GoCloud’s Weekly Hosted Desktop News Roundup: #6

VMWorld 2012 Cloud Ops, Red Hat releases beta version of Enterprise Virtualization 3.1, VMware want to virtualize all data centres

Virtualization leaders VMware this week announced that they and selected partners have created a "Cloud Ops Forum to collaborate on industry-wide IT approach".  The new collaboration, which includes well-known tech names, Dell, HP and Insys, is intended to make it easier to access IT managers “help unleash the power of cloud”.

This should encourage some firms to make the move to cloud as it’s designed to help companies and IT managers decide upon which cloud model is the right one for them. This is one of the main concerns that many companies have, whether to employ a hybrid option, or use SaaS, IaaS or PaaS.

"Customers evolving to Cloud Ops are realizing significant gains in efficiency, agility and reliability,” said Carl Eschenbach, VMware chief operating officer and co-president.

"In fact, we have seen some VMware customers reduce labour (sic) operating costs by as much as 25 percent, freeing resources for reinvestment into new services that drive innovation and competitive differentiation.”

The forum is intended to provide consultation and further development of the forum, which in turn will help companies with planning and deployment of cloud services.

"The new IT will be agile — not only with technology, but with its people,” said Gartner Vice President of Research, Diane Berry, in the January 2012 report IT Workforce: The Road to 2016 and Beyond.

"This requires organizations to move from the traditional approach of ‘managing change’ on a project-by-project basis to building a more mature level of competency termed ‘organizational liquidity.’ The mastery of this skill will enhance the value of IT to the business and, ultimately, will impact the bottom line.”

The idea is designed to take away all the concerns that CIOs and IT departments express when it comes to security and compliance, something which has been a major factor in the slow take-up of cloud. However, the use of cloud within businesses is beginning to gather pace as more and more businesses recognise the benefits.

It’s thought that there will also be training made available to employees and the new Cloud Centre of Excellence will also be offering certification training for IT managers.

This is all part of VMware’s "vision” to create software defined data centres which utilise The VMware vCloud® Suite 5.1 and further simplify cloud adoption.

Beta of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 released

The first beta of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 (RHEV) has been released, which allows users to “migrate physical machines to virtual machines running on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.”

The full version is due to be released later this year and will allow virtual disk image files to be moved between storage arrays, without the need for shutting them down first. It also includes new P2V tools.

RHEV also includes management tools for both server and virtual desktop deployments and supports virtual machines “with up to 160 virtual CPUs and 2TB RAM, new x86 chipsets, Red Hat Directory Server, IBM Tivoli Directory Server in addition to Red Hat Identity Management and Microsoft Active Directory.”

Additional features include the capability for administrators to alter permissions depending on users and user groups and utilises a “browser independent” web admin portal which supports a number of languages. New virtual machine options also feature hotplug support, direct LUN access and “scriptability enhancements and support for storing virtual machine images on Red Hat Storage”.

VMware data centre virtualization

Getting back to VMware, the company has now decided that they should help companies virtualise entire data centres. Whilst VMware are already a huge player in the world of virtualization, they now want to virtualise every aspect of IT operations.

These include storage, networking and support for client devices in order to fully integrate all IT services together in order to create "fully virtual data centres (sic)," according to Steve Herrod, VMware's CTO.

"By having all the major pieces controlled by software, the software-defined data centre (sic) can be used to provision all enterprises services on demand," Herrod says.

The vision is to allow businesses to run fewer machines, as well as employ less support personnel and allow companies to adapt quickly in an ever-changing IT landscape. However, this is new territory for VMware and it’s hoped that the vCloud management tool is going to excel at “managing VMware cloud deployments”.

Whilst at the moment there may be limited use for the new vision, VMware have led the way in virtualization for enterprise for quite some time now. According to CIO.com, VMware are, as the market leaders, the perfect company to take on the idea of completely virtualizing data centres.

Whilst the company doesn’t offer its own public cloud, it has a substantial user base of hosting providers who already use the vCloud management tool, which are used by around 350,000 customers in 24 different countries around the globe.

"We want to offer a lot more choice in regions and types of clouds," Herrod concluded. "It's about developing a large ecosystem of public clouds."