VMware Updates Virtualization Software and Cloud Services at VMworld 2017

Monday Aug 28th 2017 by Sean Michael Kerner
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VMware Cloud for AWS is now generally available, as are new cloud and data centers technology updates.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger kicked off the VMworld 2017 conference today in a keynote session where he brought multiple partners up on stage to detail the virtualization vendor's latest efforts.

Among the biggest pieces of news at VMworld 2017 was the announcement of the initial public availability of VMware Cloud on AWS service. VMwarePat Gelsinger CEO VMware has been working in partnership with Amazon since October 2016 to bring VMware's virtualization platforms to the Amazon Web Services cloud.

AWS CEO Andy Jassy joined Gelsinger on stage to announce the availability of the new service. Jassy said that for years organizations have been telling him they are running VMware and have had challenges moving to the cloud.

He added that customers often told him they previously only had a binary choice, to either move to AWS or to not use VMware tools.

"Now you don't have to adopt a brand new model just to get consistency between on-premises and cloud," Jassy said.

Gelsinger noted that the VMware Cloud on AWS offering already has a broad ecosystem of partners. While the service is currently available in just one AWS zone, Gelsinger did say availability will be expanding over the next several months to AWS zones around the world.

Multi-Cloud

Looking beyond just AWS, VMware also announced multiple new Cloud Services that provide visibility across both public cloud and on-premises workload deployments.

Among the new services is Cost Insight, which provides organization with visibility into how much they are spending across their various cloud deployments, as well as identifying areas for potential cost savings.

The new VMware Discovery service is also about visibility, though its focus is on shadow IT and helping organizations uncover all the various cloud accounts, applications and instances they may be running. In contrast, the new Wavefront service provides metric monitoring and analytics for cloud-native applications that an organization already knows about.

On the networking side, VMWare has a pair of new multi-cloud services, including Network Insight, which provides network and security analysis for public clouds and software-defined data centers.

VMware's network virtualization technology NSX is also being expanded with the new NSX Cloud service that aims to provide a consistent approach from a single console that can manage both on-premises and cloud deployed workloads.

VMware also announced the latest iteration of its VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) 4.0 platform, which will be based on the OpenStack Ocata release and integrates improved support for containers.

vSphere Scale-Out

While cloud is a core direction for the future of VMware, the literal foundation for much of VMware's business today remains the company's ESX hypervisor and the vSphere platform on which it runs.

At VMworld, the company announced a new version of vSphere called the Scale-Out edition that is specifically targeted at Big Data and High-Performance Computing (HPC) workloads.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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