VMware Launches New Iteration of Cloud Foundation

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…adoption by several large organizations, including DXC Technology, the IT consultancy/service provider formed when Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) bought HPE’s Enterprise Services business (formerly Electronic Data Systems); Liberty Global, an international TV and broadband provider; and the City of San Diego.

Cloud Foundation is most commonly used in six scenarios:

  1. Data center modernization with cloud infrastructure, especially attractive for small IT departments looking to rapidly build new systems.
  2. IT automation using vRealize to rapidly provision applications, which can cut deployment time from days to minutes.
  3. Hybrid cloud infrastructure to provide a standard, consistent application platform across clouds using a combination of on-premises hardware and shared VMware cloud services.
  4. Network security and regulatory compliance by automating the deployment of NSX and network micro-segmentation, in which each application and its data has a unique set of security policies and network control points.
  5. VDI by using the VMware stack to host client-desktop services like Horizon.
  6. Backup and DR in which Cloud Foundation automatically replicates an entire virtual environment, application and data to a remote, secondary data center.

VMware also announced the availability of the Pivotal Container Service (PKS) announced at VMworld 2017. A joint effort with Pivotal, PKS is a packaged container runtime and management system designed for enterprise deployments using Kubernetes for workload orchestration and Cloud Foundry BOSH for infrastructure provisioning. It’s compatible with Google Container Engine (GKE) for hybrid container environments. In conjunction with PKS, VMware announced a version of NSX, NSX-T, designed for container networking and security and that also integrates with Pivotal Cloud Foundry and other container-based PaaS software like OpenShift.

Partner Opportunities

Cloud Foundation 2.3 will be available by next February and introduce two new product SKUs that incorporate vRealize components. Although VMware hasn’t released pricing, a spokesman says that there will be no difference between the Cloud Foundation bundles and the aggregate cost of the individual products.

VMware’s dominance in the enterprise virtualization market means that it’s a critical platform for most partners to support. And, according to a VMware survey, 60 percent of its customers are using public cloud. Cloud Foundation allows partners to quickly build a set of VMware services that can be used to extend a client’s on-premises systems into a hybrid design. Indeed, by using Cloud Foundation and vRealize to manage both environments, partners can efficiently provide a consistent set of infrastructure, application and security services.

While the Cloud Foundation-vRealize combo pack has a compelling set of features, a critical question for partners will be pricing. Typically expensive VMware products are now competing against several commercial and open source cloud management point products and platforms. Thus, it’s imperative partners do a thorough TCO analysis before recommending and VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy.



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