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.

VMware Acquires Integrien and TriCipher

Integrien’s patented real-time performance analytics solution helps customers simplify the complexity of managing application and infrastructure performance by transforming data from existing management tools into actionable intelligence. Combined with VMware vCenter management products, Integrien’s capabilities enable VMware customers to achieve the level of automation and control required for virtualized and cloud infrastructures.

As customers evolve to a hybrid cloud composed of customer-owned and SaaS applications, internal and external infrastructure clouds, technologies for identity federation, SaaS authentication and access management are required to deliver convenient application access for end users and security controls for IT. TriCipher’s capabilities will support multiple VMware initiatives, including identity-based security, integration of hybrid clouds and managed access to SaaS application from any device, where and when a user needs it.

VMware Expands Cloud Infrastructure Strategy, Introduces New Products to Drive IT as a Service

VMware vCloud Director changes the way IT delivers infrastructure services and the way users access and consume them. By extending the resource pooling capabilities of VMware vSphere, VMware vCloud Director enables IT to create “virtual data centers” (VDCs) – logical pools of compute, network and storage resources with defined management policies, SLAs and pricing.  IT organizations can offer these VDCs – along with catalogs of other infrastructure and application services such as virtual appliances, VMs, and OS images – to users through fully automated self-service access.

VMware Introduces End-User Computing Strategy and Products to Drive IT as a Service

VMware View 4.5 is the first enterprise-class solution that delivers rich user experiences across an organization on a growing number of devices at any location – online or offline. High-performance PC-over-IP technology enables users to work with their virtual desktops over a LAN or WAN connection, while VMware View with Local Mode enables secure offline access while leveraging local processing resources. The result is a seamless user experience designed to combine the best of desktop and client virtualization.

VMware View 4.5 delivers a simplified, integrated desktop and application management platform designed to enable IT organizations to manage tens of thousands of virtual desktops. VMware View 4.5 also manages applications from a centralized administrative interface while simplifying key IT processes such as provisioning, configuration management, connection brokering, policy enforcement and application assignment.

VMware Introduces new Security Products

Buried within many of the announcements above but mentioned prominently within the VMworld 2010 keynotes is VMware vShield, the latest security product from VMware.

VMware vShield 4.1 is made up three products to implement virtualized Edge firewalls, zone to zone firewalls within the Edge, and End Point security. The combination provides defense in depth from the Edge through to the VM. vShield is a major component of the VMware vCloud Director to provide network and end point security within a  multi-tenant environment.

vShield Edge virtualizes the edge of the network firewall with the ability to span edges between clouds via a built in tunnel between multiple vShield Edge appliances. vShield App provides the zone-to-zone protection within the virtual environment similar to vShield Zones (which will remain a product bundled with vSphere depending on license levels). vShield End Point provides anti-virus offload functionality for the VM. Trend Micro is the first to announce a product which makes use of vShield End Point: Deep Security 7.5.

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