VMworld 2018 Day 1 What’s New

VMworld 2018 Day 1 started off with some exciting announcements from Pat Gelsinger that I want to highlight in this post.

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Announcements at VMworld 2018 Day 1

VMware Cloud on AWS goodies

  • Amazon Web Services is now available in Sydney, Australia. This allows VMware Cloud on AWS to now be deployed in the Sydney region
  • VMware vSAN utilizing Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Storage) and new Amazon EC2 R5.metal instances (Still in Preview as of August 2018)
  • New 3 host minimum SDDC environment. Limited promotion, offering 3-host SDDC for the price of 2
  • Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) – now combines VMware Cloud Motion with vSphere Replication to allow an easier migration path between on-premise and VMware Cloud on AWS. Also allows for bulk VM migrations to VMware Cloud on AWS (Still in Preview as of August 2018)
  • Elastic DRS maintains an evenly balanced workload across all hosts in the cluster. It provides recomendations to scale in or scale out (add or remove hosts) based on the workloads and thresholds
  • VMware Cloud on AWS core service now includes a migration assessment and cost comparison tool – Cost Insight
  • Customers who purchase the new vSphere Platinum with 5 or more CPU’s will be entitled to $10,000 of  VMware Cloud on AWS credits.
  • Customers can now configure the number of physical CPU cores per host (Still in Preview as of August 2018)
  • The Cloud Gateway virtual appliance, provides a single view which allows for management of both on-premise and VMware Cloud on AWS resouces (Still in Preview as of August 2018)
  • VMware NSX allows for Micro-Segmentation of east-west traffic within VMware Cloud on AWS (Still in Preview as of August 2018)
  • VMware Real-Time Log analysis is now included free of charge within VMware Cloud on AWS core service
  • Read more at https://cloud.vmware.com
  • VMware Cloud on AWS Road Map

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)

  • RDS will be available from within either VMware Cloud on AWS or on-premise VMware vSphere
  • Read More on Techcrunch

Project Magna

  • Focuses on learning an application behavior in which it can optimize the application and underlying infrastructure to provide greater performance and efficiencies
  • Leverages AI / ML to self-optimize virtual infrastructure
  • The reference today for Project Magna was self-driving datacenter
  • Read more at – taking to new exciting level at VMworld 2018

Project Dimension

  • Partnership with Lenovo and Dell EMC that will provide on-premise SDDC hardware-as-a-service cloud
  • VMware takes care of managing Infrastructure, monitoring, troubleshooting, patching and maintenance
  • The Hardware for Project Dimension is pre-configured and shipped out to the customer
  • Discover more on Project Dimension at – Introducing Project Dimension

VMware vSphere Platinum

  • vSphere Platinum includes VMware Appdefence which leverages Machine Learning to provider better security for applications
  • Appdefence learns the intended application behaviour, locks compute and network using the knowledge of the application, adapts to continuous change and lastly shrinks the attack surface with little operational effort
  • In combination with Appdefence and NS
  • Check out the following link for more on vSphere Platinum – Introducing vSphere Platinum

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1

  • The release date for vSphere 6.7 Update 1 will be towards the end of 2018
  • Provides an upgrade path from vSphere 6.5 Update 2
  • Within vSphere 6.7 Update 1 HTML 5 interface, all administrative functions are now included, such as Update Manager
  • You can now migrate from an external PSC to embedded PSC with the vCenter Server Converge Tool located on the VCSA ISO
  • Update 1 makes it easier to create a cluster, add hosts and configure the hosts with identical settings using a new workflow called Cluster Quickstart
  • Enhanced Content Library allows importing OVA templates from local storage or an HTTPS source
  • VMware vSphere vMotion for NVIDIA Quadro vDWS vGPU powered VM’s
  • Find out more about vSphere 6.7 Update 1 by clicking here – Under the Hood vSphere 6.7 Update 1

VMware Cloud Operations

  • Addresses the challenges of multi-cloud environments by delivering a SaaS based multi-cloud platform for automation, analytics, cost managemnt and compliance.
  • Read more on VMware Cloud Operations by clicking here – New Cloud Operations Services

Cloud Health

  • To simplify operations across native public clouds VMware intends to acquire CloudHealth
  • Read about he press release here – VMware announces intent to acquire CloudHealth

ESXi for ARM

  • Allows ESXi to run on 64-bit ARM devices at the edge
  • We got a glimpse of this running on VMware ESXi 6.8.2
  • Read more about ESXi for ARM based processors here – The Register – ESXi on ARM

Workspace One

  • Managing End-User Computing (EUC) with simple patch management that gives nearly 100% guarantee your future patches will not cause an issue with your current applications
  • Workspace One provides cross-platform modern management with insights and automation
  • Read more on Workspace One here – Workspace One Digital Workspace

Project Concord

  • An Open-source infrastructure project for digital consensus and smart contract execution for enterprise blockchain
  • Find out more about Project Concrod here – Technology Innovations at VMworld 2018

NetApp HCI and VMware Private Cloud

  • NetApp HCI with VMware vSphere collaborate together to bring you an automated out of the box Private Cloud build driven by NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) This solution has been completely validated and the full validated design can be found by clicking here. Read the full blog post on VMware Private Cloud with NetApp HCI – VMware Private Cloud and NetApp HCI partnering for operational efficiencies
  • Introducing the new NetApp H610S 1RU storage expansion node that can be used to increase storage within either your HCI or Solid Fire deployments. Containing 12 x lightning fast NVMe SSD drives per node along with 25Gb network port connectivity. A super dense storage unit that is sure to blow your mind on performance. Read the full blog post here – Storage Expansion for NetApp HCI and Solidfire

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