As businesses continue with their digital transformation, the requirements for better, faster and stronger applications increases as well. For now, most organisations are focused on building and running their applications on the cloud of their choice, the data centre or the edge with enterprise resiliency, security and operations being key factors.
At the same time, tech companies that have been using the pay-as-you-use and subscription models seem to have been doing a lot better during the pandemic as organisations are still careful about how they make their digital investments.
Hence it comes as a surprise that organisations surveyed by a VMware report show that 90% of app initiatives are focused on modernisation and 80% today deploy applications in a distributed model across data centre, the cloud and edge.
According to Raghu Raghuram, COO, Products and Cloud Services, VMware, there are still some challenges for digital businesses as the enterprise transformation moves slowly due to complexities faced. This includes transforming monolithic apps to cloud-native and the ability to move apps to the cloud as well as scarce developer skills. Add security and management silos in and the equation only becomes more complicated.
In light of this, VMware unveils the VMware Cloud, a distributed, multi-cloud platform that enables organisations to accelerate application modernisation across the data centre, edge, and any cloud.
Companies can now unlock the power of multi-cloud and deliver modern applications at the speed of business via the VMware Cloud. It provides distinct advantages to both developers and IT operators who are often forced to make trade-offs. VMware Cloud boosts developer productivity by enabling them to build and deploy to any cloud. The platform enables IT to modernise infrastructure and operations with better economics and less risk.
Raghu explained that VMware Cloud allows businesses to achieve the simplicity of a single cloud operating model for their multi-cloud reality and gain portability to help minimise and help address the challenges of single cloud silos. VMware Cloud customers can realise substantive benefits including as much as 80% better developer productivity with VMware Tanzu Application Service, 59% lower operational costs and 46% faster cloud migration.
With VMware Cloud, customers can deploy apps to VMware Cloud Foundation running in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Cloud; on VMware Cloud on Dell EMC; and across hundreds of VMware Cloud Verified partners. VMware Marketplace provides customers access to thousands of validated third-party and open-source developer solutions. VMware Cloud customers can also deploy and operate across native public clouds and give developers access to all native cloud services.
Evolving From Cloud to Multi-Cloud
With the launch of VMware Cloud, VMware is announcing new offerings that bring a more integrated experience to customers. These offerings include:
Fidelma Russo, SVP and GM, Cloud Services, VMware, described multi-cloud computing as a new industry category. The enterprise multi-cloud today is built up of multiple public clouds, private and local clouds and multiple edge clouds. As such, new capabilities and options are needed to enhance the cloud and apps for customers.
VMware Cloud Universal allows its customers to gain greater flexibility and portability to adopt the cloud at their own pace and benefit from a single operating model across clouds. VMware Cloud Universal is ideal for customers committed to a hybrid cloud architecture; that have extended or variable cloud migration timelines; that have cloud bursting requirements; or desire an OPEX model for on-premises infrastructure.
With VMware Cloud Universal, customers purchase credits for VMware’s multi-cloud infrastructure and management and apply these credits to deployments of VMware Cloud Foundation on-premises, VMware Cloud on AWS, or VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.
VMware Cloud Console supports the VMware Cloud Universal by delivering end-to-end visibility and control of all VMware Cloud infrastructure across on-premises, the cloud and edge environments. Cloud Console is an integrated portal where customers can allocate, manage and better optimise all VMware Cloud resources. Through Cloud Console, customers can redeem credits, provision deployments of VMware Cloud Universal eligible offerings and reach out to VMware support organisations.
Meanwhile, the new VMware App Navigator service engagement helps organisations prioritise app modernisation initiatives and deliver results faster. Other portfolio rationalisation services attempt to plan “everything”, are slow to complete and include many assumptions that often end up being wrong.
App Navigator takes an agile approach to portfolio analysis. It uses automated tooling and hands-on experimentation to plan just enough to get started, then quickly scale app and cloud transformation initiatives. During an engagement, customers work alongside VMware practitioners to rationalise their app portfolio, identify modernisation strategies and environments for different apps based on business and IT goals and build an outcome-oriented roadmap. This enables customers to deliver on business needs faster, regardless of who does the work, and enables self-sufficiency to help minimise risk.