VMware on Wednesday unveiled VMware Cloud, a set of modular, multi-cloud services that bring together VMware's Tanzu and Cloud Foundation platforms. Tanzu is VMware's portfolio for building and managing modern applications and is designed to deliver enterprise-grade Kubernetes at scale. The VMware Cloud Foundation is the company's portfolio of compute, storage and networking technologies. In a press briefing, Raghu Raghuram, chief operating officer of products and cloud services for VMware, said VMware Cloud is the core foundation of VMware's multi-cloud strategy, which is to provide a portfolio of modular cloud services that run on VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure, as well as on native public cloud infrastructure. "This foundation enables customers to run VM-based applications or container-based applications in a consistent way, and lets developers connect to the native cloud services on any of these platforms, and then IT can manage and secure them all in a centralized fashion," said Raghuram.
VMWare has announced the acquisition of Heptio in a bid to ramp up the adoption of Kubernetes services in the enterprise. On Tuesday at the VMworld 2018 Europe summit in Barcelona, the tech giant said that Heptio will "open new channels for VMware to further engage the open-source community and harden upstream Kubernetes as well as support the cloud-native needs of the largest enterprises in the world." Financial details were not disclosed. Founded in 2016 by two of the creators of Kubernetes, Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie, Heptio is a contributor to the Kubernetes project, an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications, and the technology's deployment by organizations. The company, which has previously secured a total of $33.5 million through two funding rounds, also offers enterprise players consultancy and training services for Kubernetes.
This week at VMworld 2020, VMware announced new innovations to help customers build, run, manage, connect, and protect any app on any cloud. According to the company, over 15 million enterprise workloads run on VMware in the cloud. "VMware has reached a major milestone in its plan to unlock the power of every cloud for every business. We now support customers' application strategies by delivering VMware-based services on every major public cloud provider and hundreds of VMware Cloud Verified partners worldwide," VMware chief operating officer of products and cloud services Raghu Raghuram said. "As we drive our strategy forward, we are expanding our portfolio of cloud infrastructure, operations, and security services to enable faster application migration and modernisation, and better business agility, and resiliency."
At the VMworld conference this week, VMware is rolling out a series of security advancements that cover multi-cloud, applications and the workspace. For stronger, flexible cloud-to-cloud security, VMware is introducing the industry-first elastic application security edge (EASE, pronounced as "easy"). EASE is a set of data plane services for networking, security and observability -- delivered with a unique scale-out distributed architecture that allows an EASE environment to grow and shrink as app needs change. In other words, as you expand your application up and down with more traffic, VMware can expand the infrastructure so services like the firewall or load balancer also get bigger or smaller to meet the needs of the application. "This is a big departure from the way things have historically been done," Ambika Kapur, VP of Product Marketing for VMware's Networking and Advanced Security Business Unit, said to ZDNet.
IBM is expanding its cloud footprint with new deals from enterprise clients VMware and SugarCRM. Virtualization giant VMware will now offer its cloud-hosted Horizon Air desktop and apps via the IBM Cloud. Meanwhile, Salesforce competitor SugarCRM will give its clients the option to deploy its entire platform on IBM's cloud. For IBM, the deals support the company's assertion that it's cloud is gaining momentum among enterprise service hosts such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure. IBM says its cloud also hosts services from Box, SAP, Github, Fleetcor, and Chubb.