4 major announcements made at VMworld and what they mean for SHI customers
I’m fresh off the 10th annual VMworld, and amid the sea of often conflicting visions for the future IT landscape, one constant remains: Organizations are making IT architecture decisions today that will provide the foundation for future success or failure.
SHI has made significant investments in building resources and processes to help our customers make sense of these different visions. To help wade through the sea of change, here is a summary of the major themes and announcements from last week’s VMworld, along with how SHI can provide additional customer insight and support:
1. vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) becomes generally available to U.S. customers in September.
Back in May, VMware announced vCHS, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering built on VMware vSphere that enables customers to extend the same skills, tools, networking, and security models across both on-premises and off-premises environments. The Early Access Program’s momentum signals the potential demand for vCHS when it becomes generally available this month.
What this means for SHI customers: As one of VMware’s top partners, SHI has substantial experience helping customers transform their business based on VMware’s virtualization platform, of which vCHS is a natural extension. SHI was also one of VMware’s initial vCHS launch partners, so we’ve had a few months’ head start on other technology resellers. In that time, we’ve built resources and processes to support our customers’ adoption of vCHS and help them maximize their IT investment.
2. VMware introduces Virtual SAN (vSAN) to deliver simple and dynamic storage for virtual machines.
vSAN, a new technology that extends VMware vSphere to pool compute and direct-attached storage, will deliver a virtual data plane that clusters server disks and flash to create high-performance, resilient shared storage designed for virtual machines. Similar to VMware NSX, vSAN is built on a distributed architecture that will enable storage services to scale out linearly to match the needs of the application.
What this means for SHI customers: Customers will have an opportunity to leverage the vSAN technology to help expand their resources while simplifying the management of their infrastructure. IT can focus on supporting the needs of applications, rather just building out more storage.
3. EMC and VMware join forces around software-defined storage and VMware Virtual SAN.
The initial offerings emerging from this software-defined storage collaboration will focus on the small- to medium-sized business (SMB) and small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) markets. In these markets, customers tend to use vSphere singularly across a broad set of workloads, making the simplicity and tight integration of VMware Virtual SAN with VMware vCenter Server compelling.
What this means for SHI customers: SHI is uniquely positioned to take early advantage of the recent VMware and EMC announcements. We have strategic relationships with both VMware and EMC. Not only are we a top reseller for both companies’ technologies, but we were also an early provider of cloud services powered by VMware and EMC. SHI’s managed Backend as a Service (BaaS) uses a combination of SHI’s managed services and EMC technologies — specifically, Avamar and Data Domain — to provide high-speed deduplication, predictable performance, and simple scalability for servers, desktops, and laptops.
4. VMware unveils NSX platform for network virtualization.
Of all of the announcements made at VMworld, VMware’s unveiling of NSX created the most buzz. VMware NSX is a network virtualization platform that will deliver the entire networking and security model in software, decoupled from networking hardware. By virtualizing the network, VMware NSX delivers a new operational model for networking that breaks through current physical network barriers and enables data center operators to achieve significantly better speed and agility while reducing costs.
VMware’s approach to network virtualization enables data center operators to treat their physical network as a pool of transport capacity that can be consumed and repurposed on demand. Virtual networks are programmatically created, provisioned, and managed, utilizing the underlying physical network for simple IP connectivity. Similar to other distributed VMware vSphere services, VMware NSX is built upon a distributed architecture where the network services are integrated with the hypervisor kernel. This enables network services to scale out in concert with the hypervisor to meet the application’s needs.
With network virtualization, each application’s virtual network and security architecture are as flexible and expandable as the virtual compute layer, automated with APIs, and abstracted from proprietary hardware.
What this means for SHI customers: SHI has made significant investments in our consulting and support resources to help customers begin to make the transition to these new architectures. SHI’s solution architects across our virtualization, mobility, and infrastructure practices are tightly aligned to help customers determine how to build a roadmap to leverage the software-defined data center. Network virtualization avoids current hardware limitations to accelerate the provisioning of network and security for an application, thus shortening the time to market and improving business innovation.
VMware’s vision and message at VMworld were loud and clear. It is going to continue to drive the industry toward the software-defined data center to enable organizations to leverage all that cloud has to offer. Software-defined networking and storage will continue the abstraction that started with the virtualization of the compute layer. How IT organizations prepare for this shift will play a key role in their ability to deliver applications in a modern framework to any person, anywhere, on any device.
SHI’s message is clear as well. SHI will continue to invest in providing the industry’s best resources in order to build a platform that will give customers a new way of procuring, provisioning, and managing these new platforms and consumption models.
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