At the first day of VMworld, CEO Pat Gelsinger went on stage and talked about the power of VMware Cloud Foundation and the future direction for Hybrid Cloud services running on any Public Cloud Provider.
VMware’s strategy is to accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption by making it possible to moving resources between Private and Public Cloud Providers based on a business need.
According to Pat Gelsinger the movement of workload to Public Cloud began in 2006.
- In 2006 98% traditional IT 2% Public Cloud (mostly salesforce.com)
- In 2011 87% traditional IT 7% Public cloud service 6% private cloud service
- In 2016 73% traditional IT 15% Public cloud service 12% Private cloud service
- In 2021 50% traditional IT 30% Public cloud service 20% Private cloud service
- In 2030 19% traditional IT 52% public cloud service 29% private cloud service
One could ask why Pat Gelsinger spent so much time on these numbers. We all know that the cloud market is growing at a rapid speed and consists of all sorts of Cloud vendors today. But VMware wants to be the one that can expand their on-premise infrastructure to manage these clouds! In a nutshell, the vision is to master the cross-cloud environment.
VMware seems to understand the importance of delivering solutions to companies around the world and has already partnered with over 4,200 service providers in 119 countries. To accelerate the journey, IBM will be certified in Q4 2016 as a vCloud Air Network partner. Next is VMware Cloud Foundation on Amazon (available in mid-2017). And more to come…
What do you need to make this a reality? One is a Cloud Management Platform and the other is a platform to run VMware Cloud Foundation.
Cloud Management Platform will offer the framework for:
- Automated IT service delivery
- Advanced monitoring and troubleshooting
- Business reporting
- Compute virtualization
- Network Virtualization
- Storage virtualization
- Should IT-organizations spend time on building a Private Cloud Platform or rather focus on creating the right service for the company they work for?
- Are IT-organizations ready for a Private Cloud Platform that is delivered as a pay-as-you-go model? For example one where the technology vendor delivers the converged stack on a consumption-based usage?
- VMware 500.000 customers
- VSAN 5.000 customers (VMware gets 100 new customers every week)
- NSX 1.700 customers
SDDC is the building block of Cross-Cloud offerings
SDDC seems to be the engine behind the vision for Hybrid Cloud. When you look at the layers of VMware’s Vision – Any Device, Any Application, Any Cloud, you see that the building block is the SDDC. vSphere is the foundation of this approach, but the focus on virtualized networking and security (with NSX) and software-defined storage (with Virtual SAN) with management and automation provided by vRealize. Each of these elements continue separately, but VMware is focused on how everything fits together to optimize businesses’ agility.
Takeaway from the keynote session
Cross-Cloud offering that paves the way for moving virtual resources via a compatible layer between current cloud partners and mega-cloud vendors like AWS.
The new product called VMware Cloud Foundation which provides a unified SDDC platform for the Hybrid Cloud and a set of Cross-Cloud services that provide security, availability and agility – and tie to the core SDDC infrastructure. Is this really a new product or just a re-packaging of VMware’s Cloud Portfolio? You can decide for yourself!