By Mathew Lodge, Vice President, Cloud Services at VMware
Today Google and VMware announced we’ve reached an agreement to integrate selected Google Cloud Platform services into vCloud® Air™:
Google Cloud Storage– Distributed low-cost object storage service
Google BigQuery – A real-time analytics service suitable for ad-hoc business intelligence queries across billions of rows of data in seconds
Google Cloud Datastore– A schemaless NoSQL database service
Google Cloud DNS– A globally-distributed low-latency DNS service
VMware vCloud® Air™ customers get access to more services on vCloud® Air™ that complement what VMware offers today. When we ran the VMworld 2014 application on vCloud Air we were able to rapidly scale to meet demand, and we also generated millions of data points on application usage. We needed a way to quickly analyze that and ask “what if?” questions. BigQuery is a great way to quickly store and analyze that data, but it’s tough to use if it isn’t integrated with vCloud Air.
Hybrid cloud adoption continues to gain momentum, and businesses across nearly every industry are eagerly working to infuse agility into their organization by adopting the hybrid cloud model. The message is clear: “We like this. It works.”
Agility through the cloud isn’t completely new. For years, companies have had the option to swipe their credit card, buy public cloud services, and get on with business. So why isn’t every business going that route?
The fact remains; many organizations still view security as a big obstacle to fully embracing the public cloud. Why all the fear?
Perhaps it’s because businesses are forced to accept the tradeoff of new security concerns for the benefit of agility and speed. With a typical public cloud, you don’t get the proven secure infrastructure of the private data center.
A hybrid cloud model that extends a company’s existing and proven private cloud infrastructure to the public cloud represents a fundamental shift, one that has the potential to change perception and reduce the fear that comes from the unknown of public cloud usage.
Yes, hybrid cloud means some stuff will be off-premises, sometimes.
On Tuesday, the vCloud Air team announced new enhanced disaster recovery and advanced networking services for VMware vCloud Air along with the general availability of vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, which provides customers a quick online sign-up to pay for only those resources that are used. “VMware vCloud Air provides our clients with these benefits for both new and existing applications,” said Bill Fathers, EVP and GM of VMware’s Cloud Services Business Unit. “The service enhancements announced today reflect strong client interest in a public cloud platform compatible with existing vSphere environments.”
“More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies to agriculture to national defense. Many of the winners are Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial technology companies that are invading and overturning established industry structures. Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.”
A scant three years later, it’s time for us to admit that software has already eaten the world. It’s also time for us to get over it and start dealing with the consequences.
Here’s a simple challenge: Name one industry or a single aspect of our social lives that hasn’t been dramatically and irreversibly changed by the power of software. Whether entertainment or education, travel or medicine, genetics or physics, banking or shopping, driving or communicating – I challenge you to find a single activity not influenced by or totally redefined through software. Entire industries – travel agencies, bookstores, photography labs, music stores, telcos – have either disappeared or have had to reinvent themselves to survive.
Until recently, incumbents routinely enjoyed decades of prosperity in every industry – including software. But in this brave new world, whether consumer or enterprise, we are innovating at such a pace that products introduced just a few years ago are already obsolete or being disrupted. As computation and storage costs continue to decrease and network bandwidth increases – as computing finally becomes a true utility – we’ll find more and more applications that can benefit from the power of software.
Perhaps the IT understatement of 2015 will be that not all hybrid clouds are created equal. Indeed, with new offerings popping up each quarter, it’s becoming clear that a vast cross section of “hybrid cloud solutions” don’t qualify as true hybrid clouds.
The reasons to invest in a hybrid cloud are many and varied (we’ve enumerated a few in the infographic below), but once you’re sold on the service, it’s crucial to make sure that you’re actually getting the right capabilities to address the needs of your business. Is your cloud easy-to-use and cost-effective? Or is it an unwieldy and expensive Frankencloud?
The infographic below will help you tell the difference.
By Bill Fathers, executive vice president and general manager, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware
Today, we have very exciting vCloud Air news to share. Not only are we extending our hybrid cloud service to Australia, but after completing a successful beta program, vCloud Air will be generally available in Japan in the coming weeks. The combination of vCloud Air with the VMware vCloud Air Network of service providers, which includes more than 20 data centers in Australia, makes VMware the largest hybrid cloud network in the Asia Pacific region.
The new service location in Australia, expected to be available in the first half of 2015, provides customers with a hybrid cloud option operated by VMware that addresses local compliance and data sovereignty concerns. VMware vCloud Air enables organizations to seamlessly expand their on-premises IT infrastructure to the public cloud. The resulting hybrid cloud is compatible with clients’ existing applications and allows them to build new cloud-native applications, delivering agility and efficiency to the business in a secure, reliable and compliant manner. IT departments can view, manage, and operate the cloud environment in a unified way and the service is compatible with Hybrid Cloud Services powered by the VMware vCloud Network of service providers.
In Japan After the successful beta program announced this past July with SoftBank Telecom Corp. and SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp. (SoftBank C&S), vCloud Air will be generally available in Japan in the coming weeks. The beta program was a success with more than 50 companies who participated; these companies will be making the transition to general availability allowing them to provide a true hybrid cloud for enterprises.
Today’s announcement is a true testament to VMware’s commitment to partnering with our clients as they begin or continue their journey to the cloud and to the global expansion of our products and services.