In terms of security, how do you work with customers to prevent potential unauthorized access, inappropriate use and loss of control of proprietary corporate information and applications? Who is and should be responsible for corporate policy distribution, management and control?
One of the main new features in vSphere 4.0 is the introduction of vShield zones. Previously, security zones needed to be configured around a physical server host and if VMs were moved from one host to another, security would need to be manually re-configured on the host. vSphere’s vShield zones allows security zones to be assigned around VMs and virtual applications and these virtual security zones are automatically enforced regardless of how the application moves across the physical host systems.
Essentially, any security policy or control that can be applied in a physical server setup can now follow VMs wherever they are in the vSphere internal cloud.
When it comes to application/software management, it is exceedingly difficult to manage and administer a virtualized corporate IT environment. It may be impossible or impractical to attempt to manage the cloud. What tools exist for the buyer to monitor and manage multiple cloud-computing vendors and their products?
VMware provides full management APIs to allow management tools including those from CA and HP so that users can use tools they are familiar with to manage both physical and virtual machines through a single pane of glass.
Any Asian based customers using it now?
One beta vSphere customer in Asia is TRW Automotive, a global automotive parts manufacturer and supplier. The company provides more than 40 vehicle makers with braking, steering and suspension systems, seatbelt systems, body control systems, safety electronics and engine components. It operates 209 manufacturing plants in 27 countries worldwide.
“We are already running VMware Infrastructure throughout our data centers in Malaysia and the US to reduce infrastructure and operational costs. After a quick test run with vSphere beta, we are excited about the additional and significant improvements to consolidation ratios, performance and manageability that vSphere offers,” said Chin Kar Wai, Service Delivery Manager, TRW Global IS.
“In addition, we currently use VMware’s technology to create an internal cloud with dynamic resource provisioning and usage chargeback models. vSphere will automate a lot more functions, like storage provisioning and security, to enable our internal cloud to deliver higher performance levels than what hardware solutions provide at much higher cost.”