VMware's CEO made his pitch for a new type of operating system for the datacenter, and in the process assigned the "traditional OS" to the dustbin of history. Speaking at the start of the VMworld conference in Las Vegas, CEO and president Paul Maritz described VMware's plans to offer a "virtual datacenter OS" for managing server applications more flexibly and efficiently.
The VDC OS is an attempt to extend the use of virtualization beyond the server, where it is widely used today, and apply the same principles to all the other hardware in a datacenter, including network switches and storage.
By creating this virtual environment, Maritz said, IT departments will be able to move application workloads to new hardware easily when extra capacity is needed, and set up new environments for running applications more quickly. It will create an "internal cloud computing environment" for the datacenter.
VMware announced the VDC OS on Monday, and Maritz's job Tuesday was to sell it to a cavernous hall packed with VMware customers. Most of the products that will make up the VDC OS don't exist today; VMware says it will roll out the new software throughout 2009, including products such as vNetworks and vStorage, for managing virtual pools of switches and storage equipment.