VMware Takes a Stab at Simplifying Cloud Mgmt

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Cloud management is a must for any business today, but managing on-premises infrastructure together can add unwanted complexity. From multiple silos to data center sprawl, companies are often left with a complex and error-prone system.

VMware believes it has the answer with vSphere+ and vSAN+, which it unveiled at VMworld 2021. According to the company, these offerings help customers bring the benefits of cloud management to their on-premises infrastructure with no disruption to workloads or hosts.

VMware's customers commonly face difficulties managing their vSphere environment due to its distributed and siloed nature. As a result, these companies face increased operational complexity and inefficient maintenance experiences. The release of vSphere+ and vSAN+ hopes to alleviate these issues.

vSphere+ and vSAN+ offer centralized cloud-based infrastructure management, integration with Kubernetes, access to new hybrid cloud services, and a flexible subscription model. As part of the VMware Cloud strategy, the new offerings provide consistent infrastructure with value-added capabilities across distributed environments.

“VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ represent the next major evolution of those foundational solutions that customers know and trust,” said Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager for VMware Cloud Platform Business, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group, VMware. “Wherever customers are on their digital transformation journey and in executing their cloud strategy, vSphere+ and vSAN+ will help accelerate their transformation by bringing the benefits of cloud to their existing on-premises infrastructure and workloads, along with simplified consumption via a flexible subscription model.”

For example, with vSphere+ and vSAN+, customers can activate add-on hybrid cloud services like disaster recovery and ransomware protection. As a result, companies of any size can consume new capabilities, security, and product updates at a much faster pace, VMware claims.

The combination is already drawing rave reviews from customers and analysts. "VMware vSphere+ blurs the line between on-premises and cloud. The combination of cloud operating model with familiar toolsets will be a big win for us," said Vishal Gupta, chief information officer at Lexmark.

“By enabling the ubiquitous datacenter hypervisor with cloud services, users will be able to onboard innovative capabilities that can be delivered immediately and fully managed from the cloud to address a broad range of pain points such as management efficiency, scale-out Kubernetes operations, and DR. The future possibilities of this delivery model, such as with vSphere+ and vSAN+, are endless and can be a key tool for enterprises to modernize existing infrastructure quickly with minimal burden,” added Gary Chen, IDC research director for software defined compute.

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