VMware today introduced an upgrade to its NSX virtualized network software, as well as cloud management tools and integration with OpenStack, along with partnerships with Dell and other vendors.
The announcements at the company's VMworld user conference are part of VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW)'s campaign to go beyond server and client virtualization and become a networking company, challenging Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).
VMware NSX 6.1 includes network micro-segmentation capabilities, to allow organizations to distribute firewalls throughout their internal networks. Instead of putting a firewall on the edge of the network, organizations can put firewalls at each layer of an application, defining rules centrally. Micro-segmentation allows networks to take advantage of high-speed east-west connectivity, rather than requiring data to travel at slower north-south speeds to a firewall and back. VMware NSX 6.1 will be available by next month.
VMware also launched the vRealize Suite, combining existing cloud automation, operations and business management tools under a new brand, designed to provide a complete software stack for managing a data center and public cloud infrastructure service -- essentially, managing hybrid clouds. The vRealize Suite will be available by next month.
For OpenStack support, VMware introduced Integrated OpenStack, to help IT organizations put OpenStack APIs and tools on top of their existing VMware infrastructure. Integrated OpenStack is designed to allow organizations to quickly deploy an OpenStack cloud, and manage the cloud using VMware tools. Integrated OpenStack will be available in the first half of 2015.
VMware also introduced the VMware vCloud Suite 5.8, for building and managing private clouds, including policy-based provisioning capabilities to add compute, network, security, storage and disaster recovery services to applications and infrastructure. The new version supports up to 5,000 virtual machines per VMware vCenter Server -- a five-fold increase over previous limits. vCloud Suite 5.8 will be available by next month.
VMware claims its software-defined data center (SDCC) strategy can help organizations reduce capex by up to 31% if they use name-brand industry-standard hardware, and 49% with white-label hardware. SDCC can help organizations increase staff productivity by 200%, VMware claims.
In partnership news:
- Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL), VMware and Cumulus Networks are teaming to provide NSX and Cumulus Linux on Dell switches.
- Gigamon Systems LLC is partnering with VMware to deliver monitoring tools for virtual networks.
- F5 Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIV) and VMware announced the integration of NSX with F5's BIG IQ management platform.