VMworld Kick-Off: It’s All About the Cloud



VMworld Kick-Off: It’s All About the Cloud

Astute read­ers may note that this site is called “Virtualization & Cloud Review,” with that last part rel­a­tive­ly new, as the orig­i­nal print pub­li­ca­tion focused on on-premis­es vir­tu­al­iza­tion before this cloud thing hap­pened.

It appears VMware may find itself in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion.

“VMware and Cloud do not nor­mal­ly seem syn­ony­mous or, in fact, near each other. VMware is still viewed as the on-premis­es solu­tion that is used for hyper­vi­sors, and then the cloud is viewed as a region­al solu­tion in mul­ti­ple loca­tions,” says a blog post pub­lished today (Sept. 29) on the com­pa­ny’s site at the start of its big VMworld event.

However, the online con­fer­ence is con­tin­u­ing the com­pa­ny’s effort to change that per­cep­tion, start­ing with the above blog post from a VMware Technology Network member, which goes on to state about VMware’s cloud solu­tion: “VMC on AWS has changed that land­scape, and the land­scape con­tin­ues to be changed.”

And the com­pa­ny’s ini­tial bar­rage of news releas­es rein­forces the mes­sage, with head­lines includ­ing:

  • VMware Empowers Customers to Build their Multi-Cloud Future
  • VMware and NVIDIA to Enable Next-Gen Hybrid Cloud Architecture and Bring AI to Every Enterprise
  • VMware Unveils Project Monterey: Re-Imagining Hybrid Cloud Architecture to Support Next-Generation Applications
  • VMware Delivers the Next Wave of Virtual Cloud Network Innovation to Connect and Protect Today’s Distributed, Multi-Cloud Enterprise

Here’s a look at some of the cloud-relat­ed news on the open­ing day of the three-day event:

  • Introduction of VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery, an on-demand dis­as­ter recov­ery (DR) Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offer­ing with a ‘pay when you need’ capac­i­ty model for DR resources. It’s expect­ed to be avail­able in VMware’s Q3’Fiscal Year 2021, which ends Oct. 30. More infor­ma­tion is avail­able here.

    VMware DR
    [Click on image for larger view.] VMware DR (source: VMware).
  • Enhancements to the VMware vRealize Cloud man­age­ment ser­vices for VMware Cloud on AWS, includ­ing the intro­duc­tion of VMware vRealize Cloud Universal, described as a cloud man­age­ment suite com­bin­ing on-premis­es and SaaS man­age­ment under one license. “It gives cus­tomers the flex­i­bil­i­ty to deploy on-premis­es or SaaS, inter­change­ably, with­out the need to repur­chase, for a con­sis­tent hybrid cloud man­age­ment expe­ri­ence.” More infor­ma­tion is avail­able here.

    VMware Cloud Universal
    [Click on image for larger view.] VMware Cloud Universal (source: VMware).
  • The avail­abil­i­ty of VMware vRealize AI Cloud, which is now includ­ed with vRealize Operations Cloud with a vRealize Cloud Universal sub­scrip­tion. It’s described as a self-opti­miz­ing ser­vice using machine learn­ing and rein­force­ment learn­ing tech­niques “to con­tin­u­ous­ly learn, adapt, and opti­mize your stor­age KPIs to deliv­er con­sis­tent and opti­mal per­for­mance for your mixed appli­ca­tion work­loads.” More infor­ma­tion is avail­able here.

    vRealize AI Cloud
    [Click on image for larger view.] vRealize AI Cloud (source: VMware).
  • Updates in VMware Cloud Director, which are coming soon in ver­sion 10.2. VMware Cloud Director is a cloud ser­vice-deliv­ery plat­form. Updates will focus on net­work and secu­ri­ty ser­vices, such as key VMware NSX‑T capa­bil­i­ties fully inte­grat­ed. Also men­tioned were increased Object Storage offer­ings and per­for­mance con­trols, along with enhanced sup­port for modern appli­ca­tion ser­vices. More infor­ma­tion is avail­able here.

    VMware Cloud Director
    [Click on image for larger view.] VMware Cloud Director (source: VMware).
  • Expanded Tanzu port­fo­lio of Kubernetes-relat­ed ser­vices and prod­ucts, includ­ing Tanzu sup­port for VMware Cloud on AWS and pre­view sup­port for Google Cloud VMware Engine and Oracle Cloud VMware Solution. VMware also said it’s work­ing with Microsoft to make a pre­view avail­able to early adopters soon. More infor­ma­tion is avail­able here.

    VMware Tanzu
    [Click on image for larger view.] VMware Tanzu (source: VMware).

There was much, much more announced by VMware today, with a sum­ma­ry avail­able here.

About the Author

David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.

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