Virtualisation pioneer VMware is pushing beyond the server into all nooks and crannies of the data centre with the announcement of new products and roadmap for 2009 at VMworld this week.
The key announcement is the company’s Virtual Data Centre Operating System (VDC-OS), which pulls together all types of hardware resources such as servers, storage and networks into an on-premise cloud and then farms out these resources to the applications that need them most.
VDC-OS changes the virtual landscape in two other ways: delivering a set of application services to ensure availability, security and scalability of applications, separate from operating system or architecture and second delivering cloud services. These cloud services aim to federate capacity between on and off premise clouds.
As part of its vCloud initiative, VMware will be working with 100 cloud service providers, including BT, Rackspace and Verizon to enable customers to tap into capacity on demand.
The next generation of innovative technologies in the Virtual Datacenter OS will enable companies to realise the promise of enterprise cloud computing – where applications are automatically guaranteed the right quality of service at the lowest TCO by harnessing internal and external computing capacity,” said VMware president and CEO Paul Maritz.