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Straight Outta VMworld 2019


VMware is taking the cloud world by storm as the renowned hypervisor aims to make their mark with new virtualization services and products. During the opening sessions of VMworld 2019, Purnima Padmanabhan, vice president of product management for VMware's Cloud Management Business Unit, announced their latest enhancements and solutions focused on closing the gaps commonly found in a multi-cloud strategy. Providing insight into VMware's initiative to deliver a secure, robust and stable platform that does not restrain the ability to build, run, migrate and integrate applications, support containers, and VMs, and orchestrate deployments across various clouds.

We're going to count down the top VMware reveals at VMWorld 2019 in San Francisco. This blog will be updated each day.

VMware vRealize suite gets major facelift

VMware has made significant enhancements to their vRealize suite, improving AI and ML-based self-driving IT operations management while improving automation with new container-based microservices that integrates with ServiceNow, Terraform and Git.

VMware vRealize Automation is getting a facelift, with the introduction of a new container-based architecture. Enhancements to the hybrid cloud automation platform increased agility, productivity, and further streamlined IT processes. "It's a modern container-based architecture, fully micro-services-based, that is very easy to install and have it up and running very quickly. Ease of use is something that we focused very heavily on. It's truly-API driven and true infrastructure as code." said Padmanabhan. vRealize Automation 8.0 delivers a userfriendly DevOps-ready automation platform that allows you to create a cloud-like experience across all your VMware environments as well as enhanced ServiceNow, Terraform, and Git integrations.

The latest version of vRealize Operations delivers self-driving IT operations management, intelligent remediation, and monitoring. Powered by AI/ML, it helps IT run production operations hands-off and hassle-free with a unified operations platform, delivering continuous performance optimization, efficient capacity management, proactive planning, and integrated compliance. The update also extends management and monitoring services across on-premise environments and all SDDC form factors including VMware Cloud on AWS and other VMware Cloud environments. By leveraging the latest advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence, vRealize Operations 8.0 can pinpoint and predict issues swiftly, identifying probable causes for root cause analysis.

Game-Changing Partnership

Two major announcements came out of VMworld 2019, around the accelerated collaboration between Dell Technologies subsidiaries - Dell EMC and VMware. The first, VMware Cloud is officially available on Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms and Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service, marketed as VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. Under the hood, you will find familiar VMware software; vSphere, vSAN and NSX. The co-engineered architecture takes full advantage of the VMware Cloud Foundation and co-branded hyper-converged infrastructure solution. VMware Cloud on Dell EMC delivers a consumption-based management service that is similar to public cloud services but is on-premise. You pay for only what you use. The service is currently only available in the U.S. and can only be obtained by a certified Dell Technologies partner - like RoundTower.

The second major collaboration between Dell EMC and VMware brings us an exciting new Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution, created using AWS' S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service) for VMware Cloud on AWS. With this offering, clients gain improved storage efficiency using the cloud-based object storage service and only have to pay for what they consume. VMware and Dell EMC have also collaborated to enable Dell EMC to offer data protection solutions for VMware workloads running at the edge, core and cloud.


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