After Las Vegas, VMworld 2017 just completed its way also in Barcelona with a great success in terms of attendees. Nothing unexpected has been announced, but the view and how VMware is moving on the market enforces its leadership in the virtualization industry.
Most important feature announced is the VMware Cloud on AWS that allows existing workloads to run in AWS cloud with no need to change the VMware management tools used so far to administer the infrastructure. This new feature adds flexibility to the environment taking advantage of AWS services.
With VMware on AWS you can use a minimum of 4 hosts up to 16 hosts maximum controlled by a single vCenter Server instance. When your workloads are on AWS, you can really forget worries due to hardware failures or licensing issues. Pricing is available in the VMware website with a dedicated page.
In terms of security, VMware announced AppDefense, a solution that monitors and profiles applications to ensure another security layer to the environment. Applications with an inappropriate behavior are detected and AppDefense provides a defense responding to potentials attacks to the applications.
This solution provides protection leaveraging vSphere and VMware NSX to automate the correct response to the threatand. AppDefense is licensed per CPU with a yearly fee of 500$.
Pivotal Container Service (PKS) is another announced new feature in collaboration with Google that delivers Kubernetes-based container services for multi-cloud enterprises and service providers. This solution should simplify creating, deploying and managing container projects at scale.
Roles are distributed as follow:
- Google - brings Kubernetes as container orchestration tool
- Pivotal - adds the Platform as a Service
- VMware - adds a management layer (deploy containers and manage the entire container lifecycle)
General session - Day 1
CEO Pat Gelsinger and Sanjay Poonen took the stage exploring the essential pillars responsible for reshaping industries.
General session - Day 2
CEO Pat Gelsinger and Ray O'Farrell for key announcements.
Attending VMworld event was a great experience and a big opportunity to know what's new in VMware world and to share with people experiences and solutions. Useful and interesting breakout sessions hold by expertises helped to better understand some configuration scenarios and recommandations for having optimized and secure systems.
VMworld gives you the opportunity to meet vendors to get latest info and all the IT pros that often you just know via social media only.
Looking forward to next VMworld!