by Adam Armstrong

VMware Unveils EVO SDDC Delivering SDDC As An Integrated System

Today at VMworld 2015, VMware unveiled VMware EVO SDDC designed to simplify the build out and ongoing operations of software-defined data center (SDDC) at scale. The SDDC serves as one of the key components of VMware’s unified hybrid cloud platform. EVO SDDC will make it easier for customers to deploy and operate virtual infrastructure as a service.

As with software-defined storage, software-defined data centers are gaining popularity across enterprise customers. SDDC extends the virtualization principles of abstraction, pooling and automation across all data center resources and services, making them more efficient than traditional data centers with the ability to lower costs and reducing deployment and provisioning times. VMware EVO SDDC aims to give customers a simple path to software-defined data centers.

VMware EVO SDDC is a fully automated software suite that delivers the software-defined data center as an integrated system. Customers will easily be able to deploy and manage virtual infrastructure as a service. It also makes it easier to build and operate private, public and hybrid clouds. Including in VMware EVO SDDC is VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and VMware NSX, which enables the convergence of compute, storage and networking onto a single, integrated layer of software that can run on any commodity x86 infrastructure. And enterprise and service providers will be able to deliver SDDC at scale.

Also including in VMware EVO SDDC is VMware EVO SDDC Manager. This automation engine will simplify and reduce the time it takes to power-up, provisioning and monitoring of virtual and physical resources. It will also pool resources across multiple racks to make a single “virtual rack.” VMware EVO SDDC Manager will provide automated lifecycle management of the entire hardware and VMware integrated software stack, including:

  • Compute – VMware vSphere, the industry-defining virtualization solution, delivers a highly available, resilient, on-demand cloud infrastructure to run, protect and manage any application from business-critical to cloud-native applications.
  • Storage – VMware Virtual SAN is the ideal storage platform for virtual machines, including business-critical applications. A 64-node VMware Virtual SAN cluster exceeds eight petabytes of storage capacity while delivering up to seven million input/output operations per second (IOPS) with nearly perfect linear scalability.
  • Networking – VMware NSX is helping hundreds of customers realize the full potential of a software-defined data center. Integrated within VMware EVO SDDC, VMware NSX reduces the time to provision multi-tier networking and security services from weeks to seconds, abstracting virtual networks from the underlying physical network. VMware NSX also brings security inside the data center through micro-segmentation and automated fine-grained policies tied to the virtual machines.
  • Cloud Management – VMware vRealize Operations provides intelligent operations management across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures using predictive analytics and policy-based automation. The combination of VMware vRealize Operations and VMware vRealize Log Insight enables IT teams to combine and analyze structured and unstructured data for end-to-end operations management to help them improve overall performance and avert disruptions.

Customers using VMware EVO SDDC will be able to easily VMware Horizon virtual desktops and VMware vRealize Automation to enable infrastructure as a service. Along with this VMware is considering integrating VMware EVO SDDC with VMware vCloud Director and VMware Integrated OpenStack to support service provider environments.

VMware EVO SDDC starts in capacity from one-third rack up to multiple racks and thousands of nodes at single server increments. Each rack supports more than 1,000 infrastructure as a service virtual machines or more than 2,000 desktop virtual machines. VMware EVO SDDC will initially be sold by partners but eventually the software will be available directly from VMware.

Availability

Partners are expected to start shipping VMware EVO SDDC integrated systems in the first half of 2016. 

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