Dell EMC VMware September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrastructure Updates
Dell EMC VMware September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrastructure Updates
A summary of September VMware (and partner) related announcements include:
- Workspace, security and endpoint solutions
- Pivotal Container Service (PKS) with Google for Kubernetes serverless container management,
- DXC partnership for hybrid cloud management
- Security enablement via AppDefense
- Data infrastructure platform enhancements (integrated OpenStack, vRealize management tools, vSAN)
- Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud support along with VMware on AWS
- Dell EMC data protection for VMware and AWS environments.
VMware and AWS via Amazon Web Services
VMware and AWS
Some of you might recall VMware earlier attempt at public cloud with vCloud Air service (see Server StorageIO lab test drive here) which has since been depreciated (e.g. retired). This new approach by VMware leverages the large global presence of AWS enabling customers to set up public or hybrid vSphere, vSAN and NSX based clouds, as well as software defined data centers (SDDC) and software defined data infrastructures (SDDI).
VMware Cloud on AWS exists on a dedicated, single-tenant (unlike Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) multi-tenant instances or VMs) that supports from 4 to 16 underlying host per cluster. Unlike EC2 virtual machine instances, VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered on elastic bare-metal (e.g. dedicated private servers aka DPS). Note AWS EC2 is more commonly known, AWS also has other options for server compute including Lambda micro services serverless containers, as well as Lightsail virtual private servers (VPS).
Besides servers with storage optimized I/O featuring low latency NVMe accessed SSDs, and applicable underlying server I/O networking, VMware Cloud on AWS leverages the VMware software stack directly on underlying host servers (e.g. there is no virtualization nesting taking place). This means more robust performance should be expected like in your on premise VMware environment. VM workloads can move between your onsite VMware systems and VMware Cloud on AWS using various tools. The VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered and managed by VMware, including pricing. Learn more about VMware Cloud on AWS here, and here (VMware PDF) and here (VMware Hands On Lab aka HOL).
Read more about AWS September news and related updates here in this StorageIOblog post.
VMware and Pivotal PKS via VMware.com
Pivotal Container Service (PKS) and Google Kubernetes Partnership
During VMworld VMware, Pivotal and Google announced a partnership for enabling Kubernetes container management called PKS (Pivotal Container Service). Kubernetes is evolving as a popular open source container microservice serverless management orchestration platform that has roots within Google. What this means is that what is good for Google and others for managing containers, is now good for VMware and Pivotal. In related news, VMware has become a platinum sponsor of the Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF). If you are not familiar with CNCF, add it to your vocabulary and learn more here at www.cncf.io.
Other VMworld and September VMware related announcements
Hyper converged data infrastructure provider Maxta has announced a VMware vSphere Escape Pod (parachute not included ;) ) to facilitate migration from ESXi based to Red Hat Linux hypervisor environments. IBM and VMware for cloud partnership, along with Dell EMC, IBM and VMware joint cloud solutions. White listing of VMware vSphere VMs for enhanced security combine with earlier announced capabilities.
Note that both VMware with vSphere ESXi and Microsoft with Hyper-V (Windows and Azure based) are supporting various approaches for securing Virtual Machines (VMs) and the hosts they run on. These enhancements are moving beyond simply encrypting the VMDK or VHDX virtual disks the VMs reside in or use, as well as more than password, ssh and other security measures. For example Microsoft is adding support for host guarded fabrics (and machine hosts) as well as shielded VMs. Keep an eye on how both VMware and Microsoft extend the data protection and security capabilities for software defined data infrastructures for their solutions and services.
Dell EMC Announcements
At VMworld in September Dell EMC announcements included:
- Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) and Hybrid Cloud enhancements
- Data Protection, Goverence and Management suite updates
- XtremIO X2 all flash array (AFA) availability optimized for vSphere and VDI
HCI and Hybrid Cloud enhancements include VxRail Appliance, VxRack SDDC (vSphere 6.5, vSAN 6.6, NSX 6.3) along with hybrid cloud platforms (Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Native Hybrid Cloud) along with vSAN Ready Nodes (vSAN 6.6 and encryption) and VMware Ready System. Note that Dell EMC in addition to supporting VMware hybrid clouds also previously announced solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack back in May.
Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials at VMworld Bookstore
Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press) at VMworld bookstore
My new book Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press) made its public debut in the VMware book store where I did a book signing event. You can get your copy of Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials which includes Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) along with hybrid, multi-cloud, serverless, converged and related topics at Amazon among other venues. Learn more here.
Where To Learn More
Learn more about related technology, trends, tools, techniques, and tips with the following links.
- What’s a data infrastructure? (Via NetworkWorld)
- Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press) book companion page
- Top 10 things to know about vSAN (Via Yellow Bricks)
- VMware vSAN Management Today and Future (Via Yellow Bricks)
- Integrated Data Protection for vSAN (Via Yellow Bricks)
- VMworld 2017 Video on demand (Via VMware)
- Top 10 VMworld 2017 hands on labs (HOL) via VMware
- Top VMworld 2017 sessions via VMware
- Amazon Web Service AWS September 2017 Updates
- Microsoft September 2017 Updates
- Dell EMC VMware September 2017 Updates
- Getting Caught Up What Happened In September 2017
What This All Means
A year ago at VMworld the initial conversations were started around what would become the VMware Cloud on AWS solution. Also a year ago besides VMware Integrated Containers (VIC) and some other pieces, the overall container and in particular related management story was a bit cloudy (pun intended). However, now the fog and cloud seem to be clearing with the PKS solution, along with details of VMware Cloud on AWS. Likewise vSphere, vSAN and NSX along with associated vRealize tools continue to evolve as well as customer deployment growing. All in all, VMware continues to evolve, let’s see how things progress now over the year until the next VMworld.
Ok, nuff said, for now.
Greg Schulz – Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, VMware vExpert 2010-2017 (and vSAN). Author of Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press), as well as Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press), Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier) and twitter @storageio.
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