By Ian Jansen van Rensburg, Senior Systems Engineering Manager at VMware Southern Africa
Towards the end of 2012, Gartner predicted that around 75% of large enterprises will have implemented a hybrid cloud solution by 2015, and today that figure is somewhat lower at only 50% by 2017. Gartner has said this is largely due to high aspirations with low deployments thanks to challenges around implementation.
It’s been a rocky ride for a number of reasons and one of these is the fact that the organisation is battling to overcome challenges in stability within the hybrid cloud, the development of the private cloud and working to adapt to the shift in how IT is delivered. To get the most out of the hybrid cloud, there needs to be increased flexibility and reduced costs within secure environments and seamless efficiency. That’s how to really use the technology well, to get the most out of what it can do, and we’ve launched the new VMware vSphere 6 to do just that.
vSphere 6 is the evolution of our virtualization offering, providing the foundation for the enterprise hybrid cloud and boasting significant features that make it easier for the business to thrive within this environment. It has more than 650 new features and innovations and provides a simple path to building OpenStack Clouds – we have designed it to give customers a resilient, on-demand cloud infrastructure that can run, protect and manage any application.
Sounds like a lot of industry buzzwords, right? Still these are the ones used by Gartner in their 2014 Magic Quadrant for virtualization technology, a space in which VMware have remained the leader. Again. We’re pretty excited about how this new solution can really help the enterprise step into hybrid without limitations.
VMware vSphere 6 allows for the newest releases of vCloud Suite 6, vSphere with Operations Management 6 and Virtual SAN 6 to bolster its capabilities, and it has reinforced its ability to build and manage clouds with open framework support through the VMware Integrated OpenStack distribution. It is also compatible with vRealize Automation 6.2 and vRealize Operations 6.
This is our first ever OpenStack distribution and so we’ve designed it to give IT the ability to hand the developer open API access to enterprise-class VMware infrastructure. Customers can also bridge the public and private clouds through VMware NSX network virtualization and vCloud Air so they can craft a single and secure network domain.
This basket of fabulous capabilities has been designed to give the enterprise more control and improved tools that will allow them to deftly overcome their unique hybrid cloud implementation challenges. It gives you a foundation for establishing a hybrid cloud solution that can drive higher performance, scale and consolidation ratios and address the requirements around cloud-native applications and business critical applications.
Having support for a broad range of applications is essential, and this is a challenge addressed right here. Organisations can manage thousands of component instances of a single cloud-native application and can virtualise scale-up applications such as SAP HANA, scale-out workloads such as Hadoop and business critical apps such as Microsoft SQL server, Oracle Database and SAP ERP.
The technology also includes Long-Distance vMotion to enable live migration of workloads over long distances with zero downtime, Instant Clone to rapidly clone and provision thousands of container instances and virtual machines in sub-second timeframes, and 3D graphics for desktop virtualization. Then there’s the added benefit of Virtual Volumes, an industry first that enables native virtual machine awareness on a wide range of third-party storage systems so VMware’s software-defined storage control plane is extended to the ecosystem as a whole.
There you have it – something rich and new that allows the business far more capability and scalability while making it easier to get into the hybrid cloud. VMware vSphere 6 has new features, ground breaking functionalities and impressive credentials and is a great companion for the enterprise journey into the cloud.