Cloud and virtualization software provider VMware opened its three-day VMworld Europe 2014 trade show with a flurry of announcements. Perhaps the biggest news was the opening of a new data center in Germany as part of the ongoing expansion of vCloud Air, the service formerly known as vCloud Hybrid Cloud Services.
The event, held in Barcelona, Spain, was expected to draw hundreds of IT technical professionals and business decision-makers from organizations representing a range of industries. The event comes on the heels of VMworld U.S., held in August.
vCloud Air lets businesses move workloads between on-premise servers and the cloud using the same VMware tools, eliminating additional costs or reconfiguration. The service is comparable to Amazon Web Services, but also integrates with existing virtualized environments.
"The timing to enter the hybrid cloud market could not have been better," Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager of Hybrid Cloud at VMware, told VMworld Europe attendees. He added that clients had been secured in 11 major markets.
The company said this hybrid will let companies move from the experimental phase of the cloud into the "professional era" and beyond. vCloud Air launched in the U.S. last year and has since been released in parts of Europe and Asia.
vCloud partners can offer the same services offered by VMware itself, Fathers said. The new data center will be available in the first quarter of 2015.
VMware also said it would offer an early-access option for vCloud Air virtual private cloud on-demand services, in both Europe and North America. The option lets customers start trying out vCloud Air using only a credit card.
More New Products
CSC and VMware extended an ongoing collaboration by announcing plans for a Web-scale OpenStack infrastructure-as-a-service platform built on VMware's data center products. CSC will team its Agility Platform with VMware’s Integrated OpenStack and enterprise-class computing, networking and storage products. The companies said the tandem of products will help reduce capital and expenses and total cost of ownership for production-grade OpenStack deployments.
VMware announced a series of new cloud management offerings and capabilities. Those included updates to its cloud management platform VMware vRealize Suite 6. VMware also unveiled an update of VMware vRealize Operations (formerly VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite); the new VMware vRealize Code Stream, which lets dev-ops teams deliver more frequent and software releases; and the beta launch of VMware vRealize Air Compliance, a new member of VMware's cloud management software-as-a-service offerings.
The company also launched products, program and services adding to its end-user computing line. Among those is VMware Horizon FLEX, which lets enterprises centrally provision, manage and secure virtual desktops and applications running locally on Macs and PCs by using policy-based controls to more securely embrace “bring your own” policies. Related to that, a new cloud service for desktop disaster recovery will allow organizations to protect their businesses and enhance workforce continuity.
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