VMWorld Barcelona has seen a tidal wave of new products from VMware. The business has announced an expansion of its vCloud Air platform in Europe with a new vCloud data centre in Germany to join the current London data centre. The new VMware-operated – it’s owned by one of VMwares partners but they refuse to say who - data centre will provide customers with a Central European location that addresses German and EU compliance and data sovereignty regulations. With a launch planned in the first quarter of 2015.
As part of the keynote speeches VMware showed quite depressing figures on the number of public cloud instances of virtual machines. In 2008 just 2% of VM workloads worldwide were in the public cloud (98% were on premise) and six years later in 2014 the number has just barely increased to 6% in the public cloud. So in an effort to increase numbers VMware has also announced an expanded access program for VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, a new credit card accessible cloud service, as well as the launch of VMware vCloud Air Direct Connect, a solution that allows businesses to seamlessly expand their infrastructure directly to vCloud Air for increased resources and scale.
VMware has also made concessions – grudgingly we expect - to the fact that IT managers are looking to build solutions that are not only in the cloud and scalable but also transferable. To this end its started to work with OpenStack on an integrated solution that combines the best of OpenStack and VMware. At present the solution is still in Beta and it uses Openstack APIs but at least the commitment is there. Additionally there’s also work with Docker to enable containers to work with VMware, so far they have a codename for the project Fargo but little else.
Additionally, VMware has released a wave of new cloud management offerings, centring on the VMware vRealise Suite 6.0, a single unified management platform covering automation and orchestration. Offering comprehensive, infrastructure management, the vRealise Suite is made up of number of solutions which work to offer businesses the ability to keep careful control over their physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures.
VMware has also announced an OEM partnership with HP to deliver a new hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that will sit within the EVO family. The HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO:RAIL will provide a simple, building block for organisations to easily deploy a Software-Defined infrastructure.