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.
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 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.
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."
Oracle on Thursday announced it's expanding the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution to all of Oracle's public cloud regions, as well as Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer deployments. The Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, first announced last September, effectively lets customers run the full VMware Cloud Foundation software stack on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The expanded service is part of Oracle's push to gain a better foothold in the public cloud market by winning over customers with deeply-entrenched on-premise workloads. Unlike competing public cloud offerings, the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution gives organizations access to a complete, customer-controlled VMware environment. Customers can use key services not available on other public clouds, like VMware Host Client for ESXi Management.