VMware is excited to announce the upcoming availability of VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3, the latest release of our integrated hybrid cloud platform. First introduced at VMworld 2016, VMware Cloud Foundation is an integral part of our cloud strategy to help customers build hybrid cloud environments based on the complete VMware Software-Defined Data Center in order to achieve digital transformation. Cloud Foundation 2.3 presents even greater opportunities for partners as it provides capabilities that greatly expand the customer value proposition.
VMware Cloud Foundation Overview
Cloud Foundation is the simplest path to hybrid cloud through an integrated software platform that delivers a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, network and security, along with cloud management capabilities to optimize and automate delivery of traditional or containerized enterprise applications. Built-in lifecycle automation simplifies the administration of the cloud environment, from initial deployment, to provisioning of infrastructure clusters, to patching/upgrading of the platform. Cloud Foundation can be flexibly deployed on premises on certified vSAN ReadyNodes or as part of integrated systems from major OEMs. It may also be consumed as a service from select VMware Cloud™ Providers and VMware’s own VMware Cloud™ on AWS.
What’s new in VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3
Our Cloud Foundation blog provides full detail on the latest features however at a high level, the two most important features in the release are:
- Integration of full set of cloud management services. Cloud Foundation 2.3 introduces integrated cloud management services based on the capabilities of the vRealize Suite. SDDC Manager now automates the deployment and configuration of the software components necessary to deliver intelligent operations (vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight) and IT automation for Infrastructure as a Service (vRealize Automation) as part of the Cloud Foundation platform. This expansion in the capabilities of Cloud Foundation will provide enterprises with a complete hybrid cloud platform featuring the freedom to deliver, run and manage traditional or cloud-native applications across private and public cloud environments.
- Heterogeneous server support. Cloud Foundation 2.3 introduces heterogeneous server support (different server models) within a single rack, as well as the ability to select specific servers for each workload domain. This combination of new features will provide enterprises with maximum flexibility to tailor their environments specifically to the needs of their applications. Additionally, support for varied hardware will enable IT departments to achieve greater ROI on existing hardware.
A Common Cloud Platform
So how can Cloud Foundation become critical to your customer’s IT strategy and assist them in realizing true digital transformation? To respond to the ever-increasing demand for faster innovation, organizations are looking to shift to a more agile, service-oriented IT model that leverages both private and public clouds. Highly dynamic, agile, available, and programmatic compute, storage, network and security services are no longer a business advantage but are simply “table stakes” to remain competitive.
Cloud Foundation simplifies the path to the hybrid cloud by:
- Making private cloud easy: To build a private cloud, IT needs to 1) modernize infrastructure by virtualizing compute, storage, network and security with a software-defined approach that removes dependencies from underlying hardware 2) automate the delivery and ongoing management of the virtualized infrastructure enabling end users to consume it as a service at scale for any application. Cloud Foundation delivers a complete, enterprise ready private cloud that is simple to operate with built in automated lifecycle management.
- Integrating with public clouds: to take full advantage of public cloud services in a world where enterprises continue to run IT operations in-house, customers need the flexibility to consume the same cloud platform that they run on premises, as a service through public cloud partners. This means customers have a common IT foundation that delivers a consistent operational model across private and public that can be managed using existing skill set and processes. Cloud Foundation is available as a service through VMware Cloud on AWS, and from third party VMware Cloud Providers, such as IBM Cloud, CenturyLink, Rackspace, OVH and Fujitsu K5.
How VMware Cloud Foundation Benefits Partners
- Increase VMware deal size: when you sell Cloud Foundation, you are selling the complete Software-Defined Data Center in a way that removes the risk of shelfware, since the platform deploys all the core capabilities in an automated fashion. This approach increases customer satisfaction as well as “stickiness” for the overall solution.
- Sell more hardware: Cloud Foundation deploys a rack-scale, hyper-converged architecture, which means that every software sale will drag new certified servers and network switches.
- Focus on high-value services: Because Cloud Foundation deploys a complete SDDC environment, you will have the opportunity to attach a larger number of high value, business-integration services that allow users to take full advantage of the wide set of capabilities that make up Cloud Foundation.
- Seize the hybrid cloud opportunity: you have the opportunity to build a practice and become a strategic advisor to your customers in their journey to hybrid cloud leveraging a single solution that spans their private and public cloud initiatives with a consistent approach.
VMware Cloud Foundation is the next-gen platform that can help your customers’ achieve digital transformation through the VMware SDDC. For additional technical information, please utilize the following resources: