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VMware Keeps VMworld Promises With Product Upgrades

VMware made a series of end-user computing enhancements and NSX software-defined networking upgrades.

VMware is quickly following up August's VMworld with product upgrades and enhancements that carry out the promises it made there, including in desktop management and software-defined networking.

VMware offered several breakout sessions at VMworld on Mirage 5.1, its management console for centralized physical or virtual desktop images and BYOD schemes. Mirage 5.1 is a component of its overall end-user management suite, Horizon 6.

VMware announced Tuesday that new Mirage 5.1 controls enable a desktop administrator to manage the bandwidth available to remote office/location desktops being managed centrally. The bandwidth measures can be set based on Active Directory sites or assigned based on subnets in the corporate network.

The control means an administrator gets a quality-of-service knob for his Mirage clients. He can prevent one location from hogging unnecessary bandwidth and maintain service to other locations, wrote Sachin Sharma, a product marketer in VMware's end-user computing unit, in a blog Tuesday.

Until the upgrade, administrators had to live with existing conditions and traffic chokepoints without any ability to revise what network resources were assigned to each end-user group.

In addition, Mirage 5.1 will include public APIs that allow Mirage administrators to gain access to the data that Mirage collects. A custom system inside the enterprise can now get the data it needs on an end-user system from Mirage. The published APIs are the first step to open up Mirage to corporate developers and third-party partners and make it more extensible.

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In another move related to end-user computing, VMware announced Monday that it had deployed Kinvey on its vCloud Air public cloud service and migrated its My VMware customer support app to Kinvey in the vCloud. Kinvey is a mobile backend-as-a-service for enterprises to use mobile apps hosted in the public-cloud service. (It's also sold as an on-premises system by Kinvey, or hosted by Kinvey in its multitenant cloud service.) Kinvey can support apps designed for Apple's iOS, Android phones and tablets, or apps written in HTML5.

VMware also said it has released VMware Realize Suite 6, its cloud management platform that can be used on-premises or as a cloud service to manage VMware virtual machines as cloud workloads. Realize 6 combines cloud automation, cloud operations, and cloud business management, such as tracking usage and identifying groups contributing to higher bills.

VCloud Suite 5.8 has been given policy-based provisioning, and disaster recovery has been integrated as a service option. The integration enables the use of VMware's core disaster-recovery software, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8, to be used with the cloud software suite.

VMware has also upgraded its NSX 6.1 system for software-defined networking to allow greater micro-network segmentation, scaled out its "equal cost, multi-path" routing capabilities for more flexible network use, and provided more granular security to particular network uses. The 6.1 release contains scalability and performance improvements.

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