BARCELONA: VMware is pushing a vision of hybrid cloud where customers will be able to expand seamlessly from a private cloud to public cloud services operated by third parties, including AWS and Azure as well its own vCloud Air network.
The cloud and virtualisation firm unveiled new and updated capabilities for its cloud platform at the VMworld Europe 2015 conference, especially in the area of hybrid clouds, and previewed what it claims is the first cross-cloud vMotion support in the industry.
VMware president and chief operating officer Carl Eschenbach used his keynote at the event to outline the firm's "one cloud" strategy, and how VMware hopes to make it a reality for its customers.
"When we talk about One Cloud, we don't mean a giant homogeneous cloud but 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," he said.
To illustrate this, VMware's vice president for storage and availability, Yanbling Li, demonstrated the migration of a virtual machine from a private cloud in Barcelona to VMware's vCloud Air data centre facility near London.
"This is a preview of the industry's first cross-cloud vMotion capability. What is the secret sauce behind this? It is the highly optimised connection we can achieve thanks to our network services," she said.
Also making the cross-cloud vMotion possible is vRealize Automation 7, an updated version of the firm's cloud automation suite. Available later this quarter, the new version brings unified service blueprint capabilities that allow users to "define infrastructure as code", specifying the compute, network and security settings required for an application or service, enabling them to be deployed faster.
Also vRealize Automation 7 blueprints support AWS, the OpenStack Kilo release and Microsoft's Hyper-V platform, enabling true hybrid cloud management.
VMware also announced vRealize Business Standard 7, a tool for analysing cloud costs, which has been updated with costing and pricing policies for private and public clouds including VMware vCloud Air, AWS and all other clouds supported by vRealize Automation, enabling customers to make informed decisions about which platform to choose for hosting applications.
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.
Also unveiled is vCloud Director 8, which enables service providers in the VMware vCloud Air Network to build services for customers that are more hybrid-aware.
Elsewhere, the acquisition of VMware parent company EMC by Dell was an inevitable feature of the conference. Michael Dell appeared in a pre-recorded video message to reassure VMware users, saying that Dell and VMware had been working as close partners for a long time.
Eschenbach said that the transaction will take about nine months to complete, but that VMware will remain a publicly traded company and not taken into private ownership.
"These are exciting times. We will continue to drive innovation through our ecosystem partners, as well as being able to leverage Dell's ecosystem to drive growth even faster," he said.
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