Information Technology News.


VMware starts new initiative dubbed Cross-Cloud Architecture

Share on Twitter.

Sponsered ad: Get a Linux Enterprise server with 92 Gigs of RAM, 16 CPUs and 8 TB of storage at our liquidation sale. Only one left in stock.

Sponsered ad: Order the best SMTP service for your business. Guaranteed or your money back.

August 29, 2016

Earlier today, server virtualization software provider VMware said it will apply its expertise to help people integrate their infrastructure to multiple clouds.

VMware's new initiative is dubbed Cross-Cloud Architecture. Company CEO Pat Gelsinger will shortly take to the podium at VMworld Conference 2016 and explain that various clouds have re-created the issue that server virtualization solved so effectively in the mid-to-late 2000s.

VMware says that cloud users often take the second-cheapest option by paying up-front at a flat monthly rate, but then don't use all the resources they've paid for.

Further compounding the problem, different clouds also become various 'silos' between which it's more difficult to move data or applications between them in an effective and secure manner.

To be sure, VMware has already fixed some very similar system issues in its early days. Cross-Cloud will attempt to do so again, the company says. Of course, it's just a technology preview for now, but the goal is to eventually make Cross-Cloud Software-as-a-Service and to hopefully integrate as many clouds as possible in a short timeframe.

VMware users will be able to move various workloads and data among several clouds, with NSX making sure networks play nicely. But not all went as well as the company would have hoped. VMware's preview of Cross-Cloud cloud was a bit skimpy. We'll learn more once VMworld kicks off tomorrow.

When it does, we'll also learn that VMware has cooked up a new virtualization element called “Cloud Foundation” that bundles vSphere, NSX and VSAN, with vRealize in the mix, to power a cloud-like portal for provisioning and managing on-premises IT and hybrid clouds.

The software will try to offer a pay-as-you-go or operational expenses model to internal users, an update to VMware's long-held enthusiasm for charge-back to business units.

To be sure, VMware has been working on this for a few years already, with vSphere becoming progressively less arcane. But cloud providers and VMware competitors like Nutanix, Simplivity and Cisco have all stopped being arcane years ago, so we'll see about that.

But most important, there's not anything new on the end-user side of Cloud Foundation to get anybody excited for now. Cloud operators get a new toy called VMware SDDC Manager, a core component of VMware Cloud Foundation that helps customers and service providers automate the deployment and management of VMware cloud software.

For its part, SDDC Manager can work with VMware's whole stack and it's expected that service providers will be the first to adopt it.

IBM will offer it as a service. SDDC Manager can hook into existing on-premises vSphere implementations, or span both ends of a hybrid cloud if an organization chooses to deploy it on-premises.

VMware promises a 6 to 8 times reduction in the necessary time to deploy cloud infrastructure with the tool.

To some observers, VMware has probably learned the mess it made when it insisted buying its EVO:RAIL hyperconverged appliance would mean buying new licences, so this time you'll be able to bring your existing licences into Cloud Foundation.

At first blush, Cross-Cloud looks interesting for two reasons. First, it solves an evolving problem. Secondly, Dell trademarked cross-cloud, not VMware. Yet the EMC/Dell deal has not formally concluded.

Source: VMware.

Sponsered ad: Get a Linux Enterprise server with 92 Gigs of RAM, 16 CPUs and 8 TB of storage at our liquidation sale. Only one left in stock.

Sponsered ad: Order the best SMTP service for your business. Guaranteed or your money back.

Share on Twitter.

IT News Archives | Site Search | Advertise on IT Direction | Contact | Home

All logos, trade marks or service marks on this site are the property of their respective owners.

Sponsored by Sure Mail™, Avantex and
by Montreal Server Colocation.

       © IT Direction. All rights reserved.