Kathy Gibson reports from VMworld in Barcelona – Bringing together the best of private and public clouds in a secure and managed way allows companies to achieve true flexibility, agility and scalability.
The unified hybrid cloud vision does this, says Bill Fathers, executive vice-president and GM: cloud services business unit at VMware.
“It’s a higher order mission and can deliver strategic benefit to your business,” he says. “Hybrid is about allowing applications to have ubiquitous access to resources regardless of what geography you are operating in.
“You are effectively training your private cloud so that it can have access to public cloud resources, and think about it as a single pool of resources
“Imagine if you could reach out and use any vCloud provider, with a combined footprint that is unparalleled.”
Many thousands of customers are already embracing the hybrid vision and getting benefit from it, Fathers says.
The most common use cases are for disaster recovery, for application scaling, and for deploying mobile applications.
Application scaling is vital for any organisation, Fathers says. “Companies are discovering that latency kills business. And sometimes moving into public clouds doesn’t give you the performance.
“The main bottleneck here is networking. But with VMware, you can stretch your own network infrastructure into any other software-defined data centre.
“This is game-changing, your application can see your data centre and the public cloud as one pool of resources.”
Must of this is available today, Fathers says.
The deployment of mobile applications – the apps that fuel digital business – extend functionality into the hands of your customers.
“Deploying these mobile apps into the public cloud can be complicated,” Fathers says. “This is because they often need to have access to systems of record that are in the traditional data centre.
“This means you have to rethink the network architecture, where the date is, and how you can maintain compliance as data moves between public and private cloud.
“Plus, how can you encourage developers to build apps on this platform.”
VMware has announced a range of solutions that address these challenges, and will allow for the development and deployment of hybrid applications.
“You need to think about how to integrate in-premise and cloud platforms so the applications can access them both as a single pool,” Father says.
VMware’s unified hybrid cloud platform enables customers to create one consistent environment based on VMware vSphere across the private and public cloud to securely build, run and deliver any traditional or cloud-native application. VMware’s unified hybrid cloud platform is built on a software-defined data centre architecture, and offers customers openness and choice in how to build and manage applications and cloud environments based on their needs.
New or expanded offerings include:
* Google Cloud DNS: With the upcoming general availability of Google Cloud DNS, organisations will continue to benefit from the combination of VMware vCloud Air and Google Cloud Platform in a single hybrid cloud service. Google Cloud DNS will offer organisations access to a globally distributed, low-latency DNS service with high availability and scalability as well as ease of manageability. The service will provide reliable, resilient, low-latency DNS serving from Google’s global network of Anycast DNS servers. Google Cloud DNS will make it simpler for customers to host web-facing applications on VMware vCloud Air and will solve an important challenge for organisations looking to move their email servers to the cloud. Additionally, the service can be customised using a scriptable command-line interface, Developer’s Console UI, or REST API.
* VMware vCloud Director 8: The new release of VMware vCloud Director enables Service Providers in the VMware vCloud Air Network to build differentiated cloud services that are hybrid-aware and ideal for enterprise-class organisations. VMware vCloud Director enables service providers with tools to deliver robust and secure self-service cloud orchestration capabilities to their end customers. Among the enhancements of this release include support for vSphere 6 and VMware NSX 6.1.4, the addition of organisation Virtual Data Centre (vDC) templates, VMware vSphere vApp enhancements and OAuth Support for Identity Sources. These new additions help Service Providers drive operational efficiency and provide new capabilities for customers.
* VMware vCloud Air Monitoring Insight and Enhanced Identity Access Management: VMware is providing new resources to have greater transparency and deeper integration with VMware vCloud Air. VMware vCloud Air Monitoring Insight will provide analytics into cloud service operations through interactive metrics, event logs and user-defined alarms for flexibility and cost optimisation. The service will give information on the infrastructure, application health and platform performance, enable granularity, retention and services monitoring, and helps optimise cloud spend by enabling high utilisation of cloud infrastructure. Enhanced Identity Access Management will enable customers of VMware vCloud Air with a single identity, single sign-on, unified authorisation, governance and role management. Now users can extend management capabilities from on-premises identity services to VMware vCloud Air and simplify how IT controls user management using token authentication.
* VMware vSphere Integrated Containers: VMware is announcing plans to build upon the existing support for VMware Photon OS on the VMware vCloud Air platform by adding support for VMware vSphere Integrated Containers on VMware vCloud Air. With this support, VMware will enable IT teams to support any application, including containerised applications, on a common infrastructure running on VMware vCloud Air. This support can accelerate container initiatives by enabling IT teams to take advantage of their existing investments in VMware infrastructure, people, processes and management tools, while enabling developers to leverage a variety of container orchestration solutions from ecosystem partners.
* Unveiled today as a technology preview, Project Michigan extends the capabilities of Advanced Networking Services and Hybrid Cloud Manager to all VMware vCloud Air services. Project Michigan enables access to elastic Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, with the ability to spin up thousands of virtual machines on a pay-as-you-go basis, integrated with secure connectivity, optimised virtual machine migration and network and policy extension, and advanced peering and transit.