Top 5 VMware Announcements at VMworld 2017 US

Here are the hottest VMware announcements made at VMworld US in Las Vegas that you definitely should not overlook.

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1. The Launch of VMware Cloud Services

The launch of VMware Cloud Services was the key news of the show, and the buzz around it wouldn’t subside. VMware has come to understand that nowadays, companies rarely stick to a single public cloud, but rather apply a hybrid approach relying on various clouds depending on their specific needs. Therefore, VMware developed a set of tools aiming to help customers manage their hybrid clouds. In fact, the announcement had a few main components

a) SaaS Platform for Hybrid Cloud

• NSX Cloud

VMware NSX Cloud is the most notable of the services, as it provides common cloud security and networking for applications running natively in multiple public clouds to improve visibility, control, and operational scalability with lower operational expenditures. The application allows you to create AWS networks and use features, such as micro-segmentation, on AWS.

• Discovery

VMware Discovery is a free service, which helps to automatically and quickly discover resources related to public (e.g., AWS, Azure) and private (e.g., vCenter) cloud accounts and acquire specific information about these resources. Due to its powerful search and filtering options, the service is especially useful for cloud administrators managing large infrastructures.

• Network Insight

VMware Network Insight is a SaaS service that provides visibility into the virtual and physical networks, allows you to monitor and diagnose problems within network resources and check the security of cloud and on-premise applications. It helps build a highly-available and secure network infrastructure across multi-cloud environments and enables you to easily scale and manage your VMware NSX deployments.

• Cost Insight

VMware Cost Insight can be used to compare, monitor, and analyze the costs related to your public and private cloud resources and allows planning the future expenses. By using the service, you can optimize your expenses for multiple cloud services, accounts, and EC2 instances, determine the strategy for workload distribution, and track information about your available resources.

• Wavefront

VMware Wavefront is a powerful large-scale analytics tool, which helps to monitor and analyze the performance of highly-distributed cloud-native services and detect performance anomalies. Wavefront can be adapted to the unique needs. So, the service is suitable for large enterprises with many development and operational engineers and provides them with real-time access to the system.

b) VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC on AWS)

While being focused on multi-cloud services, VMware has taken into account the demands of its customers and announced VMware Cloud on AWS.

VMC on AWS is an on-demand service, which is powered by VMware Cloud Foundation integrating vSphere, VMware vSAN, and VMware NSX. The service allows running applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to AWS services. VMware Cloud on AWS is optimized for running on dedicated, bare-metal, and elastic AWS infrastructure. Using this service, IT administrators can manage their cloud-based resources with familiar VMware tools and don’t have to worry about versions or upgrades.

The first release of VMC on AWS is limited and currently available only in the U.S. West Region and will be rolled out globally only in 2018.

2. Introduction of VMware AppDefense

VMware AppDefense is a key part of VMware Cloud Services, so we thought its announcement was worth being listed as stand-alone news.

AppDefense, previously known as Project Goldilocks, is an application security solution designed to protect applications running in virtualized environments. The solution helps you understand the normal state of your network and reports on any anomalous behavior. For this purpose, AppDefense first uses the hypervisor to analyze the behavior of guest VM applications and determines how they are supposed to work. After that, it constantly measures the behavior of the respective applications, compares it to the previously determined normal operational behavior, monitors changes and defines whether they are legitimate, or constitute a threat. If threats are detected, AppDefense produces an alert and triggers proper responses, automatically preventing propagation of these threats (i.e., blocks process communication, snapshots an endpoint for analysis, and suspends the endpoint).

At VMworld US, VMware AppDefense was announced to be generally available. Thus, it can now help any company avoid financial losses due to security breaches.

3. VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) 4.0 Released

At VMworld, VMware announced the release of VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) v4.0, the next version of the OpenStack distribution, which allows you to deploy and operate OpenStack clouds on VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) infrastructure. VIO 4.0 supports the latest OpenStack release (named Ocata) and adds several new enterprise grade integrations and capabilities: out-of-the-box container support, multi-VMware vCenter support, integration with vRealize Automation, Firewall as a Service (FWaaS), live resize of VMs (changing CPU, RAM, and disk of VMs without reboot), expanded EPA support (large pages, CPU pinning, NUMA placements), and more.

Thus, VMware Integrated OpenStack has become an even more secure, scalable, and robust OpenStack distribution, which is simply deployed and easy to use.

4. Introduction of VMware Skyline

At VMworld in 2017, VMware also introduced VMware Skyline, an innovative proactive support technology.

You just need to install VMware Skyline Collector, and this appliance will automatically and securely collect product usage data and conduct environment-specific analysis of configuration and performance of these data using a machine learning engine and robust rules. The resulting information will be transferred to VMware’s technical support engineers over an encrypted channel, improve their visibility into your environment without compromising your privacy, and help proactively resolve potential problems with improved time-to-resolution. Thus, potential product bugs will be identified before problems occur, and you will get proactive, predictive, and prescriptive guidance based on best practices. This may improve the overall stability and reliability of your environment and speed up issue resolution.

According to VMware, Skyline radically transforms customer support from reactive to proactive. Currently, the solution provides increased visibility for VMware vSphere and VMware NSX environments. However, other products will also be supported over time. We’ll be waiting for that!

5. Release of NSX-T 2.0

And last but not least, VMware announced v2.0 of its network virtualization product, NSX-T. Version 2.0 will provide network virtualization for both multi-hypervisor and cross-cloud/multi-cloud environments. NSX-T 2.0 will work with virtual machines and containers running on ESXi, KVM, AWS, and on-premises vSphere environments. The product will also contain other useful features, such as: micro-segmentation, automation with OpenStack, integration with Kubernetes, multi-domain networking, support for on-premise, public, remote, hybrid data centers, etc. All this makes NSX-T 2.0 a next generation network virtualization product with a new architecture.

Conclusion

All the above-mentioned VMworld announcements clearly demonstrate that VMware is intended to keep pace with the unstoppable cloudization of the industry. Most importantly, the company’s overall strategy is to focus on cross-cloud and hybrid cloud, which enables its customers not to stick to a specific cloud platform and gives them the choice in combining clouds they prefer.

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