VMworld 2010: News in review

Keith Kessinger, Assistant Site Editor

Every year, VMworld is the epicenter of virtualization news and products announcements. At this year's conference, the unveiling of vCloud Director

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had many attendees talking.

As it turned out, the much-anticipated vCloud Director raised more questions than answers. The vCloud Director management tool is dependent on several third-party products to achieve a fully functional cloud architecture. And early adopters of vCloud Director will have to work around several technical and design limitations.

In the end, VMworld 2010 was the biggest VMware conference to date, with more than 17,000 attendees and 85 countries represented. Judging by the photos, the Moscone Center in San Francisco -- the site of this year's conference -- was filled to capacity with vendors, techies and reporters.

As such, there were numerous stories that surfaced. Here's a quick recap of the most prominent VMworld 2010 news:

Best of VMworld Awards
More than 200 vendors fought for recognition at the Best of VMworld 2010 Awards. Products were judged on innovation, value, performance, reliability and ease of use. Find out which vendors took home the top honors, and check out the winners slideshow.

VMware customers virtualize Windows apps with Hyper-V
Using Microsoft Hyper-V to virtualize popular Windows applications -- such as SharePoint, Exchange Server and Active Directory -- is a growing trend among VMware customers. Hyper-V R2 Service Pack 1 is a mature platform, and virtualization admins say they no longer have to trade performance for cost considerations.

VMware users welcome Integrien acquisition
IT shops are turning to third-party tools to fill vCenter's management gaps, and now VMware is too. VMware will strengthen its vCenter product line through the acquisition of performance-monitoring vendor Integrien. But it's unclear when VMware will integrate Integrien's toolset into vCenter.

Kicking the tires on vShield Edge
VMware showcased its new vShield Edge virtual routing firewall. It's designed to identify and address security vulnerabilities in dispersed virtual environments. But users are wary about VMware's new security product, mostly because of complexity and cost concerns.

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