Here’s a summary of the major announcements I’ve captured from VMworld 2016 Barcelona. And before I’ll go into this let’s also have a quick look at an announcement that took place right before the show (VMware Cloud on AWS) and nearly everybody was talking about.
VMWARE CLOUD ON AWS
- VMware Cloud on AWS will allow VMware customers to use their existing VMware software and tools to leverage AWS’s global footprint and breadth of services
- Basis is VMware Cloud Foundation
- Service is managed by VMware
- Will run on native ESX next-generation, bare metal AWS Infrastructure
- Orderable via credit card or VMware account reflecting customer’s existing VMware commercial agreement
- Currently tech preview, availability planned for mid-2017
- vCenter is in the middle of the architecture, therefore all tools that you currently run against vCenter in your on-premises vSphere deployment will work with the in-cloud SDDC environment and will also allow workload mobility between clouds
- NSX is not a requirement – if you are not running NSX on premise right now, you will still be able to run VMware Cloud on AWS but you won’t be able to utilize the hybrid cloud features of NSX until you do
- Take a look at the demo!
- VMware vCenter Server Appliance will deliver a simplified building block for vSphere environments offering an easy to deploy and manage approach that reduces operational complexity by embedding key functionality into a single virtual appliance. The appliance will offer customers simplified patching, upgrading, backup and recovery, high availability and more, including a 2x increase in both scale and performance of their vCenter Server environments.
- Memory size per VM: 6 TB 🙂
- VMware vSphere Client will be based on HTML5 which will boost performance – much applaus for this in the audience!
- New VM encryption will protect against unauthorized data access safeguarding data at rest as well as virtual machines that are moved with vMotion.
- Secure Boot – new feature will prevent the tampering of images as well as the loading of unauthorized components into vSphere environments.
- VMware vSphere Integrated Containers will allow IT operations teams to provide a Docker-compatible interface to their app teams enabling vSphere customers to transform their businesses with containers without re-architecting their existing infrastructure.
- REST APIs will improve both the IT and developer experience by enabling greater control and automation of virtual infrastructure for modern applications via new REST-based APIs.
- iSCSI Support will enable Virtual SAN storage to be presented as an iSCSI target for external physical workloads including clustered applications such as Microsoft SQL Server with Failover Clustering on a limited number of physical servers.
- Virtual SAN will provide persistent data layer for containerized applications via VMware vSphere Integrated Containers.
- Two-node Direct Connect – new functionality will eliminate the need for routers/switches between Virtual SAN systems in ROBO sites.
- REST APIs and Expanded PowerCLI will help customers accelerate responsiveness with enterprise-class automation that brings cloud-like flexibility and management to Virtual SAN environments.
- Support for 512-byte emulated disk drives enables high-capacity drives.
- In addition, VMware is also announcing vSphere Virtual Volumes 2.0, which will feature enhanced enterprise-readiness through capabilities like native support for array replication.
- vRealize Automation 7.2 will introduce out-of-the box support for Microsoft Azure as well as new container management capabilities. With this new release, the ability of IT and DevOps practitioners to use unified service blueprints to simplify the delivery of integrated multi-tier applications with application-centric networking and security will be extended to Microsoft Azure, as well as currently supported clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS), VMware vCloud Air and the vCloud Air Network.
- Support for containers will enable developers and application teams to accelerate application delivery. The latest release will feature Admiral, a highly scalable and lightweight container management portal to deploy and manage containers to Docker hosts supporting operating systems that Docker supports. Currently VMware is testing Admiral to deploy containers to virtual container hosts on VMware vSphere Integrated Containers in a private beta. Beyond Admiral support, developers will be able to provision container hosts from the vRealize Automation 7.2 service catalog. They will have the choice of modeling containerized applications using unified service blueprints or Docker Compose. Application teams will have the ability to build hybrid deployments consisting of VMs and containers. Cloud administrators will be able to manage container hosts and apply governance to their usage including capacity quotas or approval workflows. vRealize Automation 7.2 is well suited to organizations required to support existing apps while modernizing them via the adoption of microservices and a cloud-native architecture. VMware’s multi-technology approach across private and public clouds with support for containers and OpenStack affords customers the flexibility to manage their talent pools and technology stacks as needed today and over time.
- vRealize Log Insight 4.0 will feature enhanced alert management functionality and a redesigned, easy to use interface.
- VMware vRealize Operations 6.4 will deliver improved alert management and metric grouping for faster troubleshooting and new dashboards customized to specific user personas that span infrastructure, application and cloud teams.
- Both vRealize Log Insight 4.0 and vRealize Operations 6.4 will also include integrations with the newly announced vSphere 6.5.
VMWARE CLOUD SERVICES
- Beta of VMware Cloud Foundation Service on vCloud Air which provides a fast and easy way to leverage the combined power of vSphere, Virtual SAN, NSX and SDDC Manager in a fully integrated service offering from VMware. When combined with VMware Cloud Foundation environments on-premises, customers gain cloud scale, agility, and flexibility with complete compatibility for a unified hybrid cloud experience.
- Beta of a new vCloud Air disaster recovery solution designed specifically for the enterprise. The new offering is designed to provide the security and isolation of a dedicated cloud environment combined with the simplicity of a replication solution that is directly integrated into vSphere and optimized with SD-WAN technologies
Complete Announcement for above topics see here
Further announcements during the show:
- VMware Introduces Kubernetes as a Service on Photon Platform
- VMware Introduces New Workspace ONE Innovations and Showcases Continued Collaboration with Microsoft to Deliver Optimized Skype for Business Experience in Horizon
VMWARE ADAPTER FOR SAP LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT
Take a look at the upcoming 1.4 version of the VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management (VLA) that will be releasing in Q4. Besides a lot of new features let me highlight that it will have integration with vRealize Automation 7. See here for more.
And finally here’s the VMware vision that ties it all together:
FURTHER GREAT RESOURCES FROM VMWORLD 2016 Barcelona
- Press kit with all announcements
- VMworld home page: http://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html
- VMworld videos: http://www.vmworld.com/en/video.html
- VMworld youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/VMworldTV
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