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 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.
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."
After Dell Technologies announced its divestiture of VMware last April, and despite the fact the two companies soon will be going their own merry but separate ways, they're both huddling for an important industry solution that should keep them united with their common customers for a long time to come. As the first major announcement of the virtualized VMworld 2021, Dell on Oct. 5 introduced a new type of infrastructure-as-a-service, co-engineered with VMware, to connect its Apex Cloud Services platform with VMware's cloud. The combination, loaded with potential benefits, is designed to automate and otherwise smooth out management of hybrid and multi-cloud deployments for a large number of organizations that use both companies in their IT systems. Basically, Dell Technologies Apex Cloud Services with VMware Cloud, now in private beta testing, aims to provide secure and routine operations across multi-cloud environments. The new IaaS offering will give enterprises the ability to move workloads across multiple cloud environments and scale resources quickly with predictable pricing, the company said.
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.