VMware launches vSphere 5 and a comprehensive suite to support infrastructure foundation for the cloud computing age.
The company has launched the vSphere 5 virtualization management software as well as a complete suite for cloud computing technologies. VMware’s announcement has been seen as a response to Citrix’s recent acquisition of Cloud.com.
CEO Paul Maritz explained that vSphere 5 is a comprehensive upgrade with more than 200 enhancements that will deliver a better application performance. VMware also unveiled VMware vShield 5, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, and VMware vCloud Director 1.5.
“The market has fully embraced virtualization as a key transformative technology at the heart of the next era of computing,” said Maritz. “With vSphere 5 and our cloud infrastructure suite, VMware is helping customers accelerate towards more efficient and automated cloud infrastructure, redefining how resources are managed and secured, and ultimately, driving a more productive relationship between IT and the businesses they serve.”
Paul Maritz’s point of view was that the world is moving past the personal computer, so new platforms must be discovered with the removal of infrastructure management. When explaining about the suite, he commented that it is the Microsoft Office for constructing automated data centers. In many ways, the CEO claims to be the new Microsoft, but only without an OS. His pitch also included points for installing VMware applications in the public cloud.
CTO Steve Herrod explained how the new features in the suite would increase reliability over vast geographical server pools – ones that are quite similar to public clouds rather than the private ones VMware usually focuses on. Prominent enhancements include powerful VMs running within vSphere, new data security capabilities, new automated fail back and planned migration capabilities.
Lastly, VMware also decided to add some changes to its product licensing. In a press release, the company says that it wants to adopt a ‘cloud-like’ IT cost model that is based on consumption rather than capacity.
According to many, the announcement didn’t generate a lot of enthusiasm among the tech crowd, but the new enhancements do provide better performance and a shift towards the cloud. VMware did time the release well, as Citrix has taken the spotlight with its acquisition. The company is also facing competition from the open source clouds such as the Xenserver, and in the future VMware will have to be very innovative in releasing new products.