Saturday, November 25, 2017

VMworld 2017: 10 cloud and data center announcements from Las Vegas

Thousands in the audience plus thousands at home: kicking off the final leg of IT events of the year is VMware with its flagship showdown.

VMware (NYSE: VMW) has long said it is on a journey. It is on a journey towards greater digital readiness to answer customers demand and needs.

That journey so far seems to be paying off, with the company reporting Q2 2017 revenues of $1.9bn, an increase of 12.2% from the second quarter of 2016.

In continuation to its own transformation, the company has, for a week, set bases in Las Vegas, Nevada, for its largest event, VMworld.

Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, said: “As we continue our multi-year journey from a compute virtualisation company to offer a broad portfolio of products driving efficiency and digital transformation, customers are increasingly turning to VMware to help them run, manage, secure and connect their applications across all clouds and all devices.”

Building on that, Data Economy summarises the ten main announcements made during day one of VMworld 2017.


VMware Cloud on AWS

One of the major announcements of the show so far has been the launch of VMware Cloud on AWS (part of; NASDAQ: AMZN). VMware Cloud on AWS takes VMware’s software-defined data centre (SDDC) to the AWS Cloud, allowing customers to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, with optimised access to AWS services.

VMware Cloud on AWS is powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, the unified SDDC platform that integrates vSphere, VMware VSAN, and VMware NSX virtualisation technologies with VMware vCenter management.

Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, said: “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.”

Andy Jassy, chief executive officer, AWS, said: “The majority of the world’s enterprises have virtualised their data centres with VMware, and now these customers can easily move applications between their on-premises environments and AWS without having to purchase any new hardware, rewrite their applications, or modify their operations.”


Modernising the data centre

VMware has launched fresh releases of VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware vRealize Network Insight in a bid to help customers modernise their data centres to increase business and developer agility while introducing increased networking and security capabilities.

Additionally, VMware has unveiled the VMware vSAN offering to accelerate the adoption of distributed IT by reducing the cost and complexity of expanding enterprise IT features beyond the data centre.

In addition, the company has unveiled a HCI Acceleration Kit to enable distributed IT with cost-effective hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) systems powered by VMware vSAN.

Rajiv Ramaswami, chief operating officer, Products and Cloud Services, VMware, said: “VMware is helping its customers to modernize IT infrastructure and application services with the speed, security, and agility that enable them to drive transformation from the data centre to the edge. These new product releases and solutions will help support customer business innovation and growth while optimising their total cost of ownership.”


Lenovo and the data centre hyperconverged infrastructure

Lenovo (SEHK:0992) has also used the event in Nevada to announce the ThinkAgile VX Series, powered by VMware vSAN. This is a preconfigured hyperconverged infrastructure solution engineered to provide businesses of all sizes with simplified management.

The VX series is the latest addition to Lenovo’s ThinkAgile portfolio of integrated appliances and systems designed to support customers as they modernise their IT infrastructures towards a software-defined data centre.

Radhika Krishnan, vice president and general manager, Software Defined Infrastructure, Lenovo Data Center Group, said: “The ThinkAgile VX series is a new hyperconverged platform from Lenovo and VMware that provides public cloud-like simplicity, in a private or hybrid cloud environment. This solution is built on Lenovo’s ThinkSystem™ foundation of highly reliable1, high performing servers, and is tightly integrated with VMware vSAN’s industry-leading hyperconverged capabilities.”


Surviving in the multi-cloud era

VMware has also unveiled an expanded set of products and services as part of VMware Cloud that are available through VMware and partners. New and updated offerings announced include the already mentioned VMware Cloud on AWS as well as VMware Cloud Services, VMware Cloud Provider, expanded VMware NSX and new VMware Cloud Provider innovations including VMware vCloud Director 9.0.

Raghuram said: “Customers are accelerating digital transformation by deploying applications across clouds, with upwards of two-thirds of enterprises deploying applications on three or more clouds today.

