VMworld 2018 Europe: VMware Boosts Server, Cloud, Container Efforts

by Sean Michael Kerner

VMware acquires Kubernetes vendor Heptio, announces Cloud Foundation 3.5 and announces extended partnerships with Amazon Web Services and IBM.

VMware kicked off its VMworld 2018 Europe event on Nov. 6 with a flurry of announcements that show a strong focus on helping to enable the emerging world of cloud-native, container-based services.

Among the news highlights, VMware announced the acquisitions of privately-held Kubernetes vendor Heptio, which was founded by the co-founders of the Kubernetes project.

Building on its commitment to Kubernetes, VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 was announced, providing an integrated hybrid cloud offering. Rounding out VMware's announcements, the company detailed enhanced partnerships with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM to help further accelerate cloud adoption.VMware

"With digital transformation underway worldwide, customers are increasingly relying on VMware to be their essential, ubiquitous digital foundation, enabling their business transformation," Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, said during his keynote.


Heptio was founded in 2016 by the co-founders of Kubernetes, Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda, in an effort to make Kubernetes more friendly to use for enterprises. In a video interview with ServerWatch earlier this year, Joe Beda explained how Heptio was building what he called an "un-distribution" of Kubernetes.

VMware plans on integrating Heptio's technologies into the Pivotal Container Service (PKS), which was recently updated to version 1.2, integrating Kubernetes 1.11 and VMware's NSX network virtualization technology.

"Heptio will be joining VMware on a shared mission to reinforce and extend our efforts to establish and create the de facto standard for creating infrastructure across clouds," Paul Fazzone, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Native Apps Business Unit, VMware, said during a call with media about the acquisition. "We feel that VMware is very well positioned to help with cloud transformation, having driven the shift across other domains previously with compute and vSphere, and networking and security with our NSX product."

Cloud Foundation 3.5

VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 was announced at VMworld 2018 Europe as the latest release of the integrated hybrid cloud platform. Among the key highlights of the new release is integrated support for the Kubernetes container orchestration system in an effort to help enable multi-cloud deployments.

"VMware Cloud Foundation sits at the core of VMware's hybrid cloud strategy as the simplest way to deploy and operate the hybrid cloud," John Gilmartin, general manager and vice president, Integrated Systems Business Unit, VMware, wrote in a statement.

"The offering delivers proven, comprehensive cloud infrastructure and management for the broadest, most demanding hybrid cloud environments--providing consistent infrastructure and operations for private cloud, public cloud and edge scenarios," Gilmartin continued.

AWS and IBM Partnerships

The VMware Cloud on AWS is a service that enables VMware users to run their VMware virtual machines and services on AWS. At VMworld Europe, new capabilities for the cloud services were announced, including Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

IBM's partnership enables VMware workloads to run on the IBM Cloud. Additionally, the VMware on IBM Cloud services is integrated with IBM's Cloud Kubernetes Service, which is a fully managed Kubertes offering.

"Today’s announcement is a testament to our successful and long-standing partnership with VMware that has yielded remarkable business results for thousands of clients globally on their path to digital transformation," Martin Jetter, senior vice president, Global Technology Services, IBM, wrote in a statement.

"With these new services and solutions, enterprises can migrate and modernize their most important VMware workloads on the IBM Cloud in a highly secure, open, multi-cloud environment," Jetter added.

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

This article was originally published on Tuesday Nov 6th 2018
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