While VMware had no shortage of new and updated products to debut at its VMworld conference, being held this week in Las Vegas, many VMware partners and competitors introduced their own offerings at the show as well.
Many of the partner announcements, from companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell and EMC, were for products that augmented VMware's new software; others were for products and services that compete directly with VMware.
[ Doing server virtualization right is not so simple. InfoWorld's expert contributors show you how to get it right in this 24-page "Server Virtualization Deep Dive" PDF guide. | Use server virtualization to get highly reliable failover at a fraction of the usual cost. Find out how in InfoWorld's High Availability Virtualization Deep Dive PDF special report. ]
At the conference, VMware introduced a bevy of new products, including a new version of View VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) software, which streams operating systems to client machines. It also unveiled an updated Horizon, a portal that allows VDI users to easily download and install new applications from a central repository.
On the server side, VMware released version 5 of vSphere cloud management software, which was first announced in June. The company also added a new database component to its vFabric set of cloud application tools.
In a keynote at VMworld Tuesday, Stephen Herrod, VMware's chief technology officer, detailed how all these products could work together in an integrated infrastructure, one that would free applications and data from any one platform or end-user device. "It should be all about people. There is not one place I go, or one machine I go to. So it really should be about the applications and data. I want to get access to get specific apps that I want and I want to get data from wherever I am," he said.
For users who want to jump into virtualization in a big way, Hewlett-Packard has assembled a package of hardware and software, called HP VirtualSystem, built to run a VMware-based operation. It includes HP FlexFabric network equipment, HP 3Par and LeftHand storage gear, and HP BladeSystem servers. Built around VMware's vCenter Server software, the package also includes HP Insight Control to help administrators troubleshoot and manage vCenter.
Acronis and VMTurbo teamed on a joint package to monitor and back up vSphere virtual environments. The offering combines Acronis vmProtect 6, which provides the backup tools, with VMTurbo Community Edition, which provides the monitoring software.
Other announcements: Dell committed to launching a public cloud service based on VMware infrastructure. Samsung pledged its support for the VMware hypervisor in its future phones, which should help foster enterprise use of VDI on the phones.
While server-side virtualization is where VMware makes much of its revenue, a surprising number of products were built around the company's newly released View 5 VDI desktop virtualization software as well.