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VMware Cloud Unveiled

by Adam Armstrong
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Today VMware unveiled its distributed, multi-cloud platform that enables organizations to accelerate application modernization across the data center, edge, and any cloud, VMware Cloud. A unique benefit to VMware Cloud is that it allows developers to build and deploy to any cloud. The platform gives users a way to modernize their infrastructure and operations in a low-risk manner as well as a cost-effective way.

Today VMware unveiled its distributed, multi-cloud platform that enables organizations to accelerate application modernization across the data center, edge, and any cloud, VMware Cloud. A unique benefit to VMware Cloud is that it allows developers to build and deploy to any cloud. The platform gives users a way to modernize their infrastructure and operations in a low-risk manner as well as a cost-effective way.

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VMware did some internal studies and learned that applications initiatives are driving better business outcomes, with up to 90% of these initiatives focusing on modernization. They further saw that 80% deploy applications in a distributed model across data center, cloud, and edge. With this in mind, VMware released a platform that does just about everything by the way they describe it: The platform for both on-premises and cloud with unified security and operations; supporting traditional and modern applications; connecting to all native cloud services, and meeting the requirements of both developers and IT operators. Though something that really does stand out is the ease of a single cloud operating model for multi-cloud uses that are becoming the norm.

As stated in the intro, the new platform enables customers to deploy apps to any cloud. It does this by deploying apps VMware Cloud Foundation running in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Cloud; on VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, and across hundreds of VMware Cloud Verified partners. On top of these, the platform enables customers to deploy and operate across native public clouds and gives developers access to all native cloud services. For third-party solutions, users can check out the VMware Marketplace.

Today the company is announcing three offerings including:

  • VMware Cloud Universal: a flexible subscription that simplifies the purchase and consumption of VMware multi-cloud infrastructure and management services.
  • VMware Cloud Console: a single monitoring and management environment for VMware Cloud infrastructure regardless of where it’s deployed.
  • VMware App Navigator: a new offering for assessing and prioritizing app transformation initiatives across an entire application estate based on the value of each app.

VMware Cloud Universal takes advantage of cloud economics with a subscription that gives users greater flexibility and portability to adopt cloud at their own pace and benefit from a single operating model across clouds. This service is aimed at hybrid cloud users, those that have variable cloud migration timelines, if one has cloud bursting requirements, or just prefer an OPEX model. Other benefits include:

  • Choice and flexibility: buy once and deploy any eligible service at any time during the contract.
  • Convertibility: convert and apply unused on-premises Cloud Foundation credits deployment towards VMware Cloud on AWS or VMware Cloud on Dell EMC at any point during the term.
  • Cloud Acceleration Benefits (CAB): provides flexibility for customers transitioning to multi-cloud by leveraging their existing investments in VMware perpetual licenses towards VMware Cloud Universal credits
  • Built-In Kubernetes: VMware Tanzu Standard edition for simplified deployment and operation of Kubernetes.
  • Multi-cloud Management and Operations: VMware vRealize Cloud Universal for SaaS-based multi-cloud management.
  • VMware Success 360: designed to help customers continually realize the value and achieve faster outcomes, Success 360 includes success planning, ongoing adoption guidance, design workshops, and dedicated and proactive support.

Probably one of the more interesting features is VMware Cloud Console. This gives users a single place for visibility and management for the entirety of VMware cloud infrastructure. Here users can redeem credits, provision deployments of VMware Cloud Universal eligible offerings, and reach out to the company’s support organizations.

Finally, there is VMware App Navigator. This service aims to help users prioritize app modernization initiatives and deliver results faster. App Navigator leverages automation in its planning as well as hands-on experimentation to get started before quickly scaling app and cloud transformation initiatives.

Availability

VMware Cloud Universal is available today in all English-speaking countries and regions. The offering is expected to be available in Japan in the second half of 2022. VMware Cloud Foundation Subscription is only available through VMware Cloud Universal. Convertibility of VMware Cloud Foundation Subscription to VMware Cloud on AWS is expected to be available in VMware’s first quarter of 2022 and convertibility to VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is expected to be available in VMware’s first half of 2022. VMware Cloud Console and App Navigator are also available today.

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