VMware’s VMworld event in Barcelona was a kick-off point for a whole raft of new solutions – both released and in beta - aimed at supporting their hybrid cloud vision.
The VMware vision is hybrid cloud and in particular their Unified Hybrid Cloud and to this end they have released a number of solutions to make moving workloads between on-premise, private clouds and the public cloud simpler and to make the management and development of cloud applications faster and more manageable.
In the keynote speech by VMware’s President and CEO Carl Eschenbach, he once again confirmed the VMware "one cloud" strategy and defining the Unified Hybrid Cloud strategy as a "seamless integration between a private cloud and one or more public clouds, whether that is AWS or Azure or one of our vCloud Air Network partners. We call this Unified Hybrid Cloud, because it can make it seem as if you are accessing one logical cloud, and this changes your world."
To show that they’re at least some way towards the ability to swap jobs between any cloud they demonstrated vMotion’s new cross-cloud functionality by moving a functioning virtual machine from a private cloud in Barcelona to a vCloud Air data centre in the UK.
As part of its new cloud management platform VMware also demonstrated VMware vRealize Automation 7, which includes unified service blueprint capabilities that will enable IT and DevOps teams to produce cloud-native applications faster. Additionally the latest release is integrated with VMware NSX 6.2 to dynamically configure networks and micro-segmentation unique to each application modelled in the blueprint designer.
VMware vRealize Automation 7 blueprints will span the hybrid cloud featuring out-of-the box support for VMware vCloud Air and Amazon Web Services (AWS), including new support for VMware vCloud Government Service and AWS GovCloud, OpenStack Kilo, and VMware vSphere 6 Update 1.
There is also new integration with VMware Identity Manager, which adds enhanced identity services including multi-factor authentication, SmartCard support, the ability to integrate with federated external authorisation services, and more.
In addition, VMware vRealize Automation 7 will introduce a dramatically consolidated architecture with simplified installation that will reduce deployment time by up to 37% for most configurations (compared to the previous release) to help IT organisations accelerate time to value.
Also announced was VMware vRealize Business Standard 7 which introduces several new and enhanced capabilities to provide IT teams with increased transparency and control over the costs and quality of IT services.
The release features new costing and pricing policies for private and public clouds including VMware vCloud Air, AWS, and all other clouds supported by vRealize Automation. VMware vRealize Business Standard 7 also supports Microsoft Azure for easy, comprehensive private and public cloud cost comparisons.
Other hybrid cloud announcements concerned new services on VMware's vCloud Air public cloud platform, including support for Google Cloud DNS to provide vCloud users with access to a globally distributed, high availability DNS service.