Major Announcements from VMworld 2017

VMworld was held again in Las Vegas this year and it was as busy as ever. Lots of new products and announcements as usual, so we have outlined some of the key takeaways from this year’s event. Cloud, security, and next generation networking are the top 3 areas of focus that had the most buzz around the convention floor.

     1. VMware Cloud on AWS (Amazon Web Services)

VMware Cloud on AWS was announced as generally available. It is based on Cloud Foundation and integrates some vSphere components with vCenter management. The initial release is a software-defined datacenter with vSphere, vSAN and NSX on dedicated hardware inside AWS. The server specifications are: 2 sockets (18 cores per socket), 512GB RAM and 13.8TB raw SSD storage). The minimum service is 4 hosts, and a maximum of 16 hosts all managed by vCenter. Once the service is in place, you can connect VMs to other AWS resources like RDS databases, EC2 instances, S3 storage, etc. The entire solution can be tied to NSX Edge virtual appliances for a hybrid approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information: https://www.vmware.com/products/cloud-foundation.html
     2. AppDefense
On the security end, AppDefense was talked about in a lot of the sessions. This is basically security for applications running on virtualized or cloud environments. The main purpose of AppDefense is to monitor application profiles, identify any changes (based on learned behaviors) and autonomously respond to attacks. The estimated cost is $500 per CPU per year for vSphere 6.5 customers.
More information: https://www.vmware.com/products/appdefense.html

 3. Next Generation NSX

Another big topic was the next generation NSX offerings with NSX Cloud and NSX-T 2.0 (taking dev/ops and IT to a common platform in which both sides can collaborate even further). NSX Cloud allows you to develop and test applications that are using the same exact network and security profiles used in the production environment. With disaster recovery, you can recover to your public cloud in the event of an unplanned outage. You can also migrate workloads between public clouds.
Additional NSX information
https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX-Cloud/services/Getting-Started-Guide-NSX-Cloud.pdf
Additional NSX-T information
https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX-T/2.0/com.vmware.nsxt.ncp_openshift.doc/GUID-30FECC09-B327-49CB-874F-DBDD3CF5208E.html

VMware made a big push to make sure that you upgraded to vSphere 6.5 to be able to take advantage of all the new components that are available both on-premises and in the cloud.

Please contact Champion Solutions Group for more information at [email protected] or call 800-771-7000.

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