VMware boosts software-defined edge adoption with new solutions and collaborations

VMware boosts software-defined edge adoption with new solutions and collaborations

VMware has launched new solutions and expanded partnerships, with the goal of helping customers accelerate their digital transformation at the edge.

Amongst the new solutions, the company announces new VMware edge cloud orchestrator telemetry capabilities, as well as the introduction of Intelligent Assist for the VMware Software-Defined Edge.

The multi-cloud services provider is also expanding a collaboration to enable VMware SASE customers to use Microsoft Security Copilot, and unveils Workflow Hub for VMware Telco Cloud Automation to support the rollout of cell sites.

“The introduction of the VMware Software-Defined Edge has resonated with both enterprises and Communication Service Providers,” says Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, service provider and edge at VMware.

“It provides the right-sized compute footprint, the zero-touch orchestration and the network programmability architecture needed to run a variety of edge workloads. We see a proliferation of the software-defined edge at edge locations ranging from Telco 5G cell sites, smart factory floors, energy substations, retail 2.0 stores to branch offices across all distributed enterprises.

“We are helping customers across all four phases of deployment: edge telemetry being the first step, and then workload consolidation, support for edge AI apps leading to real-time applications on the smart factory floor. We deliver on these use cases by incorporating generative AI, enhanced security and advanced automation across our software-defined edge portfolio.”

VMware defines the software-defined edge as distributed digital infrastructure for running workloads across a number of locations, close to endpoints that are producing or consuming data.

VMware’s Intelligent Assist for VMware Software-Defined Edge has been launched to operationalize connecting, securing, and managing workloads, users and IoT devices at the edge.

Based on generative AI technologies, the solution is expected to extend the VMware Edge Intelligence solution to accelerate automation, shrink the skillset gap, and speed up resolution.

Additionally, VMware announced initial integration with Broadcom Inc.’s Symantec. VMware has extended its Security Service Edge (SSE) orchestration integration to include Symantec Cloud Secure Web Gateway (SWG) (formerly Web Security Service). With the new integration, VMware expects to deliver an additional single-vendor SASE option with additional networking and security capabilities.

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