VMworld 2015: VMware adds new features to hybrid cloud

VMware added new features to its unified hybrid cloud platform enabling customers to build applications faster, improve IT security and recover from disasters.

The announcement was made at VMworld 2015.

“With our One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device strategy and our unified hybrid cloud platform, VMware is empowering the next wave of industry leaders to deliver applications with the stability, security and reliability of an enterprise, while allowing organizations to innovate with the agility of a startup,” said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president and general manager, Software-Defined Data Center Division, VMware.

VMware’s unified hybrid cloud platform enables customers to create one consistent environment based on VMware vSphere across the private and public cloud. VMware’s unified hybrid cloud platform is built on a software-defined data center architecture, and offers customers openness and choice in how to build and manage applications and cloud environments based on their needs.

VMware vCloud Air, the public cloud component of VMware’s unified platform, allows the data center and cloud to remain connected so that all resources are accessible and shared across the hybrid cloud. VMware vCloud Air streamlines the digital processes required to realize the value of applications while maintaining the security and performance organizations demand.

Key new enhancements to be delivered include:

VMware will add a pay-for-what-you-consume pricing option to VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. Customers will pay a flat fee for each VM protected and the amount of storage consumed by the VMs. When a DR test is run or a DR event occurs, customers will only pay for the compute consumed when VMs are running.

Site Recovery Manager Air is a software as a service offering that will provide VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery customers with a comprehensive management solution for designing, testing, executing and orchestrating centralized business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

VMware vCloud Air Object Storage is a portfolio of cost effective storage services for unstructured data. VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by Google Cloud Platform is based on Google Cloud Storage and integrated into vCloud Air OnDemand.

Enterprises can easily set up VMware vCloud Air Object Storage, and will reduce the need for data protection with built-in redundancy. It will support global access use cases with easy access from any device, anywhere, anytime.

Delivered in a cost-efficient pay-as-you-go model, vCloud Air SQL will support hybrid data solutions that seamlessly and securely extend on-premises databases to the cloud. VMware vCloud Air SQL will support Microsoft SQL Server, with a variety of memory, compute and storage options, and plans to support other relational databases in the future.

The price of VMware NSX 6.2 is $4,995 per CPU and list price for a term license starts at $34 per VM per month, with volume discounts available.

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