New management and security tools will be in the spotlight at next month’s VMWorld Europe conference, a VMware official has told a Canadian audience.
At the annual one-day VMware Forum Toronto on Thursday, George Gerchow, director of the company’s centre for policy and compliance, gave several hundred attendees a few hints at what’s coming at the major conference in Barcelona.
One new tool will be built around what VMware has been calling Project Sandbox, an effort with the Centre for Internet Security to automate 40 “mission critical” audit compliance controls to help ensure the movement of applications to virtual machines.
The tool was previewed behind closed doors to select organizations at the VMWorld conference in San Francisco in August, Gerchow said.
“This is going to be that last stage that holds up virtualization and cloud adoption,” he said.
Also to be shown is a new software engine that enables “zero touch compliance” that will analyze virtual machines to find out if they comply with audit rules. The engine to be given away for free, will particularly be useful to cloud service providers who have constantly changing environments.
In lab tests the engine has handled up to 5,400 VMware virtual machines and 22,000 system changes, he said.
Some of the new capabilities will be rolled into the company’s vCenter Operations Manager
VMware Forum is usually held before VMWorld North America, but it didn’t work out that way this year. So Gerchow’s speech mainly dealt with bringing the Canadians up to date with announcements that were made at that conference.
VMware makes the biggest selling virtualization platform, vSphere. Recently it has been moving from virtualizing the data centre to cloud solutions.
Later in an interview VMware Canada vice-president Grant Aitken (pictured) said generally the pace of adoption of server and storage virtualization in Canada has been about the same as the rest of the world.
The exception, he said, is cloud infrastructure services. In part, that’s because such services as Amazon’s EC2 an Microsoft Azure came to market first in the U.S.
But he said it’s also because of the U.S. Patriot Act, which gives law enforcement officials there the ability to access any data stored in the U.S. Many Canadian companies won’t allow data to be held offshore, Aitken said.
“The Patriot Act definitely comes into the conversation in almost every occasion as you drill into why (customers) are using or waiting for the right Canadian service to come along to meet their needs,” he said.