Technology: The VMworld 2021 conference was also an opportunity to present new features such as VMware Edge, a free community version of Tenzu, and a new collaboration with Dell.

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VMware on Tuesday announced Project Arctic, a technological preview of a new architecture for its vSphere virtualization software. The Arctic project makes hybrid cloud the default operating model. It natively integrates cloud connectivity into vSphere, allowing customers to leverage cloud services for all workloads running on vSphere, including those on-premises.

Customers will be able to leverage unlimited cloud capacity on demand and access VMware cloud services through vCenter ensures VMware.

In this sense, the Arctic project shows how VMware is evolving its products to support customers’ multi-cloud strategies. As businesses are increasingly adopting a “unified multicloud approach,” Matt Morgan, vice president of marketing for VMware cloud infrastructure, told reporters. “Multi-cloud is about adopting a single platform and a single set of cross-cloud services that can add value to a heterogeneous infrastructure,” he added. “This is a great opportunity for VMware.”

At the start of its VMworld 2021 conference, VMware made several announcements relating to its cross-cloud strategy. The company demonstrated enhancements to vRealize Cloud Management, including automatic discovery of over 200 applications, integrated Kubernetes / Tanzu provisioning and monitoring, and support for NSX Federation to improve network operations.

At the same time, the new Tanzu services will be available at no additional cost as part of VMware Cloud on AWS starting in the third quarter of fiscal year 2022. It is a fully managed service providing Tanzu, enabling VMware to deliver Kubernetes clusters to developers in minutes. Other VMware Cloud offerings will be supported in the future.

VMware Cloud on AWS also benefits from disaster recovery enhancements and an advanced security add-on.

In the private cloud area, VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts will also be available in the third quarter of fiscal year 2022. “We provide the VMware Cloud stack as an on-premises service,” said Matt Morgan. Performance has been optimized for the AWS Outpost hardware stack with Nitro-based instances.

The company is also expanding its infrastructure subscription offering, VMware Cloud Universal, to Tanzu deployments. This means that customers will be able to apply credits earned through this program to Tanzu.

At the same time, VMware is also launching a new Sovereign Cloud initiative to help customers work with trusted cloud service providers to meet local data regulatory requirements. The first partners are UKCloud, GDIT, OVH, AUCloud, Datacom, Ionos, Telefonica, TietoEvry, Swisscom, Telmex and ThinkOn.

“When you look at the global landscape, we can easily see the rise of data regulations and locality restrictions,” Morgan said. “If you put that on top of security concerns, data has become a real backbone of cloud strategy.”

In addition to Project Arctic, VMware presents three other technology previews that provide a glimpse into the future of VMware Cloud:

VMware also showcased VMware Edge, a portfolio to help businesses run, manage, and secure cloud native applications across multiple clouds. According to Sanjay Uppal, SVP of VMware Edge and Service Provider, the company wants to help solve two main issues organizations face when deploying software stacks.

“There is a real-time access challenge and a challenge in terms of scale and number of sites – and we’re going to tackle both of those issues,” he said. He also took the opportunity to define what the term “edge” means for VMware. “The edge is a distributed digital infrastructure (…) to run workloads across a number of sites, and those sites are placed near the endpoints that produce and consume data,” said Mr. Uppal.

Solutions that will help build this new portfolio will include VMware Edge Compute Stack. Uppal described it as an integrated stack specifically designed for virtual machines and containers, which will allow businesses to run their workloads right on customer premises. VMware Edge Compute Stack will be available in Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise editions. The company added that it plans to develop a lightweight version of Edge Compute Stack to support lighter applications.

The company’s VMware Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) offering will also be added. In addition to being a software service that combines SD-WAN with cloud security, VMware has extended it to include cloud web security, trustless network access, and guardrail. fire, which will be provided as a service.

“Lack of Kubernetes experience and expertise is the number one challenge organizations face when trying to adopt Kubernetes,” said Dormain Drewitz, Tanzu Product Marketing Manager at VMware. “We also know that the way practitioners learn is by doing, and therefore by making it easier for our clients and users to learn by doing, we want them to be able to learn by doing with us.”

To help overcome these challenges, VMware introduced Tanzu Community Edition, a free platform that embeds Kubernetes. The open-source software, which is the same as that used in the Tanzu commercial edition, can be installed and configured on a local desktop or cloud of choice, and automates end-to-end application delivery. end.

“What’s important about Community Edition is that it is not trial software, but software available for free and supported by the community. It is the best. experience in fetching the different components of the container ecosystem, ”said Drewitz.

Also, a free version of Tanzu Mission Control, called Tanzu Mission Control Starter, will be available. It is designed to help users manage their Kubernetes clusters, whether they are located on-premises or in a public cloud. Like Tanzu Community Edition, Mission Control Starter will not be trial software, said Ms. Drewitz, who believes Tanzu Community Edition and Mission Control Starter will make it easy for customers to upgrade to commercial versions when they’re ready to go into production. .

VMware is also adding GPU support for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid not only for vSphere, but also for Amazon Web Services and Azure environments. It will also allow businesses to accelerate the integration of AI workloads. According to Mr. Drewitz, this feature is “one of the most popular applications” for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid.

This new IaaS offering will give businesses the ability to move workloads to multiple clouds and scale resources quickly with predictable pricing, Dell says.

After the announcement of the sale of VMware by Dell Technologies last April, and despite the fact that the two companies will soon take separate paths, the two organizations continue to work together. Yesterday Dell announced a new type of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), designed in conjunction with VMware, to connect its Apex Cloud Services platform to the VMware cloud. This combination is designed to automate and facilitate the management of hybrid and multi-cloud deployments for a large number of organizations that use both companies in their IT systems.

Dell Technologies Apex Cloud Services with VMware Cloud, currently in private beta testing, aims to provide operations in multi-cloud environments. This new IaaS offering will give businesses the ability to move workloads across multiple cloud environments and scale resources quickly with predictable pricing, the company said.

To help businesses back up their data and avoid potential threats, Apex Cloud Services with VMware Cloud also comes with cybersecurity features.

For many common workloads, Dell has preconfigured cloud instance templates, making it easy for users to get started. Businesses can deploy Apex cloud services with VMware Cloud in their data center, at a remote site, or in a colocation facility with partners such as Equinix and others.

The offering can also be used with VMware’s Tanzu observability platform, allowing customers to build, test and run cloud native applications alongside traditional applications. Customers can migrate workloads across multiple clouds with VMware HCX, which is included in the service and eliminates the need to re-architect applications for different cloud environments, the company said.

“Most important is what we announced with the Tanzu application platform,” Ajay Patel, senior vice president of product development for Dell cloud services, told ZDNet. “Our belief is that developers have too much to fix by hand today, especially when using containers and Kubernetes.”

Dell EMC ObjectScale software also works natively with the Apex-VMware package and enables enterprises to run Amazon S3 compatible object storage alongside VMware virtual machines. The new platform brings software-defined object storage, native to Kubernetes, to VMware vSphere with Tanzu and the vSAN platform. By providing developers with self-service storage in a private cloud operating model, ObjectScale helps IT manage and scale the system using familiar VMware tools, Dell said.

Apex Cloud Services with VMware Cloud is currently on a private preview, with availability planned in particular in France on January 31, 2022.

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