VMworld 2021: Multi-cloud without disadvantages?

VMworld 2021: Multi-cloud without disadvantages?

With the newly introduced cross-cloud services, VMware wants to help companies take advantage of multiple clouds without having to accept greater complexity and higher costs. […]

Cloud adoption has evolved dramatically in recent years. According to a survey by VMware, 75 percent of their customers use at least two, 40 percent even three or more public clouds. With the multi-cloud, however, companies are also facing new challenges, such as how to maintain control over data and apps or drive innovation. This complexity often forces a trade-off in speed and risk management, resulting in slower execution and higher costs.

In response to this development and the associated challenges on the customer side, VMware announced an update to its company strategy at this year’s VMworld 2021 virtual in–house exhibition: from Cloud First to Cloud Smart. “Multi-cloud is the digital business model for the next 20 years, in which entire industries will reinvent themselves,” said VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram in his keynote speech. Therefore, it is no longer a question of a cloud-first approach, but of how to use the advantages of the cloud as smartly as possible. Organizations should have the freedom to choose the most appropriate cloud based on their strategic business goals.

At the October 5-7 event, VMware introduced VMware Cross-Cloud Services, a suite of solutions designed to help organizations find the best multi-cloud approach. VMware Cross-Cloud Services extend the capabilities of VMware’s multi-cloud product portfolio, from container support to networking, security and desktop software. In detail, the services comprise five core components:

  • a platform for developing and deploying cloud-native applications (VMware Tanzu);
  • a cloud infrastructure for operating and managing enterprise applications (VMware Cloud);
  • Cloud Management to monitor and manage the performance and cost of applications across clouds (VMware vRealize Cloud);
  • Security and networks that span the entire multi-cloud operation to connect and better secure all applications (VMware Carbon Black Cloud + NSX Cloud); and
  • a digital workspace to support distributed workers along with edge solutions to deploy and manage edge-native applications (VMware Workspace ONE + VMware Edge)

In connection with VMware Cross-Cloud services, the company also announced a series of enhancements around the five building blocks of cloud infrastructure and management, apps, edge and security and networks.

VMware Cross-Cloud Services integrate a variety of new and existing VMware offerings (c) VMware

VMware Cloud with Tanzu, for example, provides a new portfolio of managed Kubernetes services to modernize apps in the VMware Cloud. VMware also introduced a new sovereign cloud initiative to help organizations work with trusted national cloud service providers. The first VMware Sovereign Cloud partners are:

  • UKCloud,
  • OVHcloud,
  • AUCloud,
  • Datacom,
  • NxtGen,
  • Noovle,
  • Telefonica,
  • TietoEvry,
  • Telmex and
  • ThinkOn.

VMware also previewed the future of VMware Cloud with a series of technical previews at VMworld 2021. So shall Project Arctic Make VMware cross-cloud services available to millions of IT administrators. The solution natively integrates cloud connectivity into vSphere, helping to establish hybrid cloud as the default operating model, according to VMware. Customers are able to use unlimited cloud capacity on demand and access VMware cross-cloud services instantly through vCenter, Raghuram said, which is why he called Project Arctic “essentially vSphere-as-a-Service”.

At Project Capitola is a software-defined storage implementation designed to provide the best value for money for current and future applications by aggregating storage layers across DRAM, PMEM, NVMe, and other future technologies. Project Cascade in turn, it aims to simplify the way Kubernetes developers and DevOps professionals access resources in a cloud environment by providing a common declarative interface for leveraging infrastructure (IaaS) and containers (CaaS).

Last, but not least, VMware Project Ensemble a unified control layer for VMware Cloud that provides a view of all vRealize Cloud Management services.

*Manfred Bremmer deals with (almost) everything that falls into the areas of mobile computing and communications. He prefers to take a close look at mobile solutions, operating systems, apps and end devices and check them for their business suitability. Bremmer is interested in gadgets of all kinds and also tests them.

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