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VMware Expands Cloud Desktop Delivery, Enhanced vMotion for Servers

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VMware is a company that is aiming to dominate all aspects of computing, from the desktop to the cloud and the servers in-between. That’s the message delivered by VMware executives during the second day keynotes at the VMworld conference.

Sanjay Poonen, executive vice-president and general manager of end-user computing at VMware, explained during his keynote that users want services that are as simple to use as Dropbox but are more secure.

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“Our vision is to be the virtual workspace to enable every one of you to work at the speed of life,” Poonen said.

That’s where the new VMware Workspace Suite announced today comes into play, providing unified mobile desktop and content management capabilities. Poonen said that the Workspace Suite is the analog of the vCloud Suite that VMware has been delivering for several years for server infrastructure customers.

Going a step beyond just packaging up existing technologies, VMware also announced a partnership with Nvidia and Google to help accelerate the deliver 3D and high-resolution graphics capabilities to virtual desktop users. Poonen noted that it’s an effort that is all about the real-time delivery of apps. Together with Google and Nvidia, the promise is to enable virtual desktops that can run high-end graphics, even on a Chromebook.

“Even the most demanding apps can be delivered to a Chromebook,” Poonen said.

The new Chromebook capabilities are not just about VMware software though. NVIDIA GRID virtual GPU (vGPU) technology is required at the data center and NVIDIA Tegra K1 processors will need be in Chromebooks in order to get the full benefit.

Overal,l though, from an end-user computing perspective, VMware is trying to get the market to rethink what a desktop should be. Kit Colbert, CTO of end-user computing at VMware, said that the idea is to have a ‘Just-in-Time’ desktop, which is a desktop reimagined and inspired by mobility.

“The desktop is just the vehicle to deliver apps,” Colbert said.


For VMware’s traditional server customers, there was news today too. Raghu Raghuram, EVP of Software Defined Data Center at VMware, detailed some of the new features in the upcoming vSphere 6.0 release, which is currently in beta.

“We broke the laws of physics when we invented vMotion,” Raghuram said. “Now in vSphere 6 we have cross vCenter motion.”

The vMotion technology enables a virtual machine to move across different vSphere hosts. In vSphere 6, vMotion is now enabled across a data center and even across different data centers. Going a step further, when combined with VMware’s NSX networking virtualization technology, a cross country virtual machine migration can be done seamlessly.

“Network properties don’t change even if the underlying networks are different,” Raghuram said.

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Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Datamation and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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