Ten years ago VMware opened an office in Benelux. During the past years VMware’s partner network has grown considerably. One of them is Raido. Jan Hosselaer, consultant at Raido: “We experienced first-hand the shift from building desktop and application solutions on physical hardware to virtual hardware using VMware.”
“Raido is specialised in virtualization. Because of this focus on virtualization our consultants work with VMware every day. We experienced first-hand the shift from building desktop and application solutions on physical hardware to virtual hardware using VMware. Increasingly, customers were choosing VMware as a reliable and stable platform for the foundation of their entire data centre. VMware was, and is still, the unmistakeable market leader in this field.
However, it was not only about server virtualization. Thanks to storage and network virtualization VMware was making serious headway toward ‘Software Defined Data Centre’. By virtualizing all these components, resources can be deployed more efficiently which means more flexibility for both the end user and the IT administrator.
However, the IT environment also became a lot more complex. That is because all components are inextricably entwined: in this way an end-user could experience problems via his virtual desktop because of a badly written sql-query which is causing problems for the database server. The result is that writing a good customised design and permanent monitoring have become very important factors in data centres. VMware Realize Operations (vROps or the former vCOps) is an indispensable instrument in detecting and solving problems proactively in order to guarantee optimum performance and availability of applications and infrastructure.
Nowadays, the job of the virtualization partner is to provide and implement smart solutions, as well as guide the customer and provide the necessary knowledge through training.
Innovations and market influence
Thanks to Horizon 6 Suite, VMware made a major step forward on the VDI market. The gap that used to be in the portfolio due to the lack of published applications has now been filled by the support of RDS hosted apps. Maybe even more important is the newcomer in the portfolio, more specifically App Volumes (the former CloudVolumes). This innovative application management and deployment method ensures real-time application delivery, as well as the long requested persistency in non-persistent virtual desktops. The advantage of the flexible non-persistent desktops becomes a disadvantage when users need to be able to install applications for instance. App Volumes solves this problem through the introduction of writable disks.
The narrow integration with the hypervisor (ESXi), storage (Virtual SAN), monitoring (vROps) and application management and deployment (App Volumes) offers enormous benefits. Our expectations in the field of End User Computing for the future are therefore very high and I think VMware will play a more important role in this than it has to date.”