VMware announcements at VMworld 2017

VMworld 2017 for CIOsVMware announced new releases of VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware vRealize Network Insight – at VMworld 2017.

The cloud infrastructure company said Integrated OpenStack and VMware vRealize Network Insight will assist customers to modernize their data centers to increase business and developer agility while introducing increased networking and security capabilities.

VMware Integrated OpenStack for Data Centers will be priced at $995/CPU for net new customers. A second edition will be available as an add-on for existing vRealize Suite customers for $495/CPU.

VMware said the vSANoffering will accelerate the adoption of distributed IT by reducing the cost and complexity of expanding enterprise IT features beyond the data center.

# VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 based on OpenStack Ocata boost support for containerized applications

# VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.5 delivers increased monitoring and compliance capabilities for NSX

# New HCI Acceleration Kit enables distributed IT with cost-effective hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) systems powered by VMware vSAN

# VMware to embrace Big Data and High-Performance Computing (HPC) workloads with new vSphere Scale-Out edition

“Companies are focused on digital transformation to deliver new customer experiences through applications and services,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, chief operating officer, Products and Cloud Services, VMware.

VMware Integrated OpenStack 4

It provides customers with the fastest and most efficient solution to deploy and operate OpenStack clouds on VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) infrastructure — typically without the need for professional services.

vRealize Network Insight 3.5

VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security across virtual, physical, and multiple-clouds with micro-segmentation planning that can be scaled to thousands of VMs at a time with 360-degree visibility and VMware NSX operations.

VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.5 will provide deeper visibility into the networking and security infrastructure enabling customers to easily monitor NSX deployments and help meet PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance.

New VMware vSAN Offering

The new VMware HCI Acceleration Kit brings affordable enterprise infrastructure with familiar, common management from the data center to distributed environments. Powered by VMware vSAN software, the new offering delivers server economics to enterprise storage environments with a unique VMware vSphere-native architecture that can be deployed on a broad choice of hardware platforms certified by VMware vSAN ReadyLabs.

The VMware HCI Acceleration Kit pricing starts at $7,852 per 3-node cluster and the software licenses allow unlimited virtual machines.

VMware vSphere Scale-Out edition

VMware vSphere Scale-Out edition includes the features and functions most useful to Big Data and HPC workloads such as those provided by the core vSphere hypervisor and the vSphere Distributed Switch.

Memory and CPU utilization optimization in a virtualized environment can increase performance significantly over a physical system. VMware tests of Big Data workloads have shown that virtualized Spark cluster performance can exceed physical cluster performance by up to 10 percent.

The update featured an enhanced HTML 5-based vSphere Client that now supports 90 percent of general workflows administrators rely on. It also introduced a more scalable vCenter Server Foundation that now supports four hosts (up from three).

Eric Sheppard, research director, IDC, said: “With its new HCI Acceleration Kit, VMware will help to extend hyperconverged infrastructure beyond the data center by delivering a solution that can be managed by IT generalists and is targeted at healthcare, financial services and retail vertical markets at compelling price points.”

VMware also announced its VMware AppDefense for securing applications running on virtualized or cloud environments. This new security solution leverages the virtual infrastructure to monitor running applications against their intended state, and can detect and automate response to attacks.

The price of VMware AppDefense, which is initially available in the U.S. for customers using VMware vSphere 6.5, is $500 per CPU per year.

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