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Spotlight on Integration and Certification for VMware Products
20 years back, VMware started as software product vendors, providing new boost to IT infrastructure in form of virtualization of software resources to better utilize the existing hardware resource. As the adoption of virtualization gradually moved from on-premise data center to public cloud, VMware solutions were also innovated and new products had launched. Now, the landscape of products has been such a wide that every enterprises and services providers would like to integrate VMware solutions in their IT infrastructure.

Very recently, Dell and VMware market was announced as leader in Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) market by IDC in Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker. That shows, how VMware solutions have been evolved to support cloud and new technologies required for data centers in the process of digital transformation.

In the process of digital transformation, companies or independent software vendors are seeking VMware solutions. They are in process to co-integrate VMware solutions to leverage benefits offered with VMware solutions and in process for certification for their own products.

Why VMware ready Certification?

Many companies build their server solutions, be it software or hardware (storage or virtualization) for their specific needs. However, those solutions need to have a check with the industry specifications and standards. Here, certification of software product comes into picture.

Certification is a way or a process that helps a company to have and establish credibility of their product in terms of quality and standards set by the certifying authority. There are different types of certifications done and provided by certifying authorities like VMware, Citrix, Microsoft etc. Storage or Virtualization companies who wish to opt for getting their storage arrays, hardware certified need to subscribe with any of the certifying partners. Once they subscribe for the same, they need to fill in their profile information. The certifying partners validate the profile information. As this process is done, the storage or virtualization companies can configure their hardware, storage arrays accordingly. Certifications are available and can be done in and for NAS, SAN, FC, iSCSI, Hyper-V protocols and many more.

Why Integration or Plugin Development for VMware?

Many companies chose to integrate or extend features of their solutions by developing plugins for VMware products to

  • Achieve vendor specific features integrated in user interface of VMware solutions
  • Enabling additional features for VMware solutions itself with server hardware
  • Allowing single interface for managing group of co-integrated infrastructure, which reduces manual operations.
  • Perform storage and networking operation on the fly using single unified interface.

For such integration. companies chose to develop their own plugin modules, either in-house or outsource to service vendors. VMware has become a leader in data center solutions market and all of their solutions support extensibility to get along with rest of IT infrastructure.

To guide leaders and technical architects, we have released an ebook, which highlights basics, process and challenges for integration or plugin development of VMware vCenter and how to get storage certification, compliant to VMware standards. You can access an ebook from here.

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Sagar Nangare, Digital Strategist / Assistant Manager, Marketing at Calsoft Inc.

Published Monday, July 01, 2019 8:58 AM by David Marshall
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