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VMworld 2014: The 6 big announcements you need to know

Enterprise Software | Posted on August 28, 2014 by David Davis

This week at VMworld 2014, VMware announced new software, new partner programs, new hyper-convergence offerings, and a little re-branding during their Monday morning keynote with roughly 22,000 VMworld attendees watching. So what were these announcements, and how do they impact you? Read on!

1. vCloud Suite 5.8

The VMware vCloud Suite was updated to a new version of 5.8 (from 5.5). As you can see in the graphic below, the vCloud Suite includes vSphere, vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS), vCloud Automation Center (vCAC), vCenter Operations Management Suite (vCOps), and vCloud Director (vCD).

VMworld 2014: vCloud Suite Editions

The 2 major new features of the new vCloud Suite 5.8 are:

  1. Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.8 gives you the ability to create recovery plans scalable up to 5,000 virtual machines (VM’s) per VMware vCenter Server using array-based replication.
  2. VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) offers self-service disaster recovery protection tiers in the VMs via blueprints when using array-based replication.

Find out more about vCloud Suite 5.8 here.

2. VMware’s Hyperconvergence Playvmware-graphic-2

Another big announcement at VMworld was VMware’s new hyper-convergence offering called EVO:RAIL (formerly known as Project Marvin). VMware’s new family of hyper-convergence solutions is now called EVO, which is derived from evolutionary, and EVO:RAIL is the first of that family.

EVO combines the vSphere that you already know (specifically enterprise plus and vCenter) with VMware VSAN, a very cool new front-end, third-party hardware. The front end is written from scratch and is based on HTML5. The new interface is used to setup an entire EVO:RAIL solution, which includes 4 nodes in a single chassis with vSphere, vCenter, Log Insight, High Availability, Distributed Resource Scheduler, and more – all in under 10 minutes.

EVO:RAIL is a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance (HCIA) offering by VMware and qualified EVO:RAIL partners. Partners include Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, NetOne and SuperMicro. Next year, VMware plans to release a larger EVO edition called EVO:RACK.

You can read more about EVO:RAIL in Duncan Epping’s post – Meet VMware EVO:RAIL™ – A New Building Block for your SDDC

3. New Horizon Desktop as a Service (DaaS) Innovations

The third big announcement included innovations to VMware’s Horizon DaaS. Now, with the inclusion of features from Horizon View 6 -part of VMware’s Desktop as a service offering- a number of new features are made available. They include:

  • Applications as a Service – Published and streaming applications will be available for customers to publish. These published applications are Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) applications that will be accessed from a Horizon DaaS desktop client. With this new functionality, Horizon DaaS becomes the only service in the market today that allows IT to deliver cloud-hosted desktops and RDS-hosted shared desktops and apps from a single cloud service and through a single end-user experience!

VMworld 2014: New Horizon Desktop as a Service (DaaS) Innovations

  • Cloud bursting with monthly terms – Horizon DaaS now offers customers elasticity in their desktop commitment so that, when they have needs for seasonal virtual desktops or for special projects, those virtual desktops can be scaled up and reduced later on as-needed. All of this is included in the DaaS monthly terms.
  • High performance desktops – Horizon DaaS will offer high performance virtual desktops (in addition to their standard and advanced virtual desktops already available). These high performance desktops are ideal for engineers and developers who will utilize high amounts of CPU/memory resources or will require high performance graphics for their applications. The new Enterprise desktop will have 4 vCPU, 8GB vRAM, and 120 GB HD.

Get a deeper dive in Horizon DaaS with our VMworld 2014: Everything You Need to Know About Horizon DaaS blog post.

4. VMware Workspace Suite

VMware Workspace is a suite of products that enables the delivery of applications to any user on any device while securing content and providing a seamless end-user experience across all devices. It combines the best of the VMware Horizon Suite with the best of the Airwatch platform to provide clients with an End to End solution for application delivery across any device.

This suite utilizes Horizon 6  technology to support virtual desktop creation, Airwatch Enterprise Mobility Management for end-user device management, Secure Content Locker for sharing data securely across devices and Workspace Portal for seamless delivery of VDI desktops, applications and content across all devices for a consistent user experience.

This suite offers a nice all-in-one package to support mobile initiatives like BYOD and CYOD if you’re looking for an end-to-end solution design.

Learn more about VMware Workspace Suite here.

5. VMware’s Virtual Volumes (VVOLs)

For some time VMware has been talking about their new virtual volume initiative that makes storage virtualization-aware. This allows the individual virtual machine and its disks, rather than a LUN, to become the unit of management for a storage system. Virtual volumes encapsulate virtual disks and other virtual machine files, and natively store the files on the storage system. Storage vendors are quick to adopt VVOLs and many have already made it available, even in it’s beta form. Check out a demo in this video:

Get a deeper dive into VVOLs in our VMworld 2014: Why Storage Admins Will Love VVOLs blog post.

6. vRenaming with vRealize

Lastly, VMware renamed their management suites to all carry a new vRealize brand. For example, the vCenter Operations Management Suite is now called vRealize Operations. vCloud Automation Center is now called vRealize Automation and vCenter Log Insight is now called vRealize Log Insight etc. You can find a great rebranding chart that shows all of the changes, and you can read more about the vRealize suite, here. The complete VMworld dispatches for day 1, day 2, and day 3 are also available.

Get a deeper dive into vRealize in our VMworld 2014: How New vRealize Bundles Compare to vCenter blog post.

We concluded our webinar sessions convering the VMworld 2014 announcements. If you missed it, listen to the recording below! Our VMware experts took a deep dive into the announcements that will affect our clients the most.

Softchoice VMware experts discuss the VMworld 2014 announcements that affect you most


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