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VMware pushes its unified platform story for hybrid cloud

Scores of predictions have been made in late 2014 about the rise of the hybrid cloud. Analysts like Gartner and IDC no longer have the only story to tell as vendors, riding on the hype, push forward their hybrid story albeit from the microcosm of their own product offerings.
 
“According to IDC research, more than 65 percent of IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures encompassing multiple public cloud services, as well as private cloud and/or non-cloud infrastructure resources, by the end of 2015,” said Matthew Eastwood, Group Vice President and General Manager of IDC’s Enterprise Platform Group
 
For its part VMware Malaysia announced its hybrid cloud strategy which the vendor naturally labeled as software-defined. VMware claims its unified platform will enable customers to create one consistent environment across the private and public cloud to run, protect and manage any cloud-native or traditional application.
 
VMware’s unified platform approach for hybrid cloud actually comprises XXX product offerings including:
 
VMware vSphere 6 is the latest iteration to the company’s server virtualization platform featuring higher performance, scale and consolidation ratios. Naturally!
 
First announced in San Francisco last year, VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is a VMware supported OpenStack distribution designed to run on top of an existing VMware infrastructure. (No surprise there!). VIO will let a VMware Administrator deliver and operate an enterprise production grade OpenStack cloud on VMware components, taking advantage of VMware vSphere features like HA, DRS or VSAN for OpenStack cloud.
 
VMware Virtual SAN 6 follows from last year’s VSAN 1.0 and is marketed as a software-defined storage (SDS) solution with vSphere Virtual Volumes (just don’t ask me how you can move from 1.0 to 6.0 and miss out all the numbers in between – perhaps someone in product marketing had only two fingers – one per hand – pun intended). VMware loyalists claim the 6 monicker is warranted because of the many new features that come with VSAN 6. They should know better given they launched 1.0 just a year ago in an attempt to cash in on the SDS hype that was building up.
 
VMware does claim that vSphere Virtual Volumes will offer a new level of storage integration to make external arrays natively aware of virtual machines.
 
Also as part of the unified platform announcement, vCloud Air hybrid networking services will help customers bridge VMware’s vCloud Air public cloud service and VMware vSphere-based private clouds to enable a single, secure network domain through a gateway appliance. With L2-L7 security features all built-in via software, VMware NSX is the networking foundation for VMware vCloud Air.
 
vCloud Air hybrid networking services will let customers maintain hundreds of virtual networks spanning the private cloud and vCloud Air over a single WAN connection, and share the same fine-grained “zero trust” security policies and network isolation for applications, unchanged.

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