VMware in the Clouds recap – reference guide


This again has been a massive year for VMware. So many clouds so many announcements. Here is a quick portfolio guide to what VMware is offering in public clouds from last year until now.

Q3 2016 announcements 

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger opened VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, by telling his audience that “a new era of cloud freedom and control is here.” Mr. Gelsinger used his keynote to introduce the VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture. This is a game-changing new architecture that, as he says, “will enable customers to run, manage, connect, and secure applications across clouds and devices in a common operating environment.”

What business needs, is technology that helps to successfully manage digital transformation by offering freedom and control of cloud resources. That solution, Mr. Gelsinger announced, is here: VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture.

The Ultimate Hybrid Cloud Architecture

The VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture is rooted in VMware’s leadership in private and hybrid cloud. By building on the core technologies of VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) approach—virtualized compute, storage, and networking—customers can embrace public clouds while taking advantage of the tooling and processes they use to manage on-premises workloads.

VMware’s new Cross-Cloud Architecture is the answer how to manage and secure workloads running in multiple clouds.


Introducing VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cross-Cloud Services

VMware Cloud Foundation, is a unified SDDC platform that makes it easy for customers to manage and run their SDDC clouds by simplifying the installation, updating, and lifecycle management of private cloud infrastructure.

Another way VMware is making it easy for customers to simplify management of their private cloud is by offering VMware Cloud Foundation “as a service” from service providers. This new offering was made be available first through IBM.


“We recognize that in addition to your private clouds, most of you are using public clouds,” Mr. Gelsinger said. “You need a better way to manage that collective whole.” These services, give VMware customers the ability to manage, govern, and secure applications running in private and public clouds, including AWS and Microsoft Azure.

VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture

Mr. Gelsinger showed us how VMware Cloud Foundation and Cross-Cloud Services come together to form VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture.


“It’s an architecture,” Mr. Gelsinger concluded, “that allows customers to simplify and accelerate their digital transformation.” It is an architecture that responds directly to the biggest challenges customers face by offering simplicity, cloud freedom, and control.

Watch the video for highlights from Gelsinger’s VMworld 2016 keynote introducing VMware’s Cross-Cloud Architecture.


2017 announcements

Any Cloud

Software as a service management tools delivered from the Cloud to be able to manage across both OnPrem and your public Clouds.



Horizon-as-a-Service to be able to deliver VDI Desktops hosted on Azure Cloud. More here!

Amazon Web Services

Bare metal vSphere SDDC with vCenter, NSX and vSAN in Amazons Data Center. Watch the demo here.


Apply NSX policy to Amazon EC2 instances. Request access here!

vmware nsx cloud logo

Deliver consistent cloud networking and security for applications running natively in public clouds.

Google Cloud Platform

Pivotal Container Service (PKS) – Kubernetes as a Service – on vSphere with the ability to burst out to Google Cloud Platform. Read more here!

I think this gives a good overview and it will help you. I will try continue to update as there are more announcements.


Source: VMware; Google; Kubernetes; AWS; Microsoft; Ryan Kelly

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