VMware vShield 4.1, not for the SMB

I wonder how many of us remember when VMware bought BlueLane and their technology,  good things were promised,  we saw the first part with the release of vSphere when they introduced vShield Zones.  This was a “Free” product for those of you that had any version above Advanced vSphere and to be fair for a 1.0 release was a nice weapon to have in your armoury when dealing with Security during a design and implementation phase.

At VMworld 2010 San Francisco VMware announced and released the expanded and improved vShield family of products. it however now a costed product, now the good news is that vShield Zones been not been removed from the vSphere suite, and are still “Free” the the correctly licensed level of vSphere.

A quick synopsis of the products, the technology has been split into three products these being:

VMware positions for the future around vFabric and vCloud

Two of the most significant announcements involved the consolidation of  VMware’s recent acquisitions in the applications platform space into vFabric and the addition of a management offering (vCloud Director) to vCloud which are respectively PaaS and IaaS plays that compete feature-wise with the established market leaders.

vFabric

In VMworld from an Open Source Perspective, we mentioned that in its SpringSource subsidiary, VMware had managed to acquire an entire application stack.  The big VMworld announcement was they’ve given this a name – vFabric.  You can tell it’s a core VMware product – it begins with a small “v”. Continue reading VMware positions for the future around vFabric and vCloud

VMworld: Security Buzz

Nearly everyone I talked to at VMworld was buzzing in some form about Virtualization Security. Everyone has picked up on the pre-show and show buzz from VMware, Trend Micro, HyTrust, and every other security vendor.  There have been announcements about security, keynote sessions that include security, and more than a few sessions about security.

This is also arguably the first VMworld where there are a large number of Virtualization Security sessions and panels have not been entirely from VMware. I find involving the industry as they have at VMworld moves forward the entire virtualization security ecosystem. Continue reading VMworld: Security Buzz

The Big VMware Announcements at VMworld

VMware Announces the vFabric Cloud Applications Platform

VMware vFabric™ cloud application platform combines the market-leading Spring Java development framework with platform services including lightweight application server, global data management, cloud-ready messaging, dynamic load balancing and application performance management. Applications built on VMware vFabric provide performance and portability across heterogeneous cloud environments. Continue reading The Big VMware Announcements at VMworld

VMworld 2010 First Impressions

The week that all of us virtualization junkies have been waiting for has finally arrived.  In case you are not sure what I am talking about, it is VMworld 2010 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.  The weather, for me, is a little cool with the wind.  But then again, I am from Florida so it does not take much for me to think it is cool.  The sun is shining and the place is packed.  All and all a great start for this event.

The event got started on Sunday night at the VMunderground WuPaaS VMworld warm up party at the Thirsty Bear, next to the Moscone Center.  It was great to see the people that share the passion for virtualization that I do and this party really got the week started right. Continue reading VMworld 2010 First Impressions

Intel buys McAfee “for security in the cloud”

In case you missed it, Intel has bought McAfee, a security company best known for virus scanning and other malware detection software, for $7.68Bn (on revenues of about $2Bn).  This is a tidy multiple in any marketplace, particularly as  McAfee is not the dominant player.  It is the largest deal Intel has ever done, and the largest pure-play security deal ever.  Plus the deal was in cash.

Add to this the Intel plan to purchase the Wireless Solution unit of Infineon (for $1.4Bn) and you now have the direction in which Intel plans to go. More Security in the hardware.

The technical rationale behind the deal seems to be that security should be going into hardware, and that in newer cloud access devices (Android, iPad etc) it wont’ be a bolt-on extra like it is at the moment, it’ll be something that OEMs could buy from Intel.  The same argument applies to the clouds themselves.  Servers would come with embedded security. We’ve been discussing this stack/hardware boundary a little at the virtualization practice – it features on our recent podcast, Virtual Thoughts: Is the Hypervisor moving into Hardware?. However, our perception had been that the stack/hardware boundary was being driven by the VCE coalition (VMware, Cisco, EMC) and potentially by HP and even Dell, but not by the semiconductor manufacturers. Continue reading Intel buys McAfee “for security in the cloud”