December 6th, 2017 by Lyle Smith
VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 Announced
VMware has announced the latest release of its integrated hybrid cloud platform, VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3, which introduces cloud management platform capabilities for customers looking to build a hybrid cloud based on consistent infrastructure and operations. The newest version of the VMware platform delivers management and provisioning of compute, network, storage and application services at scale across hybrid cloud environments via integrations with VMware vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight.
With new cloud management functionality, VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 offers enterprises a hybrid cloud platform that uses a consistent operational model with the ability to run traditional or cloud-native applications without having to re-write them. With VMware SDDC Manager, VMware Cloud Foundation can also automate the deployment and configuration of vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations and vRealize Log.
With the integration of vRealize Automation, WMware indicates that customers will be able to achieve greater business agility using automating application and infrastructure service delivery via self-service capabilities and Day 2 operational capabilities across a hybrid cloud. Moreover, customers have the ability to model complete application and infrastructure stacks through blueprints, which include compute, storage, networking, and security resources. Combined, vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight will help enterprises seamlessly plan, manage and scale their hybrid cloud deployments.
The newest version of VMware Cloud Foundation also features heterogeneous server support within a single rack and the ability to select specific servers for each workload domain. This will give enterprises more flexibility by allowing them to tailor environments to the specific needs of their applications.
VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 also brings results from the collaboration between VMware and Intel to deliver the capabilities of the Intel Xeon Scalable processors to the platform. This partnership will give mutual enterprise customers a “fast, easy and optimized way to build on-premises environments based on VMware Cloud Foundation.” In addition, Intel Select Solutions for VMware Cloud Foundation allows enterprises to choose from verified configurations by major OEMs for running VMware Cloud Foundation.
VMware indicates the following benefits (when comparing the platform to legacy hardware-defined data centers) for customers who deploy VMware Cloud Foundation:
- Up to 6-8x faster time to market by eliminating complex processes around system design, testing, bring-up, and configuration
- Increase admin productivity by up to 2x by automating Day 2 operations such as patching, updates, and monitoring
- Reduce overall total cost of ownership of private cloud deployments by up to 30-40%
- Deploy workloads with portability between private and public clouds
- Eliminate hardware costs when consuming as a service from the public cloud
Intel Select Solutions for VMware Cloud Foundation will be available in the first half of 2018.
VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 is slated for a release sometime near the end of VMware’s fiscal year 2018 (February).