VMware’s new cloud and edge solutions promise greater efficiency, flexibility and performance

VMware’s new cloud and edge solutions promise greater efficiency, flexibility and performance

At VMware Explore 2022, VMware announced new cloud and edge infrastructure improvements to help organizations better run, scale and secure enterprise workloads. The announcements include new versions of the following solutions: VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware vSAN 8, VMware vSphere eight and VMware Edge Compute Stack 2. The company’s new managed service, VMware Private Mobile Network, is a beta release.

According to the company, the offerings aim to give enterprises more freedom, flexibility and security when managing a multi-cloud environment.

“In highly distributed environments, customers need cloud and edge infrastructure that enables them to scale their operations with consistency, availability, and security—wherever their workloads are running — and at the lowest possible TCO,” said Mark Lohmeyer, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group, VMware. “With our multi-cloud and edge portfolio, VMware serves as the trusted foundation for customers seeking flexibility and choice to run their workloads where they’re best suited.”

The company added that its new Private Mobile Network service helps organizations operate multi-tenant private 4G/5G networks with an enterprise-grade solution. The service integrates with existing IT management platforms and incorporates VMware’s compute, network, security, and edge intelligence solutions.

“Based on hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), Edge Cloud 4 Production servers in combination with virtual clients will replace countless expensive industrial PCs helping us save time and effort, particularly where software rollouts, operating system changes, and IT-related expenses are concerned, said Henning Löser, head of Audi’s Production Lab. “VMware Edge Compute Stack is helping us transform our shop floor environment with a scalable edge infrastructure that provides the foundation for Audi to continue transforming and consolidating shop floor applications.”

VMware says that VMware Cloud Foundation+ is a new architecture that manages and operates full-stack HCI in data centers connected to the cloud. This offers customers greater operational efficiencies by allowing them to manage VM and container-based enterprise workloads across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. With immediate access to new features, cloud services, and streamlined maintenance windows, VMware Cloud Foundation+ provides a comprehensive solution for managing workloads in the cloud, the company says.

VMware vSphere 8 will introduce vSphere on DPUs, allowing for the offloading of security and network infrastructure functions onto DPUs from CPUs. This results in saved CPU cores, higher transaction rates, lower latency and improved cache locality.

VMware vSAN 8 allows customers to experience enhanced performance and storage efficiency, lower TCO and increased availability.

VMware Cloud for hyperscalers helps customers migrate and run enterprise workloads in the public cloud of their choice.

VMware Edge Compute Stack 2 will include support for smaller cluster sizes and higher performance, enabled by new features in VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 2.0. Additionally, the company will introduce initial support for non-x86 processors, allowing for simultaneous IT/OT workloads and workflows on a single stack.

The estimated availability for VMware Cloud Foundation+, VMware vSphere 8, VMware vSAN 8 and VMware Edge Compute Stack 2 is October 28th, 2022. The expected date for the beta version of Private Mobile Network by Vmware is during their Q3 in the fiscal year 2023.

Interestingly, Zededa also recently announced a multi-year OEM agreement with VMware. Under this deal, Zededa will provide its edge orchestration to VMware to ensure secure remote management of edge applications and infrastructure.

Zededa will also permit VMware clients to orchestrate edge devices in distributed environments. The result of this will be the expansion of data center, cloud and edge deployments to smaller non-x86 processor devices.

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