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VMware Product Reveals Include Team-Ups with AWS, HP

VMware announced an expanded set of products and services as part of VMware Cloud that are available through the company and its partners.

Lynn Haber

August 28, 2017

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VMWARE VMWORLD — It’s a busy day at VMWorld as witnessed by all the news announcements by VMware and vendor partners.

Here’s a roundup of today’s VMware news that includes: the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS; expanded products and services for VMware Cloud; new software to help modernize data centers; VMware AppDefense; and VMware Workspace ONE on HP’s Device-as-a-service-platform. (Separately, we reported on news from Dell EMC and Lenovo.)

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VMware’s Pat Gelsinger

In a joint announcement, VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) stated that VMware’s SDDC will be available on the AWS Cloud. This will allow customers to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments with optimized access to AWS services, VMware said.. VMware Cloud on AWS is powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, and is delivered, sold and supported by VMware as an on-demand, scalable cloud service.

“VMware and AWS are empowering enterprise IT and operations teams to add value to their businesses through the combination of VMware enterprise capabilities and the breadth and depth of capabilities and scale of the AWS Cloud, providing them a platform for any application,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “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,” he added.

Initial availability is in the AWS US West (Oregon) region and will expand to regions worldwide in 2018.

News of the vendor partnership and anticipated availability of VMware Cloud on AWS was initially made last October.

VMware also announced an expanded set of products and services as part of VMware Cloud that are available through the company and its partners:

  • New VMware Cloud Services that enable end-to-end visibility into cloud usage, costs and networks, with consistent networking and security across public clouds and on-premises environments.

  • New VMware Cloud Provider services and partner offerings based on VMware Cloud Foundation.

  • Expanded VMware NSX support of networking and security for clouds and cloud-native apps.

  • New VMware Cloud Provider innovations including VMware vCloud Director 9.0.

  • And, as mentioned above, VMware Cloud on AWS is now initially available in AWS U.S. West (Oregon) region.

To help customers modernize the data center, VMware made a handful of new release announcements:

  • VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 will be based on OpenStack Ocata and will boost support for containerized applications.

  • VMware vRealize Network Insights 3.5 will deliver increased monitoring and compliance capabilities for NSX.

  • New HCI Acceleration Kit to enable distributed IT with hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) systems powered by VMware vSAN.

  • VMware will embrace big data and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads with new vSphere Scale-Out edition.

To help secure applications running on virtual cloud environments, VMware announced AppDefense.

This new security solution leverages the virtual infrastructure to monitor running applications against their intended state, and can detect and automate response to …

… attacks that attempt to manipulate those applications. Additionally, integrations with third-party solutions will enable partners to leverage VMware’s AppDefense unique application visibility and response orchestration, the company said.

“The growing frequency and cost of security incidents points to a fundamental flaw in security models that focus solely on chasing threats,” said Tom Corn, senior vice president, security products at VMware. “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. We believe it will do for compute what VMware NSX and micro-segmentation did for the network; enable least privilege environments for critical applications,” he added.

Finally, in partnership, VMware and HP Inc., announced that VMware Workspace ONE, an integrated platform powered by VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) technology, will be added to HP’s Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) technology platform. HP DaaS offers a modern consumption model for computing in which hardware and life-cycle services are combined to improve the user experience and free up IT resources to drive growth, the company said.

“VMware Workspace ONE powered by AirWatch provides next-generation unified endpoint management that enables our customers to manage the complete life cycle of the endpoints and applications over the air and in real time,” said Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, end-user computing, VMware. The partnership enables the vendors to deliver a complete solution for mutual customers looking to transform their endpoints from procurement to management into a predictable consumption-based service, he added.

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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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