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LAS VEGAS — VMware CTO Steve Herrod used his keynote address at VMworld to focus on the newly released flagship vSphere 5 while also showing technologies that leverage VMware s leadership position in data center and desktop virtualization.

” The most exciting thing I have to announce is the largest VM to date,” Herrod told the crowd of 19,000. VMs can now be configured with up to 32 virtual CPUs and 1 terabyte of memory, Herrod continued, after first showing clips that played up the fact that he s made similar announcements, of significantly smaller systems, at VMworld 2001 and 2006.

In addition to laying out the enhanced desktop, security and application virtualization products, Herrod provided a sneak peek at VMware Navigator, which enables operators to see what services are running on VMs. Herrod also unveiled Project Octopus, a service that provides a file sharing capability similar to DropBox.

While much of Herrod s keynote focused on the newly launched vSphere 5 infrastructure, there were demonstrations on how vSphere enables a changed desktop experience.

Vittorio Viarengo, VMware’s vice president of end-user computing, unveiled AppBlast to demonstrate how legacy applications in this case Microsoft Excel can be presented to an end user using an Apple iPad via a Web browser. AppBlast is a lab project and is not yet available. When AppBlast is released, it will use HTML 5-enabled browsers.

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