VMware held a similar conference on “owning the cloud” earlier this year in Las Vegas and while it reported multiple advances in that week, it has unleashed a whole slew of new solutions and announcements including a mobile partnership with Verizon and even assisting SAP with its internal virtualization.
However, the announcements didn’t stop there. The virtualization and cloud infrastructure provider gave the enterprise the VMware vCenter Protect Essentials Plus and enhancements to its VMware Go Pro service, simplifying IT management for small and midsize businesses. The vCenter Protect Essentials Plus was designed for SMBs allowing easy and cost-effective deployment and management of both physical and virtual machines as well as antivirus and endpoint security.
VMware reported that the cloud-based IT management service Go Pro makes it easier for small and midsize businesses to create, manage and secure their IT infrastructure. The Go Pro now features the IT Advisor which scans and assesses computer’s physical and virtual infrastructure plus gives advice on what to do. VMware also updated the asset and patch management capabilities of Go Pro so users can label groups of machines and schedule patch scans and deployment according to group.
The VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite has been updated so to integrate VMware vCenter Capacity IQ and VMware vCenter Configuration Manager and offer customers alerts regarding their infrastructures and any issues needing remediation. The suite includes new application awareness capabilities that both discover and map relationships between applications and the infrastructure components that support them.
In addition to teaching the infrastructure to better communicate, VMware added two new solutions to its vFabric Application Management Suite for better cloud computing and a more active application management solution. The vFabric AppDirector offers standardization and automation and vFabric Application Performance Manager helps with proactive application management in virtual and cloud environments.
With the rise of the public cloud, VMware sees enterprise IT organizations’ role as evolving into a broker of services. In response, VMware introduced its IT Business Management Suite which offers three modules including: IT Finance Manager, IT Service Level Manager and IT Vendor Manager. The suite aims to assist CIOs in making more informed decisions.
Announcements coming from the conference were not made by VMware alone. NVIDIA chimed in with VMware making a joint announcement to partner in advancing virtual 3D graphics technologies to enable remote delivery of high-end, workstation-class virtual desktops and applications for engineers, scientists and artists. VCE also piped up as it showcased its converged infrastracture solutions for VMware environments at the conference.
VCE demonstrated Vblock Infrastructure Platforms, a solution that brings together technologies from CIsco, EMC and Cisco. VMware spent all week long exploring how companies and partners can “own their cloud,” and surely they’ll be back at it next year, just as strong and with even more to offer.