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VMware Unveils Infrastructure Software For Cloud Computing

The Virtual Datacenter Operating System shifts the center of server computing from individual operating systems to infrastructure software that spans many distributed servers.

VMware on Monday unveiled infrastructure software that pools hardware resources, such as servers, storage, and network, into an on-premises cloud computing environment.

The Virtual Datacenter Operating System, launched at the VMworld 2008 conference in Las Vegas, allocates resources to applications based on the workloads they're handling at a particular time. The VDC-OS also delivers a set of application services, such as security and scalability. These services are independent of the operating system, development frameworks, or architecture on which the applications were built to run.

VDC-OS shifts the center of server computing from individual operating systems to infrastructure software that spans many distributed servers, VMware said. In essence, the technology serves as the operating system for the entire data center.

The application services within VDC-OS include fault tolerance, in which an application is shifted to a different machine during a hardware failure. This automated action prevents downtime and eliminates the need for server clustering, VMware said.

Other app services include data recovery through application backup and security through technology that monitors virtual machines to detect and stop viruses, rootkits, and other malware.

On the storage and network side, VDC-OS provides on-demand allocation of on-premises resources, VMware said. Coming to the new technology later this year are management capabilities that include policy-based change and configuration management with automated enforcement across the virtualization infrastructure.

Other upcoming management-related technologies continuously analyze and plan capacity for optimal sizing of virtual machines and resource pools, VMware said. Still other software monitors end-user response time for applications, correlates these times with elements in the infrastructure, and triggers remedial actions to alleviate bottlenecks.

The new management capabilities will complement VMware's current products, which include Lifecycle Manager for automated provisioning, Lab Manager for application development, and Stage Manager for application deployment.

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