VMware has launched a new Cross-Cloud Services environment designed to make it easier for enterprises to run, manage and monitor their entire suite of cloud computing services from Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft Azure and more, via a single web-based console. The virtualization giant claims many organisations that want the freedom to choose the services that work for them could use this solution to solve many of their challenging multi-cloud problems and issues.
VMware’s latest software-as-a-service initiative will enable enterprises to track the cost and consumption posture of various workloads that are running on rival platforms from a central hub. It can also play a key role in automating, deploying and managing applications when attempting to migrate them to and from private and public clouds. This will be a simple process, even if the apps are not built specifically for the VMware software stack. The company said the new service would use the open application programming interfaces (APIs) to function.
“The story we’re delivering with Cross-Cloud Services is that customers are taking advantage of clouds, and sometimes they are built on us and sometimes they are not,” VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said at the VMworld US conference in Las Vegas last month. “Cross-Cloud Services is allowing those capabilities to be better managed, better secured and better connected across whatever cloud they need and give [enterprises] more freedom of choice.”
VMware has pointed to data that shows that few enterprises now favour an all-in-one solution from a single public cloud provider and that it would start by focusing on Amazon, Azure, Google and vSphere-based clouds as part of its hybrid, multi-cloud approach to building an efficient IT offering.
VMware has also announced it will continue to work closely with IBM after extending its cloud partnership with the tech giant. It is another indication that customers are more and more willing to embrace hybrid cloud environments. In February this year, it began allowing customers to extend their on-premise software defined datacentre workloads to the cloud, with hospitality giant Marriott International among the first to benefit.
Further changes arrived earlier this summer with the launch of Horizon Air portfolio, which aims to empower enterprises to transform their virtual desktop and windows application deployment in the cloud to drive greater business mobility “anytime, anywhere and from any place”.” The unveiling of a new unified SDDC platform, VMware Cloud Foundation, a natively integrated stack encompassing the company’s vSphere, NSX and Virtual SAN, followed this. VMware said the new services would enable business to deploy and move workloads between environments in a quick and timely manner.
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