On the occasion of the VMworld event (October 5-7), VMware announced a series of services around multi-cloud networks. The company, called Cross-Cloud, wants to remove the complexity of managing, deploying, and securing applications in different cloud environments. It also takes the opportunity to emphasize safety.
For several months, VMware has been guiding its strategy around multicloud and the focus is logically on this topic at VMworld 2021. With one priority in mind: to position itself to meet the growing needs in the field and firmly rooted in the age of distributed infrastructures and applications in the clouds. According to the publisher, about 75% of its customers rely on two or more public clouds, and 40% use at least three. A medium-sized company has about 500 apps, all of which are under update. Some will continue to evolve in the private cloud, many will migrate to the public cloud but may not change much while others are being rewritten, sometimes fundamentally. We face a very diverse landscape of applications, and it cannot be said that one answer can cover all of these needs,” stated our colleague from IDG, CEO of VMware, Raghu Raghuram. multicloud switzerland [agnostique, NDLR] Giving customers the freedom to choose the right cloud based on their strategic business goals. “
To help businesses better navigate multiple clouds, VMware is launching a cloud-based service offering. Goal: To provide customers with a choice of specific services for the platform of their choice, including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle. These services integrate a variety of VMware products from container support to networking, security, and desktop software. These include in particular Tanzo, VMware Cloud, vRealize, NSX, Carbon Black, Workspace One and the latest Edge. For existing VMware customers, integrating these many components can make life easier but still require some learning efforts according to the experts. Will customers need all of this? Maybe not right away. “They can start building and deploying cloud-native applications as needed with this package,” said Brad Casimor, vice president of research at IDC’s Data Center and Multicloud Networking business. “Enterprise workloads will increasingly become cloud-native and microservices will be the norm, so VMware is on the right track.”
vSphere cloud-native connection
VMware Cross-Cloud Services will be part of a new family of multicloud SaaS services previewed at VMworld. Dubbed Project Arctic for the time being, the vendor said, will integrate cloud connectivity into vSphere, allowing customers to manage cloud resources across multiple public and private clouds from a single console. Krish Prasad, Senior Vice President and General Manager Cloud Infrastructure for VMware Division, wrote in a blog post.
“Millions of IT administrators using on-premises vCenter will be able to build their domain expertise and take advantage of the expanded capabilities of the cloud. Customers will instantly access VMware Cloud resources and deploy services across the cloud. For example, they can enable cloud disaster recovery with just a few clicks or take advantage of Security services for threat detection and ransomware protection.
The Arctic is one of several cloud-related developments announced at VMworld 2021. Others are also on board like Capitola to create software-defined memory. It is designed to allow clients to automatically increase memory as applications need it without the need for major infrastructure changes. The Cascade project aims to simplify the way Kubernetes developers access resources in a cloud environment, while Ensemble aims to provide customers with a unified view of cloud resources through vRealize cloud management services.
Cloud security tool that rises a notch
In terms of security, the company mentioned “Elastic Security Edge” service for extending and adapting the network and security infrastructure in a data center or edge environment to changes in application traffic. VMware provides a suite of control plane services for networking, security, and monitoring, as well as a single-scale distributed architecture that enables an EASE environment. [Elastic Application Security Edge] It grows and shrinks whenever the application needs to change,” says the group. Among the features is the extension of security policies to workloads wherever they are run.
Additional security tools have also been announced. This pertains for example to Carbon Black Cloud which can now be simply activated from vCenter, making protection against ransomware attacks simpler and faster to deploy. Tanzo Service Mash has been developed to provide developers and security teams with a better understanding of API bindings in polymorphic environments to meet the DevSecOps challenge. To improve the recovery process in the event of a cyber attack, Disaster Recovery offers file and folder level recovery allowing clients to extract specific files or folders from virtual machines without booting them. This will allow customers to have new, uncorrupted data injected into a clean restore point as part of the ransomware recovery process.
Zero trust applied to multi cloud and edge
Also note the progress in CloudHealth Secure State that now supports Kubernetes Security Posture Management to provide deep insight into misconfiguration vulnerabilities across both Kubernetes clusters and public cloud resources. Not to mention the joint developments from VMware and Intel to secure edge environments right down to terminals and applications. The idea is to integrate the Intel vPro platform and VMware Workspace One to automate the maintenance and security update of computers wherever they are. “VMware is showing customers that traditional network security hardware and architecture are outdated for the multicloud environment,” said Brad Casimor. He adds, “VMware is good at security because it provides safeguards for protection and simplifies management of security infrastructure. This is important as customers are moving toward a mistrust approach appropriate to multi-cloud and edge networks.”