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VMware enhances its hybrid cloud platform with new cloud management and container networking capabilities 

VMware enhances its hybrid cloud platform with new cloud management and container networking capabilities 

VMware announced updates to its software defined data center (SDDC) platform, Cloud Foundation, to offer cloud management and provisioning capabilities across hybrid cloud environments through its vRealize Suite.

The new VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 will address the increasing demand for hybrid cloud of enterprises so that they get faster innovation along with more agile and service-oriented IT model, based on both private and public clouds.

VMware Cloud Foundation has been integrated with Intel Select Solutions which brings the capabilities of Intel Xeon Scalable processors and other Intel technologies to VMware customers.

VMware said that the Intel powered Cloud Foundation will provide customers more security and reliability, as well as top performance for traditional and containerized workloads.

“VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 will be a leap forward in delivering on our promise of providing customers with the simplest path to the hybrid cloud,” said John Gilmartin, VP and general manager, Integrated Systems Business Unit, VMware. “Since introducing VMware Cloud Foundation in 2016, our customers have consistently purchased and deployed vRealize Automation alongside the platform for automated delivery of application and infrastructure services. It was a no-brainer for us to integrate VMware Cloud Foundation and the vRealize Suite to automate the deployment and configuration of cloud management services to accelerate customer time to market.”

The cloud management capabilities of Cloud Foundation can be used for an on-premises, private cloud, as well as hybrid cloud environments, like VMware Cloud on AWS.

Since VMware Cloud Foundation is integrated with VMware SDDC Manager, the deployment and configuration of vRealize Automation, vRealize Log Insight, and vRealize Operations are automated. It helps enterprises to achieve faster time to value.

vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight integration will make it easier for enterprises to plan, manage and scale the hybrid cloud deployments.

VMware has also added vSphere Integrated Containers to Cloud Foundation 2.3, which will provide enterprises the container infrastructure and enable them to run containerized and conventional applications simultaneously on a single platform.

Also read: VMware acquires VeloCloud to lead enterprises into a software-defined networking future 

VMware claimed that Cloud Foundation offers up to 8x faster time to market as compared to legacy hardware-defined data centers. It also can boost admin productivity by automating Day 2 operations (patching, updates and monitoring), and reduce the hardware costs and TCO of private cloud deployment by up to 40%.

Cloud Foundation 2.3 will be available from February 2018, while the company said that Intel Select Solutions for Cloud Foundation will be available in first half of 2018.

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