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VMware To Announce Cloud Computing Vision Tuesday

April 21 promises to be the biggest day of the year for virtualization giant VMware. On Tuesday, the company takes the wraps off of vSphere, the next generation of its infrastructure suite currently known as VMware Infrastructure (VI).

VMware is positioning vSphere as its effort toward "bringing cloud computing to the datacenter." VMware first announced the broad details of its vision during last September's VMworld conference. At that time, VMware called the technology a "Virtual Datacenter Operating System," or VDC-OS.

The idea behind VDC-OS was to make all datacenter components, like processors, memory and storage, one big pool of resources that could be drawn upon as necessary. In the cloud computing vision, those internal clouds will connect with external clouds, providing levels of efficiency, scalability and disaster recovery capability never before seen.

Although VMware has kept the details of most of the new functionality private, it has previewed several key parts in the past. One of the most significant upgrades in vSphere will be VMware Fault Tolerance, which will increase application availability for mission-critical apps. VMware CTO Stephen Herrod, in his presentation at last September's VMworld that VMware Fault Tolerance will keep an exact copy of an application on a mirrored server, for automatic failover in the event of a server crash.

Another long-expected new technology is VMsafe, which will provide an application programming interface (API) for third-party vendors to build security products to work with vSphere. That will be especially important in cloud computing scenarios, where private and sensitive data will cross traditional security boundaries like firewalls.

VMware CEO Paul Maritz will officially unveil vSphere, including details about pricing and availability, during a live webcast starting at 9 a.m. PT Tuesday.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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Sun, Apr 19, 2009 Frank Buchan Alberta, Canada

Does anyone else find this "focus on the cloud" a complete and utter waste of time? Regardless of the efficacy of solutions in "the cloud," what is this sudden push? Some of us have been building remotely executed solutions for decades, the Internet is not getting any more efficient over time as a delivery mechanism (and not any more reliable), and for all intents the "cloud visions" seem to be repackaging the same old ideas with new terminology in an attempt to sell something few people enterprises have bought.

Couldn't these companies express less vision and start expressing more effective tools to use this already existing infrastructure? Oh, wait, that would probably require actual business acumen, effort, and real products...what rubbish.

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