VMware has officially launched the next wave of its EVO hyper-converged platform, offering ready-built private cloud infrastructure alongside vSphere Integrated Containers, which enables VMware customers to operate containerised apps on premise and in VMware's public cloud.
The details were delivered at VMware's VMworld 2015 event in San Francisco, alongside a number of other announcements from partners offering support for VMware's data centre platform in their own products and services.
Designed to target larger organisations, EVO SDDC comprises a validated suite of software components that VMware partners use to deliver a complete integrated system. This is built from qualified hardware components integrated into a data centre rack to make it easier for customers to deploy and operate.
A key part of the latest offering is a new orchestration tool that takes care of all of the infrastructure, according to John Gilmartin, vice president of VMware's Integrated Systems business unit.
"What makes the EVO SDDC unique is the new EVO SDDC Manager. This new software manages everything within that stack, including the hardware, from top to bottom reducing deployment of these large-scale systems from days to hours," he said.
"It intelligently automates the common tasks associated with server deployment as well as with ongoing management and operations. It manages power-up, provisioning and monitoring of virtual and physical resources, including software, servers, top-of-rack and spine switches."
Dell was one of the original EVO partners, and is now joined by QCT and VCE, the converged infrastructure joint venture of which VMware is itself a part. However, while officially launched at VMworld, it is still undergoing trial deployments and customers are not likely to see full blown offerings until next year.
VMware also detailed support for what it dubs "cloud-native apps" with vSphere Integrated Containers and VMware Photon. Both were announced by VMware earlier this year, but are being introduced now as VMware's official approach to supporting containers on its platform.
vSphere Integrated Containers enables customers to run traditional and containerised workloads side-by-side on existing infrastructure, according to VMware, and makes use of the lightweight Photon OS, along with Project Bonneville which integrates containers with vSphere.
The new Photon Platform is described as an infrastructure stack optimised for containers and cloud-native apps, which includes Photon Controller, a distributed high-scale control plane that includes Project Lightwave, an identity and access management system to secure container deployments.
"With vSphere Integrated Containers, customers can easily extend their existing vSphere environments to run container-based applications alongside their traditional apps," said Kit Colbert, VMware chief technology officer for cloud-native apps.
"For customers building large SaaS apps or other massively distributed apps and looking at green-field data centre architectures, Photon Platform provides all the benefits of a mature and secure hypervisor core with a scalable, distributed and multi-tenant control plane."
Meanwhile, numerous firms announced new products for the VMware ecosystem.
Nvidia and AMD unveiled new GPU products designed to accelerate graphics handling for users of virtual machines accessed via VMware Horizon. Nvidia Grid 2.0 is the second generation of the firm's technology, and is claimed to deliver twice the application performance as the previous generation, while adding Linux support.
AMD's Multiuser GPU enables support for up to 15 users from a single GPU, offering a virtualised workstation-class experience with full software vendor certification and desktop-like performance, according to the firm.
SanDisk also announced new products to support VMware, including FlashSoft software for vSphere 6, providing write-back caching support to accelerate access to all VMware data stores including Virtual Machine File System, Network File System, vSphere Virtual Volumes and VMware VSAN, when used in conjunction with solid state drives fitted in each server node.
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