What is VMware?
To know what VMware is, it is necessary to be clear about the concept of virtualization. Virtualization software has a simulator that executes in a virtual system the functions of a physical system (a computer, for example, with its hardware included).
This allows you to run several operating systems within single hardware using these simulators or virtual machines, making better use of resources and, as we will see, greatly reducing costs in hardware, equipment, space, etc.
Types of Software offered by VMware
The variants in software products that VMware offers to its more than 75,000 partners are very numerous. These end up becoming specific solutions adapted to the end customer, which can be any type of company or institution, public or private. And VMware adapts to all types of processes.
In general, VMware offers different types of software for different types of existing virtualization. To start, we can distinguish between two broad categories: Free software and payment products or solutions. Next, we will see which are the most important.
1. VMware Free Software
Within its free software programs:
VMware Workstation Player: a basic software to run a virtual machine. Currently, it can only be downloaded for free for domestic use or for non-profit organizations.
VMware vSphere Hypervisor: the platform that allows you to control and manage virtual machines on the same computer is called a hypervisor. Although it is free, VMware vSphere Hypervisor can extend its functionality in the paid version.
vCenter Converter: a converter that transforms physical machines with Windows or Linux into virtual machines.
2. VMware Products
The range of virtualization products they offer is very wide, as you will see below. They are organized by categories.
2.1 VMware SDDC Software
The software solutions included in this category correspond to the SDDC (Software-Defined Data Center) or data centers defined by software
VMware Cloud Foundation offers resources in the hybrid cloud (public and private) to run business applications. Another featured software product is VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, a managed infrastructure for local data centers and perimeter locations.
2.2 Software for Data Centers and Cloud Infrastructures
VMware products for virtual data centers include VSphere, server virtualization software and vCenter Server, which facilitates centralized server management for vSphere environments, both hybrid cloud-based products.
An interesting program is VSphere Integrated Containers: it consists of a container platform to integrate both containerized and traditional applications in the same infrastructure
2.3 Network and Security Software
The products included in this category allow management and secure access to business applications and data from any location with an Internet connection. NSX Data Center is the network virtualization and security platform for SDDC data centers.
2.4 Storage and Availability Software
The defined storage software (SDS) VMware provides scalable solutions for businesses to grow is not an issue within data storage.
vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) is a platform that provides tools for storage operations in virtualized environments. And in case of disasters in the data center, VMware Site Recovery and Site Recovery Manager Software solutions facilitate recovery.
2.5 Hyper Convergent Infrastructure Software
The same platform can integrate networks, storage, and other resources in a centralized and easy way to manage, using software such as vSan, a native Sphere storage solution.
2.6 Cloud Management Platform
It is a unified hybrid cloud management platform. It allows you to create applications with vRealize Suite under security conditions, provides automation and predefined policies through vRealize Automation and offers, with vCloud Suite, private cloud software for customers of other products such as vRealize Suite and vSphere.
2.7 Software for Digital Work Areas
We talk about mobility software that allows workers to perform their tasks remotely, in any location, and in the strictest security conditions.
Workspace ONE Endpoint Management facilitates unified terminal management, distributing tasks and managing all devices centrally and shielding layer-to-layer security.
2.8 Desktop and Application Virtualization
VMware has Horizon 7, one of the best platforms for managing virtual desktops and applications, and Horizon Cloud for hosting. Horizon Apps, meanwhile, allows you to work in a unified way, while App Volumes distributes applications in real-time.
2.9 Telecommunications Cloud Software
Telco Cloud offers cloud architectures, prepared for the 5G revolution, for companies offering telecommunications services. VCloud NFV is a multi-client platform for the provision of the network, storage, and other resources.
3.0 Other Types of Software
One of the positive things related to working with large software development companies is their constant capacity for innovation. In that sense, VMware has other software products that incorporate the most advanced technologies that are marking the digitization agenda.
Pulse IoT Center, for example, is an application that allows you to manage devices in scenarios linked to the Internet of things.
Another example is VMware Blockchain, a decentralized enterprise software platform based on blockchain technology.
The Advantages of Using VMware
The benefits of using VMware-based solutions for your business are multiple so hiring a VMware Engineer is a very important task. The most important advantages are as follows.
# 1 Cost Savings
Everything that is virtualization is synonymous with savings since it means greater use of hardware and other resources. In fact, according to the consultant Gartner, virtualization can achieve savings of up to 50% compared to the expenses faced by businesses that focus on physical resources (not virtualized).
In addition, VMware has a complete suite with all kinds of tools and programs designed specifically to make the most of the virtualized infrastructure and resources.
# 2 Increase in Productivity
With virtualization, “less is more” because it means an increase in productivity by providing better use of resources.
Some estimates indicate that IT productivity increases by up to 67 %.
# 3 Maximum Flexibility
Another advantage of having such a large suite of software resources is the great flexibility that VMware offers its partners to adapt their solutions to the needs of the company or the end customer.
# 4 Simple Portability and Migration
The support behind VMware guarantees greater ease in case of service migrations, for example.
# 5 Scalability
With a VMware solution, growing is not a problem, and it is not necessary to redesign the entire IT infrastructure to adapt it to new business dimensions.
In fact, it is desirable that your company grow with the help of the software, and that it can adapt to each new scenario with ease.
# 6 Security
From the protection of applications and data in virtualized work areas, for example, to backup and disaster recovery solutions, all VMware products have security as one of their priorities.