VMworld Kicks Off with a Slew of Cloud and Data Center Announcements
Just one day after kicking off VMworld 2017, its annual VMworld cloud and virtualization convention, VMware has unveiled a number of new services and partnership deals. New offerings rolling out include VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services, VMware AppDefense for application security in virtualized and cloud environments, and several data center-focused solutions for improved performance, security, and faster digital transformation.
In addition to bringing new services to Amazon's cloud platform, VMware also announced several other new or expanded partnerships with companies, including Dell EMC, HP, Fujitsu, and the IT services firm DXC Technology. Being held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, VMworld runs from Aug. 27-31.
VMware Cloud on AWS
First announced in October, VMware Cloud on AWS is a hybrid offering designed to "give customers the full software-defined data center experience," according to VMware. It provides users with the ability to extend their on-premises VMware vSphere applications to private, public, and hybrid cloud environments supported with AWS services.
"VMware Cloud on AWS gives customers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud that delivers the same architecture, capabilities, and operational experience across both their vSphere-based on-premises environment and AWS," VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said today in a statement.
Among the capabilities VMware Cloud on AWS provides are support for workload portability between private and public clouds, flexibility in deciding where to run applications, and the ability to "spin up an entire VMware SDDC [software-defined data center] in under a couple hours."
VMware Cloud on AWS is available now in Amazon Web Services' West (Oregon) region, and is set to expand to other AWS locations around the world next year.
New Software for Modernizing Data Centers
Several new VMware offerings are aimed at helping data center customers modernize their digital capabilities with improved security, networking, and development speed. They including VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware vRealize Network Insight, and VMware vSAN.
VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 is designed to make it easier for users to deploy and operate OpenStack clouds on VMware's SDDC infrastructure by themselves without additional professional support, VMware said. It includes new functionality for running containerized applications, as well as "increased scale and isolation for OpenStack clouds."
Customers will also see new intelligent support for software-defined networking and security with VMware's vRealize Network Insight 3.5. Designed to help users monitor VMware NSX deployments and comply with payment card industry (PCI) requirements, VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.5 provides updated security and analytics capabilities, a PCI compliance dashboard and support for Brocade MLX, Check Point Firewall, and HPE OneView.
VMware's updated vSAN offering, meanwhile, is aimed at organizations that want to more easily adopt distributed IT. And the new VMware vSphere Scale-Out edition is designed to help customers more quickly update and provision compute nodes for big data and high-powered computing workloads.
Automated Defenses for Cloud-Based Apps
For enterprises running applications on cloud or virtualized environments, VMware rolled out a new security solution called VMware AppDefense. The company said AppDefense monitors running applications and compares their performances to their intended states to detect attacks and launch defensive responses automatically.
"The growing frequency and cost of security incidents points to a fundamental flaw in security models that focus solely on chasing threats," senior vice president for security products Tom Corn said in a statement. "AppDefense delivers an intent-based security model that focuses on what the applications should do -- the known good -- rather than what the attackers do -- the known bad."
AppDefense will integrate with offerings from several third-party products, including IBM's QRadar security analytics platform, RSA's NetWitness Suite, Carbon Black's reputation feeds, Puppet Enterprise, and a new solution being developed by SecureWorks.
Partnerships with Dell EMC, HP, Fujitsu, DXC
VMware also announced several partnership deals, including a new collaboration with Dell EMC in which it will bring that company's data protection to VMware Cloud on AWS. Under that partnership, VMware Cloud on AWS customers will be able to deploy Dell EMC's Data Domain and Data Protection Suite for Applications and add new data protection capabilities "through a few simple clicks," VMware said.
Meanwhile, under a partnership with HP, VMware will add its Workspace ONE to HP's device-as-a-service technology platform. The new offering is aimed at "mutual customers looking to transform their end points from procurement to management into a predictable consumption-based service," according to a statement from VMware's Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager for end-user computing.
VMware is also extending its existing partnership with Fujitsu to add its cloud solutions to the Fujitsu Cloud Service K5 offering scheduled to roll out in the fourth quarter of this year. According to VMware, the combined services will "empower mutual customers operating VMware software on-premises to create an optimal hybrid environment centered on K5 cloud services, while limiting the risks associated with changes in system environments."
As part of another expanded partnership, VMware also unveiled a new DXC Managed Cloud Services offering. VMware said DXC will be one of its first partners to provide additional managed services for customers running VMware Cloud on AWS. The combination of services will offer users "the choice of both on-premises and cloud solutions on existing virtualized applications," according to DXC's Stephen Hilton, executive vice president for global delivery.