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VMware launches vSphere 6 for the hybrid cloud

February 2, 2015  

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VMware, Inc. today announced VMware vSphere 6, the newest edition of its virtualization offering for the hybrid cloud and what it called the ‘foundation for the software-defined data centre.’

VMware also re-enforced its support of open frameworks for building and managing clouds with its new VMware Integrated OpenStack distribution. This first-ever OpenStack distribution from VMware will empower IT to provide developers with open API access to enterprise-class VMware infrastructure, the company said.

Additionally, VMware revealed a technology preview that will enable customers to bridge the public and private cloud through the combination of VMware NSX network virtualization and VMware vCloud Air, VMware’s public cloud service, to enable a single, secure network domain.

“As our customers accelerate growth, their IT organizations are expected to drive transformation, enhance efficiency and bring more value to the business than ever before,” said Ben Fathi, the firm’s chief technology officer.

VMware said vSphere 6 will address the specific challenges of cloud-native applications, including agile development cycles and multiple application instances.

“With VMware vSphere 6, organizations will be able to manage thousands of component instances of a single cloud-native application,” it said in a release. These include scale-up applications such as SAP HANA, scaleout workloads such as Hadoop, and business-critical applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database, and SAP ERP.

Features include:

* Long-Distance vMotion, which will enable ‘zero downtime live migration’ of workloads over long distances such as New York to London. CPUs.

* Instant Clone Technology, which will make it possible to rapidly clone and provision thousands of container instances and virtual machines to make new virtual infrastructure available in sub-second timeframes.

* 3D Graphics for Desktop Virtualization, which will enable enterprises to deliver high-end workstation and graphics-intensive applications to virtual desktops such as VMware Horizon 6 for industries such as engineering, automotive, education and architecture.


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