VMware Ups Multi-Cloud Ante With New Services, Expands Cloud Foundation In Play For Wider Cloud Adoption

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VMware Monday introduced a new series of cloud services the company hopes will help channel partners make it easier for customers to work in multi-cloud environments.

The new offering, called VMware Cloud Services, is part of an overall cloud strategy that provides enterprises with flexibility in driving their core technologies, said Chris Wolf, vice president and chief technology officer for global field and industry at VMware.

VMware also increased the ecosystem of its VMware Cloud Foundation with the addition of new partners.

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"Our technology is providing a lot of flexibility to help customers become more agile," Wolf told CRN.

Public clouds allow an application to quickly scale, he said. "But to simplify the operations and get past the challenges of the cloud, customers look to VMware," he said. "We provide the ability to enforce network and security policies across different clouds."

VMware plans to use its annual VMworld conference, being held this week in Las Vegas, to show VMware Cloud Services and other new offerings working on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, and possibly on other public clouds, Wolf said.

VMware Cloud Services brings together six services, some new and some enhanced versions of services already available, to provide Software-as-a-Service-based cloud management.

VMware Cloud Services are aimed at helping customers use cloud-native applications while ensuring they have the types of controls they are used to via their VMware tools, Wolf said. They provide a unified approach to presenting end-to-end metrics around cloud use, cost, traffic and analytics, he said.

The first, Discovery, provides visibility into applications and resources a customer is using in public or private clouds, Wolf said. "It really gives enterprises a look into DevOps," he said. "Software developers might go off and develop something out of sight of the enterprise. Discovery shows these cases, and lets enterprises add their controls."

The second is NSX Cloud, which Wolf said allows the development of secure clouds with micro-segmentation. "It provides consistent network management and policies across multiple cloud environments," he said.

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