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By Goh Thean Eu September 21, 2015
Synergies with other VMware offerings
The launch of the latest version of VMware NSX also fits nicely into the VMware unified hybrid cloud strategy, as well as its recently-unveiled VMware EVO SDDC (software-defined data centre), company executives declared.
In fact, the NSX 6.2 is a key component of VMware EVO SDDC, according to executive vice president of the SDDC division, Raghu Raghuram (pic above).
EVO SDDC, which is designed to simplify the build-out and ongoing operations of a software-defined data centre at scale, is one of the key components of VMware’s unified hybrid cloud platform.
With EVO SDDC, it makes it much easier for customer to deploy and operate virtual infrastructure ‘as-a-service.’
The solution, currently undergoing trials with key customers, will be generally available early next year, said Raghu, who added that the company is “seeing a lot of interest” from customers in various industries.
“The EVO SDDC customer base is not new customers. They are customers which already know and use our existing products like vSphere, and they now wants EVO SDDC,” he said.
“We are seeing a lot of interest from customers which are in a hurry to build a cloud.
“These are customers which are currently undergoing digital transformation initiatives, such as those in the retail, banking and telecommunications companies – where if they can’t go digital, they will have a business crisis,” he added.
Data centre in a box
EVO SDDC is a fully automated software suite that delivers the SDDC as an integrated system. Raghu claimed customers would be able to deploy a software-defined data centre in just two hours, but qualified that claim.
“Deployment can be done in two hours – that is, assuming some preliminary work has been done, such as a site survey, knowing where to put the rack, preinstalling some software.
“It is a revolutionary advancement because today, it takes weeks or even months for customers to deploy a typical SDDC.
“The problem companies faced with software-defined data centres is that they were packed like system integrators. Companies would have to go procure the hardware, the switches, the network, and the software, and put it all together.
“Now they don’t have to do all of that – it is ready-made,” he claimed.
“It’s like people building a home theatre by themselves, versus buying a home theatre in a box. So ours is like buying a home theatre in a box,” he added.
Included in VMware EVO SDDC is the VMware EVO SDDC Manager, an automated engine that will help simplify and reduce the time it takes to provision and monitor virtual and physical resources, according to VMware.
It also provides automated lifecycle management of the entire hardware and VMware-integrated software stack, such as vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN, NSX and vRealize.
Goh Thean Eu reports from VMworld 2015 in San Francisco at the invitation of VMware Inc. All editorials are independent.
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