SAN FRANCISCO: Virtualisation vendor VMware kicked off its annual VMworld conference by announcing a string of partnerships and joint offerings.
The company said that those involved with the new deals include parent company EMC as well as Intel and NetApp and include support deals as well as combined products and platforms.
Among the new offerings will be the addition of support for the EMC Avamar platform with the vSphere 5.1 release. The EMC storage software will allow VMware users to perform common storage tasks such as data de-duplication backups with virtualised VMware server instances.
The companies said that the features will help customers to simplify data protection tasks, particularly small and medium-sized business (SMB) users.
NetApp, meanwhile, is to integrate its ONTAP 8 storage platform to run with vSphere 5.1. By combining the VMware platform with the pooled storage system from NetApp, the companies hope to offer customers the ability to manage massively scalable storage pools for virtualised systems.
Intel is tying up with VMware to bring hardware-based security protections to the virtualised server space. The chipmaker said that it would be adding its Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) security platform to vSphere 5.1.
By integrating the hardware security protections into the virtualisation platform, customers will be able to identify and verify that a virtual machine instance is being moved to a trusted host server, the companies claimed.
Partnership and integration deals have proven to be a key part of VMware's strategy in its vSphere and vCloud rollouts.
During the company's opening keynote address, VMware executives outlined a number of plans the company is pursuing with partners, including studies on best practices for deploying cloud environments and efforts to better integrate with other cloud platforms.
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