“VMware Cloud brings a consistent operating model, enterprise control, and investment protection for IT resources and skillsets to a multi-cloud world. With these new services, we are preserving developer agility and freedom to drive innovation.”


Palo Alto Networks launches Next-Generation Security Platform for VMware Cloud on AWS

Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) unveiled its Next-Generation Security Platform available to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. The company claims the integrated offering delivers consistent and automated protection against cyber threats to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS.

The service has an initial availability in AWS West (Oregon) region.

Terry Ramos, vice president, Business Development, Palo Alto Networks, said: “With the availability of our platform for VMware Cloud on AWS, customers can securely migrate applications and data while transforming their software-defined data centres into a hybrid cloud architecture that combines scalability and agility with on-premise resources.”


Dell EMC data protection walks in

VMware and Dell EMC have announced a new partnership for VMware Cloud on AWS, which will bring Dell EMC data protection to VMware Cloud on AWS.

The partnership will offer integrated data protection capabilities with Dell EMC’s Data Domain and Data Protection Suite for Applications solutions, providing backup and recovery solutions for workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS.

Dell EMC data protection will offer the same enterprise-grade protection for VMware Cloud on AWS as it does for on-premises and hybrid cloud, meaning that all data is protected equally, no matter where it resides.

Beth Phalen, President, Data Protection, Dell EMC, said: “Our entire portfolio is architected for tight integration with VMware, so being the first vendor to protect VMware Cloud on AWS is an easy extension of our existing partnership. Data protection needs and challenges don’t go away even as customers move to a software-defined data centre, and the need for familiarity and simplicity is incredibly important as companies work to do more with less in a software-defined world.”


Fujitsu, VMware reinforce digital transformation partnership

Fujitsu and VMware have jointly announced the expansion of their global partnership in cloud to foster the digital transformations of enterprises.

Fujitsu plans to partner with VMware to deliver VMware cloud solutions as a service on the Fujitsu Cloud Service, K5. Fujitsu is scheduled to commence worldwide rollout in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2017 (January – March 2018). Fujitsu and VMware plan to expand solutions coverage to VMware Cloud Foundation as well.

Masahiro Ota, Head of the Digital Business Platform Unit, Fujitsu, said: “Customers will be able to migrate their on-premises VMware environment to cloud services quickly with minimal risk, while reducing costs. This partnership expansion is extremely meaningful, as it was essential to incorporate VMware technology into K5 in order to help mutual customers achieve digital transformation.”


DXC Technology builds up global partnership with VMware

End-to-end IT services company DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC and VMware have announced an expansion of their partnership, with the unveiling of new DXC Managed Cloud Services enabled by VMware’s next generation hybrid cloud services platforms.

DXC will be one of the first VMware partners to provide VMware Cloud on AWS offerings with associated managed services. This new initiative enables DXC clients to accelerate their journey to the hybrid cloud.

Stephen Hilton, executive vice president, Global Delivery, DXC Technology, said: “We provide our clients the choice of both on-premises and cloud solutions on existing virtualized applications. This allows the business to make decisions based on cost, flexibility and availability that transcend the constraints of legacy data centre and app hosting decisions.”


HP Inc. gives a hand to handle device management

VMware and HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) have also announced a partnership that will add VMware Workspace ONE to HP’s Device as a Service (DaaS) technology platform.

Workspace ONE, an integrated platform powered by VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) technology, provides a holistic and user-centric approach to managing all endpoints in an organisation, from mobile and desktop to Internet of Things (IoT).

HP DaaS offers a modern consumption model for computing in which hardware and lifecycle services are combined to improve the user experience and free up IT resources to drive growth.

Ron Coughlin, president, Personal Systems, HP Inc., said: “We are excited to partner with VMware and incorporate their unified endpoint management solution into HP DaaS, and believe the strength of our combined platforms creates the next generation of device consumption for customers.”


Enhanced security for applications

In Las Vegas, VMware has also released for the first time the VMware AppDefense, a solution for securing applications running on virtualized or cloud environments.

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.

Tom Corn, senior vice president, security products at VMware, said: “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.”