest service levels for all applications.
This includes workloads and low-latency, I/O-sensitive applications, more powerful VMs, more innovations to help customers avoid unplanned downtime and more robust networking capabilities.
VMware vSphere 5.1 will support VMs with up to 64 virtual CPUs, along with enhanced VMware vMotion to enable live migration of VMs without the need for shared storage.
VMware vSphere 5.1 features new VMware vSphere Data Protection for simplified, reliable VM back-up and recovery, VMware vSphere Replication for cost-effective disaster protection, and VMware vShield Endpoint for more efficient VM security.
The suite also includes key enhancements to the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch, new Network Health Check, Configuration Backup and Restore, Roll-Back and Recovery capabilities, VMware vSphere 5.1 Distributed Switch to simplify deployment, ongoing management and troubleshooting of virtual networks, and support for single-root I/O virtualization.
VMware vCloud Director 5.1 is a set of software-defined data center services which apply the virtualization principles of abstraction, pooling and automation to the domains of storage, networking, security and availability.
The solution orchestrates the provisioning of these services to deliver complete virtual data centers that can be ready for consumption in minutes.
VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 enable customer s to create virtual networks and services that are independent from the physical network hardware.
vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1 simplifies disaster recovery planning and ensures predictable recovery through automated testing and plan execution, as well as supports data center migrations and disaster avoidance.
It integrates with VMware vSphere Replication and a range of replication technologies from VMware’s partners, enabling customers to benefit from disaster recovery without having to invest in failover infrastructure.
The VMware vCloud Suite includes vFabric Application Director, vCenter Operations Management Suite and vCloud Connector to speed application provisioning, move workloads between clouds, and bring intelligent automation to capacity planning, performance and compliance management.
The new VMware vCloud Suite will be delivered by the more than 55,000 VMware partners, solution providers, service providers and systems integrators, along with major global hardware manufacturers.
VMware is also offering new Cloud Ops IPs and advisory, transformation and education services, where VMware will use its experience to help hundreds of clients worldwide to build, run and optimize public and private cloud environments.
The VMware vCloud Suite will be licensed per processer with no core, vRAM or number of VM limits. The suite includes an entire set of cloud infrastructure and management capabilities, including virtualization, software-defined data center services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, application management and operations management.
Set for release September 11, the VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 will be offered in Standard, Advanced and Enterprise editions.
The suite will include VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus, VMware vCloud Director, VMware vCloud Connector, VMware vCloud Networking and Security, VMware vFabric Application Director, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager.
VMware has also enhanced its offerings for SMBs, significantly extending the capabilities of VMware vSphere Essentials Plus and introducing VMware vSphere 5.1 Standard with Operations Management.
VMware also announced Monday it has applied to become a Gold member of the OpenStack Foundation, and extended its strategic partnership with Riverbed where it will launch a performance management solution for software-defined networks.
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