Today I want to give you an overview of some of the announcements made at VMworld 2021.

VMware Cross-Cloud Services

Vmware announced a updated strategy to help customers and businesses navigate the multi-cloud capabilities we have today with VMware Cross-Cloud Services.

Cross-Cloud Services enables customers to pick and choose the services they need on the cloud they want. VMware offers this Service as an expansion of the existing product portfolio and by doing so they enable customers to navigate the cloud-era with ease.

Source: VMware

The Cross-Cloud services are build up on the following five building blocks:

  • A state-of-the-art platform for building and deploying cloud-native apps;
  • Cloud infrastructure for operating and running enterprise apps;
  • Cloud management for monitoring and managing the performance and cost of apps across different clouds;
  • Security and networking that spans across entire multi-cloud operations to connect and better secure all apps; and,
  • A digital workspace to empower the distributed workforce along with edge solutions to deploy and manage edge-native apps.

In addition, VMware also introduced new services for VMware Cross-Cloud services which includes:

  • Cloud Infrastructure and Management: New multi-cloud services that can help customers with migrations to the cloud but also help with application modernisation and cloud adaptation.
  • Apps: VMware Tanzu improvements helping developers with building and deploying apps in a multi-cloud environment
  • VMware Edge: A product portfolio that will enable customers to run and manage edge-native apps across multiple clouds.
  • Security and Networking: An end-to-end zero trust architecture inside and across cloud and app environments.

VMware Cloud on AWS

Tanzu Services for VMware Cloud on AWS is now generally available. This brings you Tanzu as a service which integrates seamlessly with Tanzu Mission Control Essentials.

VMware Cloud on AWS Outpost offers you the possibility to run the VMware SDDC stack as an on-premise service. The offer includes vSphere, vSAN, NSX-T, and vCenter and is managed by VMware. You will get a performance-optimized rack enabled with the essential AWS cloud services while keeping VMware Cloud in your own data center.

VMware Cloud Disaster recovery, Last but not least VMware adds more DR capabilities with Ransomware protection. This service enables you to restore a single file even within a block device. Also added are advanced security features like workload protection with the NSX Distributed Firewall for IPS, IDS, etc.

VMware Edge

Also announced at VMworld 2021 are VMware Edge solutions powered by ESXi-RT. ESXi-RT is a new option in vSphere 7 Update 3. RT stands for real-time and according to VMware offers 10-times the performance improvement over ESXi. RT can be very interesting as at the Edge low latency and quick decision making is very important.

Secondly, the solution also includes VMware Edge Compute stack, VMware SASE and the VMware Telco Cloud platform.

Tanzu Community Edition

Another nice new announcement is the Tanzu Community Edition. This free services allows you to run to run and manage Kubernetes-based containerized applications in multi-cloud environments.

You can now run and build a complete K8s based platform and run it on your local workstation. In addition on vSphere or even in a public cloud.

Project Cascade

Cascade embraces the openness of the Kubernetes ecosystem and makes Kubernetes the infrastructure abstraction layer to VMware Cloud.

VMware states that the goal is a model that features operational teams endorse, a cloud consumption surface that gives operators flexibility for geographic spanning, governance, resiliency across (any) Kubernetes landscape.  

More information on project Cascade can be found here.  

Source: VMware

Project Capitola 

Project Capitola offers you the option to leverage new memory technologies in a software defined memory implementation. This allows you to aggregate different memory tiers like DRAM, PMEM in a cost optimised way.
In conclusion, you will get the ability to eliminate silos and cut overhead. This allows you to scale quickly and cost-effectively.

Project Ensemble

Project Ensemble offers you a unified view across vRealize Cloud services. This means that you will get all the different cloud management options like self service, metering and elasticity in one place. And so this way you can acces all the data, workflows and more to keep control over your cloud deployments at scale. 

Project Arctic

Last but but not least, there is Project Arctic. Project Artic is designed to be your first step to a multi-cloud and an as a service model for your on-premises environment. Project Artic makes your vSphere cloud-aware. This basically makes your on-premises vSphere a hybrid cloud environment. You will be able to access VMware Cross-Cloud services at the tip of your fingers. Secondly you can seamlessly manage any VMware Cloud endpoint whether in private, hyperscale or VCPP clouds from within your existing vCenter deployment according to VMware.

And thirdly, you can leverage of VMware Cloud endpoints such as geographic location and sovereignty, performance, and cost to tailor deployments to your needs.

Wrap up

So there you have it an overview of some of the announcements made at VMworld 2021. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and feel free to look around for more interesting blogs for instance vSphere 7 Update 3 whats new


By Arjen Kloosterman

Sr. Solutions Engineer @ Netapp

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