Delivering the Building Blocks for the Software-Defined Infrastructure at VMWorld 2014

VMworld San Francisco is now in the rear view mirror, but what an excellent show it was—an opportunity to learn the latest through thought-provoking sessions and keynotes, and a chance to meet old and new friends. The buzz was all about the unprecedented level of ecosystem support for the software-defined infrastructure, and how it can serve as the foundation for an evolutionary path to hybrid cloud. The show also generated a lot of news: VMware, Intel and industry partners announced a series of technological breakthroughs that will make it easier—and more secure—than ever for businesses to achieve the benefits of virtualization and the hybrid cloud.

One of the big announcements at the show was the unveiling of VMware* EVO:RAIL, a turnkey, hyper-converged appliance that offers key VMware virtualization, compute, networking and storage software preinstalled on four Intel Xeon processor E5-2620 v2 nodes with 13 terabytes of flash-accelerated storage on Intel SSD S3700 drives. Because it is delivered as a pre-configured, ready-to-mount unit, EVO:RAIL makes it simpler and easier for IT organizations to add infrastructure without the complex integration. However, the real promise of EVO:RAIL technology is as a building block for the most advanced forms of virtualization, leading towards a software-defined infrastructure. EVO:RAIL can help organizations quickly and affordably extend their data center into the cloud without the expense, complexity and time commitment of “build-your-own” alternatives.

Intel also announced a new security controller that makes it easier for businesses to protect data within software-defined environments. The Intel Security Controller, released by Intel® Security, integrates with existing security applications to virtualize security services and synchronize policy and enforcement across both physical and virtual systems within environments using VMware* NSX software. This allows security admins to use existing security management applications to span policies across their physical and virtual security infrastructures, boosting ROI and security for virtual workloads.

Though SAP had previously announced the general availability of SAP* HANA virtualization with VMware* vSphere 5.5 in production environments, the first chance most of us had to see it in action was at VMworld. Intel, SAP and VMware hosted a booth to demonstrate the technology and show how virtualization, in-memory computing and high-performance Intel® E7 processors combine to extend SAP HANA to the cloud. With SAP HANA ready for the data center, the potential for real-time business analytics and an in-memory software-defined infrastructure just got more real.

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Tim is a strategic marketing manager for Intel with specific responsibilities related to the cloud, big data, analytics, datacenter appliances and RISC migration. Tim has 20+ years of industry experience including work as a systems analyst, developer, system adminstrator, enterprise systems trainer, product marketing engineer and marketing program manager. Prior to Intel Tim worked at Tektronix, IBM, Intersolv, Sequent and Con-Way Logistics. Tim holds a BSEE in computer engineering from BYU, PMP certification and a MBA in finance from the University of Portland. Specialties include - PMP, MCSE, CNA, HP-UX, AIX, Shell, Perl, C++