by Michael Rink

VMware Announces Updates to Cloud Services

Today VMware is announcing updates to VMware vCloud Director, CloudHealth by VMware, and planned updates to VMware Cloud Foundation. The updates announced center around the company’s vision for delivering a digital foundation on which customers can build their digital transformations. 

The new VMware vCloud Director 9.7 release updates the extensibility framework to enable cloud providers to offer differentiated services on their multi-tenant platform from third-party solutions from ecosystem partners such as Cohesity, Dell EMC, and Rubrik. VMware vCloud Availability is also updating to version 3.0. The new version provides onboarding, migration and disaster recovery services to and between multi-tenant clouds.

New features in CloudHealth by VMware include enhanced multi-cloud reporting, multidimensional reporting, and workspaces reporting. All three of which are generally available now. Additionally, the CloudHealth platform now integrates with the Wavefront by VMware cloud analytics and monitoring platform. Through this integration, CloudHealth customers can access Wavefront cloud performance metrics via their CloudHealth platform. Planned upgrades include enhanced amortization, convertible Reserved Instance (RI) exchanger automation, container cluster visibility, and cross-family rightsizing for Amazon EC2.

VMware Cloud Foundation is the bedrock for cloud infrastructure as a service from VMware, and VMware Cloud Verified partners, as well as forthcoming VMware, managed SDDC as-a-service offerings for on-premises and edge. VMware Cloud on AWS is now generally available in 13 AWS regions globally, including AWS Canada (Central), AWS EU (Paris), and AWS APJ (Singapore). Looking to the future, VMware announced VMware Cloud Foundation 3.7 is expected to be available on Dell EMC VxRail in VMware’s Q1FY20. VMware says that Cloud Foundation 3.7 will support fully automated deployment of VMware Horizon 7 virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). 

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