The recent VMware Europe event in Barcelona saw a number of important developments, two of the most significant being a range of new capabilities for VMware Cloud on AWS and the release of Cloud Foundation 3.5.
VMware Cloud on AWS
The roll out of VMware Cloud on AWS continues apace with new capabilities for this hybrid cloud service that will deliver enhanced disaster recovery, cloud migration, cloud-based virtual desktops and in-product support:
- With VMware Site Recovery, customers benefit from automated orchestration, failover and failback capabilities. They can also take advantage of flexible protection topologies between VMware Cloud on AWS and on-premises, and between VMware Cloud on AWS environments. What’s more, to minimise operational costs, customers pay only for what they use, when they need it, with granular, on-demand cloud pricing.
- New migration and portability capabilities mean that customers can more rapidly and reliably migrate applications and extend data centres to the cloud. VMware Cloud Motion with vSphere Replication, a capability in VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension, is now available providing predictable, live migration of thousands of virtual machines with zero downtime.
- VMware Horizon 7 for VMware Cloud on AWS delivers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud for virtual desktops and applications. Horizon 7 Instant Clones are now supported for the just-in-time provisioning of virtual desktops, with customers able to spin up virtual desktops at an average rate of one to two seconds per desktop.
- High-value technical support is provided through VMware’s new In-Product Support. This enables customers to access support channels and resources, including Chat with Support, Manage Support Requests, Community Support and Intelligent Search, all from directly within their VMware environment.
In addition to the above, multiple new data centres in Europe and the US will be added in the final quarter of 2018.
And finally, VMware has also revealed its first credential for VMware Cloud on AWS. The new ‘VMware Cloud on AWS – Software Defined Data Center 2019 badge’ will be awarded to candidates who successfully pass the 5V0-31.19 VMware Cloud on AWS Management Exam.
This will validate the candidate’s employer as an early adopter of the on-demand service, as well as validating their own expertise in deploying and managing VMware Cloud on AWS.
Cloud Foundation 3.5
This new release of VMware’s integrated hybrid cloud offering is intended to provide customers with greater choice in deployment options across private and public clouds. It also incorporates enhanced support for containers and various innovations from VMware’s infrastructure and management portfolio.
Here are some of the new features:
- Customers can choose from a wide variety of hardware vendors and configurations when purchasing servers and switching for Cloud Foundation implementations as VMware now supports any vSAN ReadyNode, and the use of any physical networking ToR switches that are capable of meeting the requirements of vSAN.
- vSphere and vSAN 6.7u1 are featured, bringing important performance, usability and security enhancements to the core compute and storage platform.
- Updated versions of vRealize products and NSX-V are brought into the integrated hybrid cloud platform.
- Integration with NSX-T 2.3 simplifies the implementation of network and security tasks around Kubernetes, enabling support for containerised and cloud-native application use cases. This includes support for VMware PKS, the enterprise-grade Kubernetes solution.
- Enhanced multi-site support is available by leveraging vSAN Stretched Clusters, dual-region disaster recovery, and cross-vCenter NSX-V configurations, as well as the ability to move workloads at scale across private and public clouds with NSX Hybrid Connect.
“VMware Cloud Foundation sits at the core of VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy as the simplest way to deploy and operate the hybrid cloud. 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”, said John Gilmartin, general manager and vice president of the Integrated Systems Business Unit at VMware.