VIRTUALIZATION, IN COMPUTING, REFERS TO THE ACT OF CREATING A VIRTUAL VERSION OF SOMETHING, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO A VIRTUAL COMPUTER HARDWARE PLATFORM, OPERATING SYSTEM (OS), STORAGE DEVICE, OR COMPUTER NETWORK RESOURCES.
AirWatch is a big acquisition for VMware and this sets a new precedent in the vision for end-user computing. The new vision is for users to be able to access all of their data and apps on any device without compromise, and IT should be able to seamlessly and consistently manage and secure all these apps, data, and devices.
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In the April 24, 2014 report by Gartner, Inc. VMware was placed in the Visionaries Quadrant for Data Center Networking. The report marks the first year that a software infrastructure provider has been included.
According to Gartner, "Today, the data center network market is being transformed with new architectures, technologies and vendors specifically targeting solutions to address the increasing requirement to improve and simplify network operations activities to align more closely with business goals and broader data center orchestration agility, the changing size and density within the data center and shifts in application traffic patterns." The report continues: "The decoupling of hardware and software represents the potential for a fundamental improvement in how networks are designed, procured, managed and evolved. The potential for long-term innovation that could emerge with an open SDN-based marketplace is clearly disruptive to today's hardware-centric model." Finally, the report noted, "Rather than completely re-architecting the physical network, software-centric overlay technologies are emerging as a frequent discussion point with network designers and data center architects."
"We believe the fact that Gartner positioned VMware as the only pure-play software infrastructure provider in the Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking is evidence that the world of networking is changing forever," said Steve Mullaney, senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Security Business Unit, VMware. "Customers now have two distinct data center architectures from which to choose, one defined by software and the other by hardware. VMware's vision focuses on decoupling networking software from hardware to deliver the agile software-defined data center of the future. Our VMware NSX(TM) network virtualization platform promises to free customers from the rigidity, cost and complexity of traditional hardware networking approaches in the data center."
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This lab builder kit is designed to produce a nested vSphere 5.5, 5.1, 5.0 or 4.1 lab environments with the minimum effort. Prebuilt Open Source VMs and the shell of other VMs are provided along with automation for the installation of operating systems and applications into these VMs.
From time to time as a vSphere ESX/ESXi administrator you may need to quickly find out what firmware levels and driver versions are present on your ESX (or ESXi) host in regards to your Network and Storage interface cards. Our video today shows you how!
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