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VMware's Project Arctic aims to make hybrid cloud the default operating model


VMware on Tuesday announced Project Arctic, a technology preview of a new architecture for its vSphere virtualization software. Project Arctic effectively makes hybrid cloud the default operating model. It natively integrates cloud connectivity into vSphere, allowing customers to leverage cloud services for any workloads running on vSphere, including on premise ones. Customers will be able to leverage unlimited cloud capacity on demand and access VMware cloud services through vCenter. Project Arctic showcases how VMware is evolving its products to support customers' multi-cloud strategies.

VMware touts multi-cloud strategy with expanded hybrid cloud portfolio


VMware has used the first day of VMworld in Las Vegas to announce a handful of innovations across its hybrid cloud portfolio of infrastructure and management software, pushing its multi-cloud business strategy as offering flexibility to customers. Newly announced is the vSphere Platinum Edition, a new release of vSAN to further ease hyperconverged infrastructure adoption, and new updates across the VMware vRealize cloud management platform, which VMware said will help customers deliver developer-friendly infrastructure from any cloud with more secure and consistent operations. As far and fast as cloud computing is embedding itself into the enterprise, there remain many cloud-resistant applications and services. Speaking with press ahead of the announcement, VMware VP and CTO for the Americas Cameron Haight said consistent infrastructure allows for the datacentre, the cloud, and now the edge to operate harmoniously. "We want to make sure we provide a consistent operation environment ... we want to make that digital foundation ubiquitous," Haight said.

VMware updates CloudHealth, vRealize with more support across major clouds


VMware on Tuesday announced a series of updates to CloudHealth and vRealize, tools that help customers with multi-cloud management. The updates make these tools more valuable across a broader reach of public cloud vendors. The updates are in keeping with VMware's ongoing efforts to serve as a bridge across public cloud providers. In 2020, then-CEO Pat Gelsinger said VMware's goal is "to become the multi-cloud infrastructure provider of choice." VMware acquired CloudHealth in 2018 for multi-cloud management.

VMware adds to Kubernetes portfolio Tanzu


After unveiling its new apps portfolio Tanzu last year, VMware has on Tuesday announced it is expanding the offering. The Tanzu portfolio debuted in March, providing a package of tools for building and managing applications. VMware's goal, CEO Pat Gelsinger said at the time, is to become "the ubiquitous, central infrastructure to enable our customers' digital transformation." Over the last year, VMware has added to the Tanzu portfolio, expanded its partner ecosystem, and added new customers. The first Tanzu-branded offering was Mission Control, which allows customers to have a single point of control to manage all of their conformant Kubernetes clusters regardless of where they are running -- vSphere, public clouds, managed services, packaged distributions, or DIY Kubernetes.

VMware updates vRealize portfolio with more automation


VMware on Tuesday announced a series of updates to its portfolio of vRealize Cloud Management tools. In addition to adding more automation to the suite, VMware is adding enhanced Kubernetes support, deeper integration with key tools and overall usability improvements. The improvements around vRealize are all aimed at consolidating the management of applications, platforms and infrastructure. VMware's ultimate goal, CEO Pat Gelsinger has said, is to become "the ubiquitous, central infrastructure to enable our customers' digital transformation." The latest updates include several to vRealize Automation 8.2 and VMware vRealize Automation Cloud, such as more granular role-based access control (RBAC), better support for multi-tenant infrastructure and network automation with NSX policy APIs. There's also now self-service provisioning of Kubernetes namespaces and improved infrastructure-as-code capabilities.