Curtin University, Savills, sign for vCloud Director

VMware has unveiled its “hybrid cloud” product, vCloud Director, as partners say Curtin University and Savills have taken up the new product.

Singtel has named Curtin University and property group Savills as customers of its new offerings based on the vCloud Datacenter Service announced here at the VMworld 2010 San Francisco by VMware today.

vCloud Datacenter is a new program that sees hosting companies certified by VMware to run its newest offerings, including the new vCloud Director that allows users to federate IT between private and public clouds. The new product makes it possible for organisations to see IT as a single logical entity, even if some of it is hosted. A new suite of security products, dubbed vShield, allows the application of security tools such as anti-virus and firewalls to logical infrastructure.

Singtel has been named as one of five launch partners for the vCloud Datacenter Service, with another 21 in beta. The company’s Executive Vice President, Business, Bill Chang told SearchCIO ANZ it has implemented all necessary software in its Singapore and Sydney data centers, with the latter hosting portions of Curtin University’s VCE environment.

Alphawest’s Andrew Vranjes, the company’s Practice Manager, Data Centre Technologies, confirmed to SearchCIO ANZ that the company is ready to offer the new VMware products.

No more hypervisors

VMware’s push to hybrid clouds is, according to CEO Paul Maritz, a sign its days as a hypervisor vendor are well and truly behind it.

“We don’t make money from hypervisors any more,” he told a Q&A staged for the press. “We make our money from data centre automation.”

The company therefore unveiled another new product – currently called Project Horizon – that automates the distribution of applications to end-users. Horizon uses a blend of VMware View and ThinApp products, and links to web apps from software-as-a-service vendors to create a desktop experience that presents end-users with a suite of applications. Horizon can deploy that suite to a PC or a non-traditional computing device. VMware demonstrated the Horizon application bringing apps to an iPad.

The thinking behind Horizon, Maritz said, is a sea change in IT that is driving companies to take savings from server virtualization and use that money to redevelop applications so that they deliver the realtime information consumption experiences customers demand. Older code, he asserted, cannot deliver those experiences, so organisations are working to adopt open coding frameworks like Ruby on Rails and VMware’s own Spring. Such tools, he said, make many fewer assumptions about and demands on the operating system and hardware, and therefore allow the creation of more flexible applications that deliver greater value.

Simon Sharwood travelled to San Francisco as a guest of VMware.

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