VMware Unveils vSphere 5 and the Cloud Infrastructure Suite

Today VMware’s announced releases include vSphere 5, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, vShield 5, vCloud Director 1.5, and the new vSphere Storage Appliance 1.0. These are joined by vCenter Operations, which launched in March of this year.

The launch is being done via a live online event featuring presentations by Paul Maritz and Steve Herrod!

I’m actually watching the presentation right now and some of the new features in vSphere 5 are awesome!

The video below comes from the VMware blog and highlights and the 200+ new capabilities that have been added!

VMware Horizon App Manager Overview

Yesterday marked a major milestone for VMware’s End-User Computing vision with the launch of VMware Horizon App Manager, a user-centric management service for accessing cloud applications.

At its core, VMware Horizon App Manager includes an identity-as-a-service hub that securely extends a user’s existing identity in systems such as Microsoft Active Directory or other directory options, into third-party public cloud applications like Box.net, BroadVision, Google, salesforce.com, WebEx and Workday. This dramatically simplifies the management of multiple access credentials, a necessity brought about by the growing number of cloud applications now found in a typical enterprise. Simplification benefits both IT and users by collapsing separate identity silos into a single enterprise identity that secures user access across private and public clouds. In addition, the VMware Horizon App Manager provides an open, user-centric platform for accessing cloud applications within a single portal that is accessible from a wide range of end-user devices.

Horizon will leverage this foundation of enterprise security and policy to help customers manage other services including virtualized Windows Applications, published applications, data services, and some of their own next generation applications like Sliderocket, Zimbra, and Mozy.

This video provides a brief overview of the product: