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VMware Rolls Out 2009 Roadmap

As part of a major product overhaul, VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) described its plans to add thin provisioning and cloud-based services to its virtualization offerings on the first day of its VMworld show today.

With VMware under increasing pressure from Citrix and Microsoft, which recently launched Hyper-V technology, the vendor is putting its faith in its Virtual Data Center Operating System (VDC-OS).

It’s evolving [our] VMware Infrastructure [product],” says Bogomil Balkansky, VMware’s senior director of product marketing. “It allows companies to aggregate hardware -- server, storage, and network.”

VDC-OS is essentially the vendor’s existing VMware Infrastructure offering with a raft of software tools built on top of it, encompassing the likes of thin provisioning and cloud computing. “Think of it as the existing VMware Infrastructure software, but with a bunch of new things that we’re announcing in 2009,” says Balkansky.

First up is vStorage, VMware’s first foray into thin provisioning, which the vendor claims can slash users’ storage requirements by up to 50 percent.

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