VMware added built-in cloud management capabilities to its Cloud Foundation software that the company says will simplify hybrid cloud deployments for its enterprise customers.
It’s VMware’s latest move in its ongoing push to be the “glue of the hybrid cloud,” providing its enterprise customers with a unified set of tools to deploy and manage workloads across on-premises data centers and public clouds. “We see things like multi-cloud and cross-cloud management being growing opportunities,” Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell said at this summer’s VMworld conference. Dell Technologies owns a majority stake in VMware.
Cloud Foundation is VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) platform that includes vSphere for compute, VSAN for storage, NSX for network virtualization, and vCenter for management. The SDDC Manager performs management plane functions.
VMware today announced the updated platform will allow users to manage and provision compute, network, storage, and application services at scale across hybrid cloud environments through new integrations with VMware vRealize products.
Specifically, VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 includes vRealize Automation deployment tool, vRealize Operations to manage and scale SDDC and multi-cloud environments, and vRealize Log Insight to analyze data across the entire IT environment. Through the SDDC Manager, the platform will automate the deployment and configuration of these technologies as part of its standardized architecture.
“Previously Cloud Foundation was the sum and additional benefits of taking the entire SDDC and allowing our customers and partners to deploy it in their data centers,” said Matt Herreras, director of product marketing at VMware, on a call with reporters about the new release. “We’re adding our new product integrations and capabilities that really allow us to expand that definition to include a foundation for hybrid cloud.”
The company has also been expanding the product’s support for public and private clouds, said Mauricio Barra, group product marketing manager, integrated systems business unit at VMware. “We’re ensuring customers have a variety of choices of how to deploy on premises and how to deploy from the public cloud,” he said.
The SDDC platform can be purchased as a service and supports public clouds from VMware cloud providers including IBM, OVH, CenturyLink, Rackspace, andFujitsu. It also supports VMware’s own public cloud service delivered in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), VMware Cloud on AWS.
On the private cloud side, customers can deploy the software on certified hardware from Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Dell EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Lenovo, and Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT). Or they can buy a pre-assembled integrated software and hardware system from Dell EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, or QCT.