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VMware has announced a series of updates to its cloud services

VMware has announced a series of updates to its cloud services

VMware has revamped its disaster recovery offerings for vCloud Air users and added metered usage billing to the company’s virtual private cloud offerings. The company has also made changes to its network function virtualisation platform NSX in a bid to bring it more in line with competing NFV products.

The updates to the disaster recovery service, due to be released sometime in the first quarter of this year, will allow customers to replicate workloads back from vCloud Air to the customer’s primary environment and choose from earlier snapshots of their environment.

Customers will also gain better self-service automation capabilities, like the ability to define and deploy service and VM recovery playbooks in the event a failover operation kicks off.

The company also announced enhancement to its virtual private cloud offering which as of this week gains metered usage billing. The move means customers will be billed based on what resources are consumed by their private clouds (CPU, memory or storage), while allowing those resources to be resized dynamically if and when needed, rather than being billed for hourly or monthly usage for fixed resource instances.

“Public cloud is a part of every VMware client’s view of the future because it helps them move faster and get far greater value for money from their IT Infrastructure,” said Bill Fathers, executive vice president and general manager, cloud services business unit, VMware.

“VMware vCloud Air provides our clients with these benefits for both new and existing applications. The service enhancements announced today reflect strong client interest in a public cloud platform compatible with existing vSphere environments,” Fathers said.

The company also announced impending enhancements to its nascent network virtualisation platform NSX, including support for new protocols – Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) – and expanded network scalability (up to 200 endpoints). It also plans to enable virtual network segmentation, which allows network admins to define security and segment network traffic without having to create multiple virtual networks; the move will bring NSX in line with competing offerings from Cisco among others.

The NSX updates are due to be released sometime within the first half of 2015, VMware said.

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