Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:45

VMware cloud services expansion claimed to accelerate and simplify multi-cloud adoption


Global virtualisation vendor VMware has announced an expanded cloud services portfolio, designed to help customers better manage the complexity and risk of multiple cloud environments while ensuring consistent IT operations both on- and off-premises.

Typically, the growth of cloud computing across multiple cloud providers means diverse infrastructures, disparate management tools, and associated complexity and risk, along with varying processes.

VMware’s research estimates nearly two-thirds of businesses will utilise two or more cloud providers, in addition to their own on-premises infrastructure. This means organisations are moving away from single vendor lock-in and are selecting the best cloud environment for specific needs.

VMware claims its Cloud Services are uniquely designed to give customers the flexibility to leverage any cloud environment, while simultaneously providing a consistent and familiar environment and operations for managing and securing the cloud.

VMware’s growing portfolio of Cloud Services is also claimed to provide visibility, operations, automation, security, and governance across any cloud.

“The need to support a complex set of new and existing applications is driving cloud adoption, and the needs of the applications are driving cloud decisions,” said Raghu Raghuram, chief operating officer, Products and Cloud Services, VMware.

“VMware Cloud gives customers unprecedented flexibility to develop any type of application, deploy these apps to any cloud, and deliver them to any device while leveraging a consistent infrastructure across clouds and a consistent set of operations across any cloud.”

Specifically, VMware announced VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension Service for Private Cloud – a SaaS offering to provide application mobility across different vSphere versions and whether the data is in the cloud or otherwise. This extends VMware’s previously announced VMware Cloud on AWS, along with a Hybrid Cloud Extension service for IBM Cloud.

The VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension Service for Private Cloud product brings this same operational support  and secure management to private data centre locations, delivering seamless and secure application migration across VMware environments in traditional data centres to private clouds to public clouds without modification. It even permits customers to extend their internal VMware-based environments to the public cloud for on-demand capacity.

Additional features announced include Expanded Wavefront — a SaaS-based high-scale metrics monitoring and analytics platform with an additional 45 new Wavefront integrations — and an expanded VMware Cost Insight service, and a new VMware Log Intelligence Services, delivering deep operational insights into VMware cloud-based services and VMware Cloud on AWS. This log intelligence accelerates troubleshooting and uses machine learning algorithms to scan for anomalies in data centre and cloud environments.

VMware’s expanded cloud services portfolio allows organisations freedom to transition their VMware environment across infrastructure and host boundaries, meaning the best cloud environment can be used for the purpose at hand, without increasing complexity or risk.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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