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VMworld Europe 2013 announcements



We just finished the VMworld Europe 2013 keynote session and the news is overwhelming. VMware has announced a ton of new products, features and a company acquisition. The following announcements where made:

End User Computing

  • VMware View 5.3 and Horizon Mirage 4.3 were announced.
  • VMware Horizon Suite 5.3 will include vSAN and vCOPS for VMware Horizon View.
  • VMware acquired Desktone to enable multi-tenancy, selfservice, grid based desktop as a service.


  • VMware announced vCloud Automation Center 6.0 (vCAC) which now includes vCloud Application Director and will support VMware NSX, vCloud Hybrid Service and OpenStack-based cloud environments.
  • vCenter Operations Manager Suite 5.8 was announced which offers enhanced performance analytics for business-critical applications like Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server. It will also provide support for applications running on Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon Web Services.
  • vCenter Log Insight 1.5 which includes enhanced integration with VMware vCops.
  • VMware Hybrid Cloud Management Solutions will include integrations between vCloud Hybrid Service and hybrid cloud management solutions. VMware will release a new vSphere Web Client plug-in that will allow administrators to directly manage vCloud Hybrid Service using a web browser and the vSphere web client.
  • vCloud Hybrid Service is now fully compatible and certified with vCloud Automation Center 5.2 and 6.0.


  • vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.5 for back-up & recovery integration with VMware vSphere. It will include new capabilities including network-efficient backup, data replication, a new Microsoft SharePoint agent, and automatic back-up verification.
  • VMware recently acquired Virsto. Virsto write cache is available now.


Erik Scholten is the founder of VMGuru and works as a Specialist SE for SDDC at VMware Benelux. He has over 17 years experience as a system/network engineer, consultant and Solution Architect and he specializes in virtualization. His current job includes selling, presenting, designing and developing virtual infrastructures for some major companies in the Netherlands. Erik is a certified VMware VCP (3, 4, 5, 6), VCP Desktop (5), VSP (3, 4, 5, 6) and VTSP (3, 4, 5, 6). In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 VMware awarded him the vExpert award for his virtualization community efforts. In 2014 Cisco also recognized him as a Cisco Champion .