VMware cloud providers can now deliver industrialized hybrid cloud from any cloud.

Lynn Haber

August 23, 2019

4 Min Read
Opportunity Knocks

VMware on Friday announced new enhancements to the VMware Cloud Provider Platform (CPP), broadening opportunities for partners to deliver the VMware stack across any cloud. The company delivered the news ahead of next week’s VMWorld 2019 conference.

The new innovations for the Cloud Provider Platform fall into three buckets: industrial hybrid cloud, differentiated cloud services and develop-ready cloud.


VMware’s Michael Haag

“Our goal is how can we help run any application on any cloud with consistency across operations and infrastructure, whether that be in the hybrid cloud world or the native cloud world,” Michael Haag, director of product marketing, cloud provider software, told Channel Futures.

The delivery of the industrial hybrid cloud, for the automation and intelligence for hyperscale-class operational efficiency, centers around the latest vCloud Director 10 release. Here’s what’s new in this release:

  • Unified view of hosted private and multitenant clouds. Cloud providers can now expand their cloud offerings to include both multitenant and private cloud with the natively integrated Centralized Point of Management (CPOM) capability in vCloud Director. The new capability eliminates provider challenges and costs associated with building custom tooling to manage multiple types of cloud endpoints. Cloud providers benefit from a unified view of data center health and status of VMs across a global cloud estate of all cloud endpoints.

  • Intelligent workload placement, which is powered by new vCloud Director compute profiles, enables cloud providers to drive higher efficiency from their cloud infrastructures. Cloud providers can now offer self-service consumption of tiered compute, enforcement of host-based licensing restrictions, and simplified selling based on workload sizes.

  • Advanced automation. This release of vCloud Director features improvements in automation capabilities, including an enhanced Terraform Provider that supports complete compute and network definition as code. VMware Cloud Providers can now target developers who want to use open source tooling in their cloud automation.

  • Multicloud networking. Extensive networking updates for NSX-T have been built into this release to prepare for greater support of multiclouds and container environments.

Another area of news is around differentiated cloud services – unified object storage, enterprise-grade backup, and one-click DRaaS – where VMware cloud providers can realize increased profits.

More about the new cloud services:

  • VMware announced the general availability of its Object Storage Solution. The extension for vCloud Director delivers a natively integrated storage solution to help cloud providers grow their businesses and deliver core services customers want in the public cloud. VMware vCloud Director users can consume and operate S3-compliant object storage service that is fully integrated into vCloud Director, enabling them to store and share unstructured data within an organization. VMware’s first partner is Cloudian.

  • New Backup Certification for vCloud Director: New certification is now available as part of the VMware Ready program to ensure popular backup vendors are fully certified to operate in a multitenant, secure environment based on vCloud Director. Five partners have completed the certification: Cohesity, CommVault, Dell EMC, Rubrik and Veeam.

  • VMware Cloud Provider Ready for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) program: The program has eight cloud providers now live and in production offering DRaaS on their VMware-powered clouds using the latest release of VMware vCloud Availability.

The last news is about accessing new markets with a developer-ready cloud.

“This is an area where we’re had a lot of requests from our cloud providers who are looking to see what’s next,” said Haag.

VMware is updating the Cloud Provider Platform to capture modern workloads for a developer-ready cloud. This begins with VMware Enterprise PKS, a container orchestration solution. VMware Cloud Providers can offer containers as a service and move up to providing application services.

VMware also is integrating Bitnami Community, a catalog of click to deploy applications and development stacks, into the CPP on both vCloud Director and VMware Cloud Provider Hub. The combination of Bitnami and Enterprise PKS will allow VMware Cloud Providers to expand their multicloud services and address the needs of developers and DevOps and attract new workloads, such as Test/Dev environments, onto their clouds.

VMware announced its intent to acquire Bitnami in May.

About the Author(s)

Lynn Haber

Content Director Lynn Haber follows channel news from partners, vendors, distributors and industry watchers. If I miss some coverage, don’t hesitate to email me and pass it along. Always up for chatting with partners. Say hi if you see me at a conference!

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