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VMware touts multi-cloud strategy with expanded hybrid cloud portfolio

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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.


Dell builds tighter VMware integrations for cloud, app modernization

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Dell Technologies on Tuesday rolled out a series of updates to its products and services deeply integrated with VMware, the software company within its portfolio that serves as the linchpin to Dell's cloud effort. Specifically, Dell announced updates to Dell Technologies Cloud, portfolio updates to better support VMware's Tanzu platform for app modernization, as well as updates to its storage and data protection portfolio for VMware workloads. The announcements were timed to coincide with VMware's annual VMworld conference, which is virtual this year. Dell Technologies holds an 81 percent stake in VMware -- and it may spin off VMware, so it can monetize its stake in the virtualization company. Still, VMware is critical to Dell's multi-cloud efforts.


Nvidia and VMware team up to help enterprises scale up AI development

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Enterprises can begin to run trials of their AI projects using VMware vSphere with Tanzu together with Nvidia AI Enterprise software suite, as part of moves by both companies to further simplify AI development and application management. By extending testing to vSphere with Tanzu, Nvidia boasts it will enable developers to run AI workloads on Kubernetes containers within their existing VMware environments. The software suite will run on mainstream Nvidia-certified systems, the company said, noting it would provide a complete software and hardware stack suitable for AI development. "Nvidia has gone and invested in building all of the next-generation cloud application-level components, where you can now take the NGC libraries, which are container-based, and run those in a Kubernetes orchestrated VMware environment, so you're getting the ability now to go and bridge the world of developers and infrastructure," VMware cloud infrastructure business group marketing VP Lee Caswell told media. The move comes off the back of VMware announcing Nvidia AI Enterprise in March.


Nvidia and VMware team up to help enterprises scale up AI development

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Enterprises can begin to run trials of their AI projects using VMware vSphere with Tanzu together with Nvidia AI Enterprises software suite, as part of moves by both companies to further simplify AI development and application management. By extending testing to vSphere with Tanzu, Nvidia boasts it will enable developers to run AI workloads on Kubernetes containers within their existing VMware environments. The software suite will run on mainstream Nvidia-certified systems, the company said, noting it would provide a complete software and hardware stack suitable for AI development. "Nvidia has gone and invested in building all of the next-generation cloud application-level components, where you can now take the NGC libraries, which are container-based, and run those in a Kubernetes orchestrated VMware environment, so you're getting the ability now to go and bridge the world of developers and infrastructure," VMware cloud infrastructure business group marketing VP Lee Caswell told media. The move comes off the back of VMware announcing Nvidia AI Enterprise in March.


Lenovo debuts new hyperconverged systems with Nutanix, Microsoft and VMware

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Lenovo's Data Center Group on Thursday announced a series of new and updated hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) systems, delivered in partnership with Nutanix, Microsoft and VMware. The expanded lineup comes as organizations, still responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, turn to virtual desktop infrastructure to support remote workers. "Covid has caused many customers ot actually accelerate business modernizations," Kamran Amini, Vice President and General Manager of Server, Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure at Lenovo DCG, said this week. Customers, he said, are asking, "How quickly can I deliver solutions, and deploy and scale based on my needs?" HCI is uniquely suited to provide virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).