VMware Inc. is reinventing its technical vision and transitioning to a cloud and subscription-based model in order to shape the future of enterprise cloud computing for the long term.
At the recent VMworld event, Kit Colbert, VMware's Chief Technology Officer, said that the company is in the third chapter of its journey, which began with a focus on compute virtualisation in the first chapter and has since expanded to include virtualising the entire data centre, compute, storage, and network management. They are now entering an era in which they will support multiple clouds and modern applications.
And their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives aid in its transformation and continued innovation. "I think this is a really special part of VMware. This notion that we don't just want to be successful in a narrow business sense but that we also want to be able to give back to the community," Kit explained.
There is rising urgency for today’s organisations to go fast and digitise. This year’s VMworld, VMware’s flagship annual event, focused on the idea of how multi-cloud is now the model for digital businesses seeking to achieve rapid transformation. Thus, VMware is looking to provide its customers with the ability to innovate digitally with enterprise control in this multi-cloud environment.
During the event, VMware announced new advancements for VMware Cloud, which the company claims to be “the industry's first and only multi-cloud computing infrastructure,” that enables customers to move their enterprise apps to the cloud in nearly half the time and for less than half the cost. Among the new innovations include:
A new portfolio of managed Kubernetes services to modernise apps on VMware Cloud.
Capabilities that will make running enterprise apps in VMware Cloud easier and safer.
A new initiative to support customers' need to run their businesses in sovereign clouds.
Tech previews that showcase the future of VMware Cloud.
Together, these advancements will provide VMware Cloud customers with even more tools to accelerate enterprise app modernisation, increase business agility and resiliency, and significantly reduce costs when compared to existing approaches.
“VMware has established a unique position in the world of multi-cloud computing by meeting customers where they are to help them achieve their cloud objectives,” said Mark Lohmeyer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group, VMware. “VMware helps to eliminate the false choice between business innovation and IT control. Our latest innovations help customers modernise apps, infrastructure, and operations with better economics and less risk, and boost developer productivity. And with Project Arctic, the next evolution of VMware vSphere, we will unleash the hybrid cloud for every enterprise.”
Delivering Kubernetes-Based Containers and Infrastructure-as-a-Service
VMware Cloud with Tanzu services is a new portfolio of managed Kubernetes services that will be available as part of VMware Cloud on AWS at no additional cost beginning in Q3FY22. In the future, other VMware Cloud offerings will be supported. Tanzu services make app modernisation with Kubernetes on VMware Cloud faster, easier, and less expensive than alternative managed Kubernetes solutions.
IT administrators can use the VMware vCenter interface to unify VM and container management on a single platform and quickly provision Kubernetes clusters. Platform operators or SREs can use Tanzu services as a multi-cloud Kubernetes management plane to manage Kubernetes clusters consistently across clouds.
VMware Cloud is Simpler and Safer for Enterprise Apps
As mentioned earlier, new capabilities are being added to VMware Cloud to make running enterprise vSphere apps in any cloud environment simpler and safer. Customers who have used VMware Cloud to migrate their applications to their preferred public cloud see a 46% faster cloud migration, according to Mark.
“I commonly see customers who have tried to migrate to the cloud for years and only got a very small portion of them to the public cloud. With VMware cloud, we can do that in a few months. We can move entire data centres in a few months to declutter their choice,” explained Mark.
He also stated that IDC surveyed many of VMware's customers about VMware Cloud and discovered that they were able to save money, with a reported 57% reduction in the total cost of ownership. Along with that, customers can also achieve 300% faster Kubernetes deployment.
Simpler: VMware Cloud enables customers to migrate to the cloud on their own timetables and run vSphere workloads on the cloud of their choice. Only VMware Cloud is available as a native service in 100+ regions across all public clouds (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Cloud), as well as 4,000+ partner clouds, private data centres, and at the edge. Customers can use VMware Cloud Universal to purchase and consume VMware Cloud from VMware or reseller partners while retaining the economic value of existing VMware perpetual licences.
VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts will be available in VMware's third fiscal year (Q3FY22), allowing customers to benefit from a cloud operating model for VMware Cloud infrastructure running in their own data centre or thick edge locations. This fully-managed offering will give you more control over your data and apps by delivering simple, scalable, and secure on-premises VMware Cloud infrastructure as a service with optimised access to 200+ native AWS services.
Dell Technologies APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud is a Dell-managed service that integrates the VMware Cloud experience into the APEX ecosystem. The Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, which is currently in private preview and will be available in VMware's Q4 FY21, allows organisations to deploy pre-configured cloud instances in their data centre, an edge location, or a co-location facility.
Project Arctic, a technology preview, will put VMware Cross-Cloud services in the hands of millions of IT administrators. Project Arctic integrates cloud connectivity natively into vSphere and makes hybrid cloud the default operating model. Customers will be able to access VMware Cross-Cloud services through vCenter and use unlimited cloud capacity on-demand.
Safer: VMware leverages the power of software, a scale-out distributed architecture, and a cloud delivery model to provide more user-friendly security and data protection. Customers who use VMware Cloud benefit from consistent security policies and features across all environments.
VMware NSX tapless NDR, Secure Workload Access, and Elastic Application Security Edge are new innovations that improve security within and across VMware Cloud environments.
VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery enhancements speed up ransomware recovery and aid in the restoration of services and data.
VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload, VMware NSX Advanced Firewall, and VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer assist VMware Cloud on AWS customers in reducing attack surface, improving application availability and uptime, and increasing the effectiveness of security operations.
Support for Stretched Clusters in environments as small as two hosts improve resiliency for VMware Cloud on AWS customers of all sizes.
“The changes brought on by accelerated digital transformation initiatives mean software development teams are challenged to build apps that are more reliable, secure, intelligent and adaptive. They must deliver them faster, at scale and across any cloud. That’s a daunting prospect no matter where an organisation is in its modernisation journey,” said Ajay Patel, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Modern Apps & Management Business Group, VMware. “With the breadth and depth of the Tanzu portfolio, VMware is uniquely positioned to meet our customers where they are now, providing the tools, training, enablement and services that will help them progress along their entire app modernisation journey, across infrastructure, applications, and any cloud.”