VMware news and announcements – December 3, 2021

VMware news and announcements – Nov 23, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Here is some recent VMware related news, announcements, and useful links.

VMware news and announcements – Oct 29, 2021

There’s a lot of great VMware information that comes out on a daily basis. I thought I’d share some recent VMware related news, announcements, and useful links from the past couple of weeks.

VMware Cloud – Continuing VMware’s Force-for-Good for Cloud Choices

One of VMware’s guiding principles is to be a force for good (VMware 2030 Agenda). VMware’s impact to reducing CO2 emissions for customers worldwide has been well documented (VMware Global Impact Report 2020). But in addition to that, VMware’s force for good has enabled customer choice, by liberating organizations from physical constraints. For many years, that meant a choice in hardware to run or access applications. Now, VMware Cloud means customers have a choice to run any application in any cloud with a consistent experience.

From an IT perspective, applications are the center of the universe. For years, IT operational staff have worked to perfect building, running, and managing compute, network, and storage. But none of that would matter if there weren’t applications to run a business.

If there’s a SaaS offering that meets your business needs like Salesforce.com, Workday, and Coupa, then go for it!

For all other applications, the choice is to use a common off-the-shelf software package or build your own. Regardless, that application has to run somewhere, either in the public cloud or in your private data center cloud. There are many factors leading to that choice.

I’ve worked with a large worldwide bank who’s proven that with VMware they can build, run, and manage their own data centers more cost effectively than current big name public cloud providers.

I’ve worked with another financial services company who sees the need for AWS and Azure public clouds so they can burst capacity on demand because having infrastructure on standby is not economically feasible in their own private cloud. However, they need to maintain private clouds to meet the security and performance requirements of some applications. Thus, they require a hybrid cloud and multi cloud strategy.

As you can see, there’s no single clear answer to where applications should reside. That’s why VMware offers choice. One thing is clear, of the organizations VMware studied this year, 90% of executives are prioritizing migration and modernization of their legacy apps. VMware understands that businesses need a range of modernization strategies and the 5R’s of app modernization; Retain, Rehost, Replatform, Refactor, and Retire is designed to do just that.

Retain – If applications must be Retained in a private cloud, then many companies have proven that with VMware Cloud Foundation and vRealize Suite, they can operate their own cloud to achieve the highest levels of performance, availability and efficiency and do it cost effectively, securely, and operationally simple.

Rehost/Migrate – Some customers are choosing to Rehost or Migrate their applications in a public cloud. The good news is that the same private cloud solution that has powered 85 million workloads for the most demanding businesses is available in over 4000 public clouds like VMware Cloud on AWS, Azure VMware Cloud, and 1000’s of our other cloud partners. Applications can be migrated instantly, without disruption or having to recode them and they can be secured and managed the same way as in their own private cloud. Once there, the native cloud service can be leveraged to add new functionality to existing apps.

Replatform – With vSphere 7, VMware brings native Kubernetes support to vSphere. This allows you to Replatform or repackage existing applications into containers and orchestrate them in Kubernetes.  In other words, you can run, observe, and manage containers in the same way you manage VMs.

Refactor/Build – VMware has a long history of supporting open-source applications for millions of developers. With VMware Tanzu, developers can build new digital services for the future by

rewriting and Refactoring existing apps to cloud native architecture, Building new ones, deploying them quickly, and operating them seamlessly. 

Retire – If you execute your application modernization strategy well, you’ll be able to Retire legacy applications that have been costly to maintain.

VMware believes the needs of your business and applications should drive your cloud strategy. VMware Cloud supports applications deployed across a range of private and public clouds that are unified with centralized management and operations and centralized governance and security. 

VMware’s force for good maintains your choice for your applications.

For more information on today’s VMware Cloud announcements, check out: The Distributed, Multi-Cloud Era Has Arrived

vSphere 7 Assignable Hardware and Dynamic DirectPath I/O for Latency Sensitive Applications

Lately I’ve been looking into virtualizing latency sensitive applications like the ones used in a lot of financial institutions. In vSphere 6 and below, configuring SR-IOV to hardware accelerate network traffic for latency sensitive VM’s would limit the vSphere features per the SR-IOV Support documentation. This is also true with DirectPath I/O. However, the good news is that vSphere 7 has a new feature called Assignable Hardware that has two consumers; The new Dynamic DirectPath I/O and NVIDIA vGPU. Dynamic DirectPath I/O helps by providing the same functionality as ‘legacy’ DirectPath I/O, but does not pin a workload/VM to a host. This brings back HA and DRS Initial placement to VM’s configured for latency sensitive applications. vMotion is not supported because vSphere cannot live migrate a VM that is directly tied to a physical device. SR-IOV devices are also supported by Assignable Hardware when used as pure passthrough devices.

The VMware High Performance Compute team has been working with our vSphere development teams to bring more capabilities to high performance compute and latency sensitive virtualized workloads without sacrificing bare metal performance.

For more details on Assignable Hardware, check out:

vSphere 7 – Assignable Hardware

vSphere 7 – Using Assignable Hardware with Dynamic DirectPath IO

VMware for AI & ML Workloads

28 years ago I spent a year preparing a University thesis focused on Neural Networks. Practical usage and the job market wasn’t there back then but lots has changed and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) is everywhere. VMware has been focused on AI/ML for awhile by incorporating it into its products and making it easier for customers to run those types of workloads on top of vSphere. Recently I started looking deeper into this and uncovered some great resources that I thought I would share.

This is a good blog summarizing VMware’s strategic direction: VMware’s AI/ML direction and Hardware Acceleration with vSphere Bitfusion

AI/ML was popular at VMworld 2020 and you can see a list of the focused sessions here: Your Guide to AI/ML Content at VMworld 2020. To view the recorded session, you can go to the VMworld On-Demand Video Library. If you don’t have an account already, you can create one.

Some of the announcements at VMworld 2020:

To keep up to date check out the VMware ML/AI BLOG: VMware Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

VMWARE EDGE AND IOT CONTENT REFERENCE GUIDE – HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT VMWARE EDGE AND IOT?

Often I get asked where to go to learn more about VMware Edge and IoT. So I created a “VMWARE EDGE AND IOT CONTENT REFERENCE GUIDE – HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT VMWARE EDGE AND IOT?” page that I will keep up to date with the latest and greatest content references. Click the link below to check it out:

Edge and IoT – Content Reference

Edge and IoT at VMworld 2019 San Francisco

VMworld 2019 is a week away. If you are going and want to take in all the Edge and IoT action VMware has to offer, here’s a great blog outlining the breakout sessions to attend.

VMworld 2019 – Edge and IoT Session Guide

In addition, you can stop by the Edge and IoT Zone Booth next to the VMware booth in the Solution Exchange. There you’ll find many of our great eco system partners demonstrating interesting use cases in conjunction with VMware solutions. You can also get a demonstration of VMware Pulse IoT Center managing Edge and IoT infrastructure. I look forward to this event every year so I can bump into old friends and meet some new ones. And I prefer San Francisco over Vegas so it should be a good week.