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With
cloud being the hot topic on everybody’s mind, it’s no surprise that the major
trends and news coming out of VMworld in Las Vegas this week have to do with
what VMware has been calling the “journey to the cloud.”

Even
the Solutions Exchange exhibitor area is filled with IT vendors and channel
partners talking about the evolution (or in some cases, revolution) that is
happening as businesses and IT departments are embracing and deploying private,
public and hybrid cloud services and solutions. More than 250 companies showed
off the latest virtualization and cloud products, and more than 19,000 people
in attended VMware’s annual conference.

Here
are a few of the highlights from this week’s VMworld conference:

  • VMware
    introduced several new and enhanced products to make the transition to a hybrid
    cloud computing environment easier. Check out the full story here.
  • Following
    up on its announced of VirtualSystem for Microsoft and Citrix at HP Discover,
    HP introduced a version of VirtualSystem for VMware vSphere 5. See the full
    story here
    .
  • F5
    Networks built on its two-year-old virtualization strategy by announcing new
    technology that enables faster long-distance live migration between data
    centers, as well as enhanced desktop virtualization. The full story can be
    found here.
  • Cisco
    Systems
    and VMware announced
    enhancements to desktop virtualization and cloud infrastructure products that
    will increase scalability, security and performance.
  • Riverbed
    Technology
    , a WAN optimization specialist that has
    extended its business beyond its original appliance focus, announced its
    Steelhead appliance WAN optimization solution now accelerates VMware vSphere
    Replication, a new feature found in VMware vSphere 5. The two companies
    collaborated to ensure speedy replication using Riverbed optimization
    technology and vSphere’s new replication features. According to Joe Ghory,
    senior product marketing manager at Riverbed, the result of the collaboration
    is five times faster performance in replication.
  • N-able
    Technologies
    () announced its N-central remote monitoring
    and management product has attained VMware Ready status. N-central is now
    listed in the VMware Partner Product Catalog.
  • Trend
    Micro
    released the next generation of its Deep
    Security 8 technology at VMworld. With a theme of accelerating the journey to
    the cloud, Trend Micro demonstrated the server security platform’s new
    capabilities, which includes new features for both physical and virtual
    servers.
  • Virtual
    Computer
    , an intelligent desktop
    virtualization provider, launched the NxTop 4 desktop virtualization product.
    According to Virtual Computer, this latest product combines network-based
    storage with a stateless client-side hypervisor to deliver a high-fidelity desktop
    experience at a fraction of the cost of server-hosted VDI.
  • CSC‘s
    CloudCompute and BizCloud offerings are now fully compliant with VMware’s
    standards of optimizing VMware vCloud Datacenter Services. In addition, the
    company announced it is now offering a complete email solution, CSC CloudMail
    for VMware Zimbra enabling enterprises to build a collaboration hub for items
    such as email, file sharing, calendars and document management.