Rumors have been circulating for some time that Oracle’s lack of support for the growing number of customers who run its software on VMware would soon be a thing of the past. That time has arrived.
A recent survey by Datamation reveals that multi-cloud computing has gained significant traction in the enterprise. Multi-cloud strategies combine the services of several cloud companies, such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, into one deployment. While 43% of organizations still rely on a single cloud provider, a growing number of organizations are diversifying – 35% of organizations use two cloud providers, 17% use three, and 6% use four or more providers.
VMworld 2019 made a glorious return to its more traditional location at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This was a welcomed location change across the VMware community (except, perhaps, for the hotel room costs) after a three-year stint in steaming Las Vegas. The marketing tag line was “Make your mark…” and the general session theme was “Build, Run, Manage.” Kubernetes played center stage which isn’t a surprise considering this is the first VMworld since the Heptio acquisition was announced at VMworld Europe in 2018. In this blog post I’ll cover the major announcements and sprinkle in some honorable mentions that caught my eye. This is not an all-inclusive list of all the happenings at VMworld as that would be more of a blog series than a post. Feel free to reach out on our contact us page if you have questions about announcements you don’t see mentioned in here.
If you’re leveraging container technology and using Kubernetes to orchestrate those containers, you’ll know that building and operationalizing an enterprise-grade Kubernetes services isn’t easy. In areas such as security, networking, multi-tenancy, and persistence, container orchestrators are still maturing. Complementary tools to maintain, scale, monitor, and self-heal are also lagging.
Today’s workforce is no longer desktop-bound. Your company’s employees have become digital nomads, constantly seeking new tools and technologies to work successfully from anywhere. They have a variety of devices to choose from, but, at the end of the day, IT must still manage and protect every endpoint, PC, macOS, user, app, and bit of data – even when they sit outside the traditional corporate network.
If you’re like most organizations, you’re looking to leverage the cloud—but in way that makes sense for your business. Sometimes that includes building a private cloud—or running workloads in a public cloud. The challenge can be uniting both worlds in a way that makes sense—and works with the direction you’ve already taken with your data center strategy.
Whether starting from scratch from bare metal or looking to leverage your existing infrastructure investments—there’s just a lot of guess work involved with creating your cloud strategy, especially since most organizations want a hybrid cloud approach. But what if there were ways to remove most of that guesswork and achieve some really remarkable results by using an integrated solution that’s already solved most of your challenges?
In fact, VMware has created such an integrated solution, VMware Cloud Foundation, that can help you:
- Accelerate your time to market up to 15x faster time by eliminating complex processes around system design, testing, bring-up, configuration, and provisioning
- De-risk your cloud deployment with quick, repeatable, secure deployments
- Lower TCO of private cloud deployments by up to 30-40%*
- Future proof infrastructure by running any app, both traditional and cloud-native in containers
Planning for the future means endless possibilities. Where should our data be stored? How do today’s infrastructure decisions impact our end-state goal? Where are our workloads going to be run? What are our future capacity needs? As an IT professional these questions are constantly at the forefront of your mind. According to research firm IDC, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is leading the fastest growing segment of storage solutions, making it the hot topic in every discussion.
Today’s IT executives have been keeping a watchful eye on the improvements in HCI since it has been around for several years but has only recently seen rapid adoption. New generations of HCI solutions provide faster deployment, lower cost of operations, and increased ROI—making the modern enterprise more flexible and agile. As businesses of all sizes see the benefits of adopting HCI, the adoption rates continue to compound.
We’ve all heard that cloud computing is coming and taking over but when will it finally happen? It’s here! But what does this mean to enterprise IT? Companies can now pursue numerous infrastructure possibilities with the confidence that they can support their business and deliver significant benefits.
Why Move to Hybrid Cloud?
In Clearpath’s experience, moving workloads to a hybrid cloud model using VMware’s Cloud Management Platform delivers high levels of agility, efficiency, and control across traditional and cloud native applications. Public cloud availability gives access to on-demand and temporary resource needs without high-cost, on-premise investments. At the same time, data stored in the enterprise’s private cloud environment can be accessed with less frequency or with the greatest speed.
Many experts agree that 2018 is the breakthrough year for cloud computing. Adopting any form of hybrid cloud gives customers the best of both private and public clouds - 96% of enterprises have adopted some form of the cloud while 81% have embraced hybrid cloud¹.
Ask any corporate worker or the IT employee charged with managing their technology usage and you will hear about the multitude of applications used daily. Whether at their office or on the go with their phone, new work trends require IT teams to navigate a nuanced world, affected by the rise of data breaches and hiring of remote workers.
One area of re-emergence is the interest in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. Defined as virtualization solutions which host a desktop operating system on a centralized server in a data center, VDI solutions simulate operating systems from a host of devices including traditional PCs or mobile phones and tablets. VDI exists in persistent and non-persistent states, which respectively saves and discards sessions after each session, offering a differing level of personalization and protection against security breaches.
Let’s face it, the world of security has been very preoccupied. Between hardening the networks, and wresting to gain control over the exponential growth of mobile and remote access, security engineers have been busy. The boundaries of IT’s realm have blurred, making security around both these areas an ongoing challenge as hackers continue to innovate against your dynamic, distributed infrastructure landscape.
Enterprise mobile management (EMM) and the latest endpoint security technologies have enabled new levels of user flexibility while minimizing risk. And network virtualization solutions allow for unprecedented capabilities to detect and isolate problems behind the firewall.
But in a world where everything we do in IT, and in business, is driven by apps, it makes sense to adopt an app-centric approach to security.