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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:53

VMware releases software-defined data centre for the cloud

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The new VMware EVO SDDC claims to be the “first fully automated software suite for delivering the software-defined data centre” and will benefit businesses building private, public and hybrid clouds

One of the many new announcements made at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco is the introduction of VMware EVO SDDC. The new EVO SDDC – previously known as VMware EVO RACK - serves as the foundation of VMware's Unified Hybrid Cloud platform, and extends the virtualisation principles of abstraction, pooling and automation across all data centre resources and services. As a result, a software-defined data centre (SDDC) is designed to be dramatically more efficient, VMware claims by extending virtualisation across the data centre, businesses can slash CAPEX by as much as 49% while reducing deployment and provisioning time from days to hours.

With the introduction of VMware EVO SDDC, customers will be able to more easily deploy and operate virtual infrastructure as a service; providing efficiency, agility and control for building and operating private, public and hybrid clouds.

VMware EVO SDDC will include foundational components of VMware's hyper-converged infrastructure - VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and VMware NSX - which will enable the convergence of compute, storage and networking onto a single, integrated layer of software that can run on any commodity x86 infrastructure.

VMware EVO SDDC will include VMware EVO SDDC Manager, a new intelligent automation engine that will simplify and significantly reduce the time required for power-up, provisioning and monitoring of virtual and physical resources, including software, servers, top-of-rack and spine switches. The EVO SDDC Manager will pool resources across multiple racks as a single "virtual rack" and can dynamically carve out workload domain capacity based on availability and performance requirements.

To help manage the cloud EVO SDDC includes VMware vRealize Operations to provide operations management across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures using predictive analytics and policy-based automation. Additionally by also including VMware vRealize Log Insight IT teams will be able to combine and analyse structured and unstructured data to help them improve overall performance and avert disruptions.

Rack-scale offerings built and managed with VMware EVO SDDC will scale in capacity starting from one-third rack to multiple racks and thousands of nodes at single server increments. Each fully populated rack will support more than 1,000 infrastructure as a service virtual machines or more than 2,000 desktop virtual machines, delivering a highly efficient and scalable infrastructure for cloud and virtual desktop deployments.

The first integrated solutions using EVO SDDC will be available direct from partners Dell, QCT (Quanta Cloud Technology) and VCE. Over time, customers will also have the option to purchase the software direct from VMware, and then work with a pre-qualified partner to integrate the software onto hardware.

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