VMworld 2017 Recap: VMware Doubles Down on Cloud

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Technology is moving at a rapid pace.

And, with the rise of Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud, it will only get faster.

In his keynote at VMworld 2017, VMware’s chief executive officer (CEO) Pat Gelsinger resounded an oft-quoted phrase: 

To keep pace with technological changes and market demands, you must eventually make your data center cloud-ready.

VMware is leading the way to cloud by providing enabling technologies that help organizations get there at their own pace.

During the past year, the company has made great strides in deepening its relationships with the in-crowd of technology innovators – including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Pivotal. Through these partnerships, VMware is well-positioned to help you achieve the benefits of cloud.

VMware’s goal is to connect people to apps and services to weave a new fabric of innovation and drive even larger results.

Any Application, Any Cloud, Any Device

A key message at VMworld 2017: Transform your data center to run, manage, connect and secure any application on any cloud to any device.

"Companies are focused on digital transformation to deliver new customer experiences through applications and services," said Rajiv Ramaswami, chief operating officer, Products and Cloud Services, VMware.

VMware introduced a roadmap that will help enterprises achieve this transformation so that they can innovate and provide services faster.

The roadmap calls for the Big Three of IT portfolios: cloud, digital workspace, and security.

Here Are VMware’s Steps to IT Transformation:

1. Get your house in order.

The first step to digital transformation is making your on-premises environment cloud-ready. To do this, organizations should upgrade to vSphere 6.5 and use VMware NSX and vSAN to virtualize their network and storage environments. These cloud-ready technologies will accelerate your digital transformation and transition to cloud computing by allowing you:

• Deploy and manage increasingly complex environments
• Handle big data and high-performance computing workloads
• Support hyper-converged infrastructures

VMware NSX offers greater security for cloud and cloud-native apps. It embeds security directly into the hypervisor, giving you a safe path to the cloud. You define your micro-segmentation policy once. Then, NSX will apply it to application workloads across any private or public cloud.

vSAN is the only vSphere-native software-defined storage platform. It helps you evolve to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) without risk. vSAN also lowers your IT costs and provides an agile solution that’s ready for future hardware, cloud, and application changes. vSAN delivers flash-optimized, secure storage with the industry’s first native HCI encryption solution — at a fraction of the cost of traditional, purpose-built storage and less-efficient HCI solutions.

2. Activate the cloud.

Over the past year, VMware has made great strides in strengthening its partner ecosystem and has significantly upped its cloud investment.

The company announced several new joint offerings based on VMware Cloud Foundation™, the next-generation VMware cloud infrastructure platform that provides a complete set of software-defined compute (VMware vSphere®), storage (VMware vSAN™), network and security services (VMware NSX®) in a single, integrated stack. VMware Cloud Foundation gives customers choice among a growing ecosystem of compatible public cloud services, turnkey integrated systems, and certified server options.

At the conference, VMware reined in the initial availability of VMware Cloud on AWS, in partnership with Amazon Web Services. Architected on VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware Cloud on AWS can integrate your on-premises data center with workloads already using Amazon Web Services. In the past, your operational team needed to manage AWS separately from your VMware technologies. Now, you can leverage your current VMware investments and knowledge while running workloads in AWS.

VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, sold and supported by VMware as an on-demand, scalable cloud service that removes barriers to cloud migration and cloud portability. It also increases IT efficiency and opens new opportunities for you to leverage your hybrid cloud environment.

In addition, VMware and Pivotal Software, in collaboration with Google Cloud, unveiled Pivotal Container Service™ (PKS). This new product enables enterprises and service providers to deliver production-ready Kubernetes on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), with constant compatibility to Google Container Engine (GKE). PKS can help software teams drive innovation and hasten application deployment — particularly if they use containers and need a reliable, scalable orchestration platform such as Kubernetes.

3. Leverage the cloud as a platform.

The average organization uses 13 cloud applications and runs them across four different clouds.

As your cloud connections increase, it will get harder to track everything that happens in your environment.

At VMworld 2017, VMware announced a set of new cloud services that offer a unified approach to the cloud. With these services, you can gain end-to-end visibility into your cloud usage, costs, network traffic, metrics monitoring, and analytics. You can also deliver consistent security across both public clouds and on-premises environments.

VMware’s initial set of cloud services includes:

  • VMware App Defense: A data center endpoint security solution that protects applications by embedding application control, along with threat detection and response capabilities, into the VMware vSphere-based environments where they live.

  • VMware Cost Insight: A cost monitoring and optimization service for public and private clouds that helps IT teams analyze cloud spend, find savings, and communicate the cost of services to the business.

  • VMware Discovery: An automated inventory service that improves cloud visibility and tames shadow IT by bringing together inventory information and cloud accounts from multiple clouds. This makes it easy for IT to search for and identify the workloads deployed from their enterprise.

  • VMware Network Insight: A network and security analysis service offering that is built for public clouds and software-defined data centers.

  • VMware NSX Cloud: A service that provides consistent networking and security for applications running in multiple private and public clouds, via a single management console and common API

  • WaveFront by VMware: A metrics monitoring and analytics platform that handles the high-scale requirements of modern cloud-native applications.

4. Use the cloud to innovate.

Cloud is the innovation platform of the future.

The more you consume and utilize cloud services, the more you can speed your time to market. In the past, it would take you months to launch a service or meet a new business requirement. Now, the cloud helps you drive business value at a much faster rate.

If You’re Not enabled for Innovation, You Won’t Be an Innovator

Some enterprises think that transitioning to the cloud is a slow and painful process.

But the cloud isn’t all or nothing. You don’t need to throw away your legacy tools and expertise to get started with digital transformation.

Wherever you are in your journey you must embrace cloud now. Otherwise, you will fall behind your cloud-focused competitors.

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