VMware Introduces vCloud Air Mobile

VMware integrates Airwatch MDM solution with Pivotal Cloud Foundry for vCloud Air’s mobile offering. Now begins a beta test of vCloud Air OnDemand. It should be available in general at the beginning of 2015.

The vCloud Hybrid offering, renamed vCloud Air, receives a mobile variant from VMware. According to CEO Pat Gelsinger, this shows that the “hybrid cloud belongs to the future”. This is a whole series of announcements at the beginning of the VMworld 2014 conference .

vmwarelogo”We believe that the cloud is moving from a period of experimentation to a phase of professional engagement,” said Gelsinger. VMware offers what the market needs – “a liquid pool of solutions without compromise or concomitant disadvantage”.

Bill Fathers, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Hybrid Cloud, showed this with concrete figures. According to this, 2 percent of all workloads were in a public cloud in 2009. Five years later, the value would be 6 percent. “Over the past nine months, the rates at which companies outsource workloads to the public cloud have grown exponentially.” He cited reasons for more flexibility, more efficiency for a once-in-a-lifetime strategy, and savings of “billions and billions” of dollars.

Incompatible environments would prevent a heterogeneous app from being brought into the public cloud. Companies therefore rely on a hybrid cloud strategy as a solution. VMware wants to support this with vCloud Air.

As part of vCloud Air Mobile, the AirWatch and Pivotal Cloud Foundry offerings will be available as extensions. In January, VMware had the mobile-manangement solution Airwatch taken . With it, companies should be able to manage their own mobility from a central console. It does not matter if it is one of the employee, the company, or a shared mobile device.

Piovtal’s solution extends vCloud with the mobile backend capabilities: Push Notifications, API Gateway and Data Sync. These meet the compliance and security standards of companies.

In addition, VMware announced the launch of a beta test of vCloud Air OnDemand, which will be in November for availability for first-time buyers. A usage-based, to the minute billing is planned. The offer will be generally available in early 2015.

VCloud Air also plans a Database-as-a-Service offering, which Fathers believes will lower the cost of setting up and running a database in the public cloud. It will support MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server.

In addition, VMware announced with EVO: RAIL a new solution for the Software Defined Datacenter . The new hyper-converged infrastructure will enable users to quickly deploy virtual machines in critical environments. VMware EVO: RAIL is designed for medium and large enterprises and represents, according to the manufacturer, the start of a new series of hyper-converged infrastructures.

vCloud is currently available in North America, the UK and Japan. VMware did not want to name a timetable for tapping into other countries, but Fathers said they’ve recently inaugurated a new data center each month. There are also 3900 distribution partners worldwide.

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