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VMware Ushers in Virtual OS

VMware has announced its Virtual Datacenter Operating System (VDC-OS) which lets organizations to efficiently pool all types of hardware resources -- servers, storage and network -- into an aggregated on-premise cloud. Datacenters running on the Virtual Datacenter OS are highly elastic, self-managing, and self-healing. .

The VDC-OS expands virtual infrastructure along three dimensions:

  • First, it delivers a set of infrastructure services (called "Infrastructure vServices") to seamlessly aggregate servers, storage and network as a pool of on-premise cloud resources and allocate them to applications that need them most.
  • Second, it delivers a set of application services (called "Application vServices") to guarantee the right levels of availability, security and scalability to all applications independent of the operating system, development frameworks or architecture on which they were built to run.
  • Third, the VDC-OS delivers a set of cloud services (called "Cloud vServices") that federate compute capacity between the on-premise and off-premise clouds.

Unlike a traditional OS, which is optimized for a single server and supports only those applications written to its interfaces, the VDC-OS serves as the OS for the entire datacenter and supports the full diversity of any application written to any OS, from legacy Windows applications to modern distributed applications that run in mixed operating system environments.

"Automation and virtualization technologies are shifting the center of gravity for server computing from server operating systems to a new breed of infrastructure operating system that spans many distributed servers, " says Thomas Bittman, research vice president, at Gartner.

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