It’s No Longer About Cloud First - VMworld 2021 Explores How Enterprises Can Become “Cloud Smart”

If there is one thing to take away from VMware’s announcements at VMworld 2021, it is that multi-cloud is the future.

“Multi-Cloud is the digital business model for the next 20 years, as entire industries reinvent themselves. It’s no longer about a ‘cloud first’ approach. It’s about being ‘cloud smart.’ Organisations should have the freedom to choose the 'right’ cloud based on their strategic business goals,” said Raghu Raghuram, CEO of VMware, as he kicked off the company’s flagship event.

Multi-Cloud provides numerous benefits to organisations, including flexibility, consistent best-of-breed updates, and vendor selection options. Ineffective multi-cloud management, on the other hand, can present challenges and limitations.

Raghu stated that the enterprise architecture is much more distributed, workloads are much more diverse, and businesses are running on various clouds but each one has its own siloed tools and systems, making it even more difficult to manage, connect, and secure the applications running on them.

“Whether you realise it or not, you're facing the same set of operational challenges that companies like Netflix do but, with a fraction of resources. Put it all together, it is a multi-cloud environment that's more diverse than anything we have managed in the past. Now, it's only getting more complex,” said Raghu.

VMware believes that every organisation should have the ‘AND' strategy in their multi-cloud business and nothing else:

  • Freedom AND control.

  • Developer autonomy AND DevSecOps efficiency.

  • Enterprise apps on any cloud AND full control with cost savings.

  • Anywhere access for employees AND world-class security.

To achieve all this, VMware introduces the all-new VMware Cross-Cloud Services, a family of services for developing, running, and securing applications across any cloud. According to Raghu, there are three major benefits to using VMware Cross-Cloud Services: Accelerated journey to the cloud, cost savings, flexibility and control across all clouds.

VMware Cross-Cloud services expand VMware's product portfolio's capabilities for a multi-cloud world, allowing customers to pick and choose the services required on the desired cloud to meet evolving business demands. VMware Cross-Cloud services are made up of five main components:

  • A state-of-the-art platform for building and deploying cloud-native apps.

  • Cloud infrastructure for operating and running enterprise apps.

  • Cloud management for monitoring and managing the performance and cost of apps across different clouds.

  • Security and networking that spans across entire multi-cloud operations to connect and better secure all apps.

  • A digital workspace to empower the distributed workforce along with edge solutions to deploy and manage edge-native apps.

Seizing Opportunities at the Edge (Securely)

At the event, VMware also announced a number of new innovations, such as VMware Edge, a product portfolio that will enable businesses to run, manage, and better secure edge-native apps across multiple clouds, anywhere. VMware Edge solutions are purpose-built for edge-native apps and their specific performance and latency requirements.

“In every industry, there is a whole new set of applications emerging that are the intersection of the physical and the digital world. This is the big driver for the growth of the edge, new native edge native applications,” said Raghu. “The second driver is the rise of the remote workforce. Securing and managing users and devices connecting in from home networks is the next great challenge and the best place to do it is at the edge of the network.”

Raghu stated that this is giving rise to a whole new set of innovations in the security space known as SASE and that these are some of the business drivers that are driving innovation at the edge, and a major reason why VMware is delivering and investing in technologies that deliver value at the edge.

He added that with modern enterprises confronted with an evolving threat landscape and increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks, this has also become a complexity. And VMware addresses this through intrinsic security, a real-time strategy for securing all existing infrastructure and control points across any application, cloud, or device.

“We have incorporated security into our endpoint platform (Workspace One), edge of the network using Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), data centre east-west traffic using NSX advanced security capabilities, cloud properties using NSX, Kubernetes multi-cloud environments using authoring technology, as well as our cloud posture management technology with Project Dawn Patrol,” Raghu explained.

In that sense, all of these enable customers to secure their workloads regardless of whether they run them on the private cloud, at the edge, or with any of the cloud operators. This is the foundation of their multi-cloud strategy.
Other Notable Announcements

Aside from this, VMware also showcased a few other new offerings such as the Tanzu Application platform. A platform that provides an exceptional developer experience for enterprises building and deploying apps and APIs on any Kubernetes cluster. Second, Project Dawn Patrol, a platform that provides full visibility into all of your cloud assets and dependencies. And lastly, the VMware Tanzu Community Edition, a free and simple to use Kubernetes platform for learners and users.

Raghu shared that the new innovations demonstrate how VMware is focusing on and listening to what their customers want and that everything they do as a company revolves around assisting their customers in unlocking the full value of multi-cloud to accelerate their business. With these announcements, especially VMware Cross-Cloud Services, he said, “We are committed to giving you the power of ‘AND’. We believe every organisation should have freedom and control in their multi-cloud business. Maybe most important, you should always have the power to shape your own destiny in a multi-cloud world.”

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