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VMware CIM Announcement


On July 12, VMware is setting a strategy to define and build a new category of software called “cloud infrastructure”, which is the full set of software that powers enterprise customer’s private clouds as well as service provider customer’s public clouds.  The Cloud Infrastructure launch — the biggest in VMware’s history —includes VMware’s flagship virtualization product, vSphere 5.0, as well as vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0, vShield 5.0, vCloud Director 1.5, and vSphere Storage Appliance 1.0.  Together with NetApp, these products deliver an intelligent virtual infrastructure that allows IT to realize greater efficiency, reliability, security and agility.

There are three themes for the new Cloud Infrastructure capabilities:

  1. Virtualizing Business Critical Apps: “Run Business-Critical Applications with Confidence “
  2. Cloud: “Respond to Business Faster: VMware and the Path to Cloud Computing”
  3. Secure Cloud: “Trust Your Cloud: Virtualized Environments — More Secure than Physical “

The key products being announced are:

    • VMware vSphere 5.0:  vSphere 5.0 now supports “Super VMs”, high availability and auto-deploy, delivering scalability, performance, availability and faster provisioning for the most resource-intensive applications.  vSphere 5.0 will be certified on NetApp Data ONTAP (at release) and 8.0.1 (soon after release) for the FAS and V-Series platforms for NFS, iSCSI, FC, and FCoE.  NetApp will support the vStorage APIs at release. 
    • VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0:  vCenter SRM 5.0 offers significant scalability improvements, a flexible VM boot sequence, planned migration workflows, and automated failback capabilities.  NetApp Storage Replication Adapter supporting these new SRM features is available immediately.
    • VMware vShield 5.0:  vShield 5.0 provides a single policy management framework, role-based access control, layer 2 firewall protection, improved scalability and performance, sensitive data discovery and validation of compliance against regulatory requirements for auditing purposes.   vShield 5.0 is a key part of the enhanced Secure Multi-tenancy (SMT) architecture.   
    • VMware vCloud Director 1.5:  vCloud Director 1.5 enables faster provisioning with Linked Clones, globalization, expanded APIs, and support for MS SQL Server as the backend database.  NetApp provides unique integrations around intelligent policy-based provisioning and backup and recovery in vCloud environments, which will be available in Q2FY12.
    • VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 1.0:  vSA 1.0 targets the Small and Medium Business market and delivers networked storage capabilities for up to 3 virtualized hosts with internal server storage or DAS.  VMware’s vSA targets an alternative storage service for small deployments in the SMB market (fewer than 500 employees) and validates the general approach of leveraging virtual storage appliances to augment traditional storage systems from NetApp.

NetApp supports VMware on its launch of the Cloud Infrastructure and Management Software portfolio.  NetApp’s support of each of the major CIM  launch components demonstrates how closely aligned the two companies strategies are around accelerating our joint customer’s journey to the cloud by helping them evolve them from a traditional IT architecture to a flexible, shared IT infrastructure to deliver IT as a Service.   Together, VMware’s cloud infrastructure solutions and NetApp’s efficient, flexible storage foundation will enable customers to drive their cloud computing strategies forward, confidently moving business critical applications to virtual and cloud platforms while reaping new levels of efficiency and flexibility.

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