VMware Updates Software-Defined Data Center Lineup

Slew is an understatement for the number of products VMware just rolled out for the software-defined data center (SDDC). With these latest releases, there's no doubt that the virtualization and cloud company is throwing down the SDDC gauntlet with one of the most complete product portfolios for implementing and operating these environments.

Let's look at the big picture, then we'll drill down into what you can expect from the new solutions. Now generally available are: VMware NSX 6.1, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8, VMware vCloud Suite 5.8, VMware vRealize Operations Insight, VMware vRealize Suite 6, and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8.

With the updates, VMware's stated goal is to help organizations build, manage and protect their software-defined data center environments. But the company didn't stop there with the new announcements. VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office is also vying for market share in a software-defined solutions market that's building momentum.

NSX: New and Improved

The first new and improved SDDC solution is VMware NSX 6.1. This product promises to help improve the security, scalability and performance of both the SDDC and the hybrid cloud.

The new release adds more advanced network micro-segmentation capabilities, scale-out NSX Edge -- equal cost multi-path routing -- enhancements to VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.1 integration, and better hybrid cloud connectivity.

Customers who upgrade are not only equipped to deploy self-service IT, enterprises can also tap into what VMware calls an "economically and operationally feasible" way to deploy network micro-segmentation to transform data center security architecture.

VMware Realizes Opportunity

VMware vCloud Suite 5.8 is the latest version of the integrated offering for building and managing vSphere private clouds based on a SDDC architecture so organizations can pave the way for efficient and agile critical IT outcomes.

With the upgraded suite, VMware introduces new policy-based provisioning capabilities and integrations that make...

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