VMware, Partners Make Noise as VMworld Opens
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Today is the start of VMware's (NYSE:VMW) VMworld conference, celebrating all things related to virtualization. A raft of companies in the virtualization market are scheduled to make announcements of new products and services ready or near-ready to launch.
The flood of announcements began last week with news from IBM, Tranxition, and many other virtualization providers. The conference even boosted the stock market on rumors that an acquisition or partnership might be announced there.
Top of the list of noisemakers was VMware itself. The company announced there has been 350,000 downloads of its new cloud operating system, vSphere 4.0, during the first 12 weeks of availability. VMware also said a poll of its users showed 75 percent plan to upgrade to vSphere 4.0 in the next 6 months.
BMC's private cloud management
Next in line was BMC (NYSE:BMC) with two announcements, one concerning VMware and one concerning private cloud management.
The company announced that its BSM platform can now detect VMware VMotion events and help the infrastructure handle and record changes in the location of virtual machines.
"It's very easy for a highly complex virtual or cloud IT environment to spiral out of control, so it's critical that organizations have the proper mechanisms in place to ensure changes and events are promptly detected, well documented and reacted upon appropriately," said Kia Behnia, BMC's CTO, in a statement.
BMC also announced BMC for Virtualization and BMC for Cloud Computing, products designed to help enterprises maintain compliance and security while allowing them to use virtualization, private cloud, and public cloud technologies.
"The result is simplified and streamlined deployment of low-cost virtualized environments, application resources, private clouds and public cloud computing platforms such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This is a stark contrast to virtual-only niche solutions that fragment IT environments and increase cost," BMC said.
Many more at the table
Braintree Payment Solutions, a cloud computing restaurant industry vertical specialist, said that it is aiding PCI compliance at reservation engine Open Table by allowing Open Table to store tokens rather than actual credit card numbers in its databases.
Another vendor, Precise, is announcing that its Transaction Performance Management (TPM) solution is being used by VMworld exhibitor and hosting and network provider Savvis (NASDAQ: SVVS) to manage outsourced infrastructure run by Savvis for its customers.
VMLogix, another VMworld exhibitor, will be showing off VMLogix LabManager 3.8, announced last week. The updated virtualization manager now supports vSphere 4.0 and also supports Microsoft's latest hypervisor, Windows Server 2008 R2. It also supports more complex routing configurations.
"Our newest release offers capabilities that make it even easier for organizations to integrate their virtual labs into their infrastructure as well as manage virtual machine instances within their deployment," said Sameer Dholakia, VMLogix CEO, in a statement.