VMware to Announce Cloud Computing Vision Tuesday
VMware positioning vSphere as cloud computing for the data center
promises to be the biggest day of the year for virtualization giant VMware. On
Tuesday, the company takes the wraps off of vSphere, the next generation of
its infrastructure suite currently known as VMware Infrastructure
VMware is positioning vSphere as its effort toward "bringing
cloud computing to the data center." VMware first announced the broad details
of its vision during last September's
VMworld conference. At that time, VMware called the technology a
"Virtual Datacenter Operating System", or VDC-OS.
The idea behind
VDC-OS was to make all datacenter components, like processors, memory and
storage, one big pool of resources that could be drawn upon as necessary. In
the cloud computing vision, those internal clouds will connect with external
clouds, providing levels of efficiency, scalability and disaster recovery
capability never before seen.
Although VMware has kept the details
of most of the new functionality private, it has previewed several key parts
in the past. One of the most significant upgrades in vSphere will be VMware
Fault Tolerance, which will increase application availability for
mission-critical apps. VMware CTO Stephen Herrod, in his presentation at
last September's VMworld that VMware Fault Tolerance will keep an exact
copy of an application on a mirrored server, for automatic failover in the
event of a server crash.
Another long-expected new technology is
VMsafe, which will provide an application programming interface (API) for
third-party vendors to build security products to work with vSphere. That
will be especially important in cloud computing scenarios, where private and
sensitive data will cross traditional security boundaries like firewalls.
VMware CEO Paul Maritz will officially unveil vSphere, including
details about pricing and availability, during a live Webcast starting at 9
a.m. PT Tuesday.
Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization & Cloud Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.