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VMware Cloud Exec On Wavefront Acquisition, AWS Strategy, And Why VMware Does Not Want To Be In Public Cloud Business

Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager of VMware's Cloud Management Business Unit, tells CRN that the acquisition gives the virtualization market leader microservices and DevOps prowess for its Cross-Cloud Services offensive.

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What issue is VMware looking to solve with Wavefront?

VMware's core sweet spot is in virtualized infrastructures. We help customers manage the compute, storage and networking, along with the applications running on top of it. But in the last few years, we've seen microservices and container-based applications take off. And they have two big differences versus traditional infrastructures.

The first is that micro apps are very transient. They pop up and may disappear quickly. In the past, you might need to monitor the health of an application every five minutes. Now many applications may not last five minutes. Now you need to monitor them every second. That's a 300 percent increase in scale.

Also, we're seeing up to 10 microservices for every VM [virtual machine]. That means a 3,000 percent increase in scale.

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