In VMware annual conference VMworld in San Francisco, Paul Maritz, a former high-level executive at Microsoft and now chief executive officer of VMware, said virtualization software will displace the operating system.
VMware and Verizon already unveiled a new enterprise-class hybrid cloud solution that is expected to move their applications to the cloud quicker and more seamlessly, without compromising security or performance.
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company makes virtualization software, which helps companies manage servers in data centers. Rather than having each piece of hardware chew on a single application, virtualization software makes it possible to run applications across multiple servers, or to run multiple applications on a single server. If you’re confused, just think of the movie “Inception” and think of a server as a dream.
The new solution, which is underpinned by Verizon’s global IP network and VMware’s vSphere virtualization platform, is expected to help remove the serious barriers to cloud computing option, simultaneously enabling the delivery of “IT as a Service.”.
With the new service, in trials now and due for general availability early next year, enterprises that use VMware will be able to shift workloads out to Verizon’s CaaS (Computing as a Service) infrastructure and back again, the companies said. This could help organizations ease their way into cloud computing or take advantage of greater computing resources when necessary.
The new service, which Verizon is simply calling “CaaS enabled by VMware vCloud Datacenter,” was announced Tuesday at VMworld in San Francisco and is based on two VMware products that also were announced Tuesday. VMware’s vCloud Director is a new cloud management tool primarily designed to help administrators move workloads between private and public clouds. Its vShield is software for maintaining security and compliance policies, such as rule-based access controls, as those workloads are moved. Both are available now.
Enterprises will be able to reach the service over Verizon’s private MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) wide-area network service, called Private IP, or over a Verizon public IP data service. The carrier has not yet determined the price of the new CaaS service, but it will have two pricing models. One will be a “pay-as-you-go” plan, in which customers pay only for the computing power they use. The other will involve volume commitments ahead of time, with the opportunity for volume discounts.
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