"There's tremendous interest from VMware customers for reliable, high-performance, secure Clouds that are compatible with their existing applications and datacenter operations. VMware and our partners are uniquely positioned to deliver this, and we've seen VSPP bookings grow 174 percent this year", stated Dan Chu, vice president, Cloud services, VMware. "The new products and capabilities we announced today will continue to refine and advance vCloud-based offerings from service providers to help organisations more quickly gain the agility benefits of cloud in a way that is evolutionary and preserves their existing investments in operations and infrastructure."
We have standardized on a hybrid Cloud model because it is the only approach that provides the flexibility we need and meets strict data location requirements", stated Dr. Stuart Lee, Head of IT for the University of Oxford, UK. "Proven VMware vCloud technology at the University and at VMware vCloud service providers enables us to not only meet changing demands, but also reduce costs and improve data governance."
VMware and its partners will accelerate the journey to the enterprise hybrid Cloud with Global Connect: multiple service providers, multiple geographies; a single global Cloud. First introduced in August 2010, VMware vCloud Datacenter Services are enterprise-class public Clouds built on VMware Cloud infrastructure, including VMware vSphere, VMware vShield and VMware vCloud Director. Certified by VMware and offering globally consistent management and security, this network of service providers is expected to span 25 data centres in 13 countries by the end of 2011. Today VMware and its partners are introducing Global Connect, an optional feature of the vCloud Datacenter service that will allow customers to use Cloud services from multiple providers across geographies as if they are a single, virtual Cloud. Bluelock,Colt, SingTel and Softbank Telecom are expected to be the first providers to offer Global Connect services.
For multinational customers that require high performance (low-latency), highly available Cloud computing local to the countries where they operate, Global Connect was designed to will give them an easier way to address compliance with international regulations fordata privacy, locality and confidentiality. Customers will would work directly with their local vCloud Datacenter service provider, who orchestrates service delivery internationally with Global Connect, allowing customers to seamlessly leverage services from connected providers with a single contract and "single pane of glass" management across Clouds using vCloud Connector.
When a disaster happens, or a customer wants to perform recovery testing, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5 will automate and manage the entire failover process, and can also automatically "failback" to the customer's site once the customer is ready to resume operations. This is made possible by the new VMware vSphere Replication capabilities in vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5. VMware vSphere Replication is the industry's first hypervisor-based replication, which enables data replication across sites independently of the underlying storage arrays. This eliminates the need for identical storage environments across primary and recovery sites and simplifies data replication between customer data centres and public Clouds.
Announced on July 12, 2011, VMware vSphere 5 and the Cloud infrastructure suite, including VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, VMware vCloud Director 1.5 and VMware vShield 5, are the foundation for the enterprise hybrid Cloud. Together, these products will help customers transform IT to drive greater efficiency of existing investments and improve operational agility.
To help customers and service providers accelerate the development of VMware-based Cloud infrastructure, VMware's vCloud Consulting Servicesinclude a complete portfolio of professional services offerings to provide a common blueprint for next-generation infrastructure. Today, VMware is introducing an updated version of the VMware vCloud Architecture Tookit, which includes design guidelines and examples to help customers build hybrid Cloud environments.
VMware vCloud Connector 1.5 is currently available as a free beta download. It is expected to be generally available in Q4 2011.