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VMware at a glance: Comprehensive VMforce coverage and new Veeam tools

This week's VMware news roundup includes extensive coverage of the VMforce news conference with analysis and reactions to the new cloud offering.

This week's VMware news roundup includes extensive coverage of the VMforce news conference with analysis and reactions...

to the new cloud offering. This edition also covers the new release of Veeam PRO Pack management tools for VMware environments.

VMforce coverage: Questions, answers and reactions
Finally, the VMforce cat is out of the bag.

VMware and Salesforce.com announced their new VMforce Platform as as Service that uses the Force.com physical infrastructure to run VMware's Spring platform. The VMforce underlying architecture should attract the six million or so Java developers and two million SpringSource developers that may be apprehensive writing programs in Force.com's proprietary APEX language. Ultimately, the goal is for developers to build "Cloud 2" applications, which are hosted social, mobile and collaborative projects.

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There are still questions that VMware and Salesforce.com need to answer, however. For starters, there were no details on pricing. Will VMfoce have a pricing structure similar to Amazon EC2, or will they adopt a different model? Another concern is network latency for data that isn't stored locally. Will this bog down performance? We'll just have to wait for the extended preview that's due later this year to answer these questions.

Nevertheless, if you are a VMware admin and you don't believe the VMforce news affects you, or if you're afraid VMware is getting away from its virtualization roots, think again. VMforce can be an extension of your data center, with scalability on-demand.

Veeam Software unveils PRO Pack for VMware environments
With the buzz surrounding the VMforce announcement, it easy for Veeam's new PRO Pack management tools to fly under the radar. The new management pack provides automated problem resolutions for enterprises using Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager in VMware environments.

Keith Kessinger is the assistant editor of SearchServerVIrtualization.com and SearchVMware.com. . He is responsible for editing tips, creating editorial guides and recording podcasts. Prior to joining TechTarget, he graduated from Northeastern University in 2009 with a B.A. in journalism and minors in both economics and sociology. You can reach him at kkessinger@techtarget.com.

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