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VMworld 2018 Announcements

By Lori Donaldson posted 09-13-2018 01:27 PM


VMworld 2018 Announcements
By Keith Townsend, VMUG Contributor, Principal at The CTO Advisor, Solutions Architect at VMware

I’m sitting down the week after VMworld to write a recap of announcements for VMUG Voice. The question isn’t if any big announcements were made at VMworld. The right question? Which announcement will prove most significant?


A bunch of our peers can’t stop talking about ESXi on ARM. Don’t get excited thinking you’ll take those benefits VMUG Advantage licenses and deploy vSphere on a bunch of Raspberry Pi’s. The solution is aimed at OEM partners. Even if you could get your hands on the ARM bits, the minimum requirement starts at a 64-bit Cavium processor.

VMware is targeting the edge and IoT. VMware is tacking cloud at the edge. Seems like VMware has learned a thing or two from running VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS. The ARM solution is part of an edge cloud strategy code-named Dimension which has VMware managing the on-premises ESXi instances as a service. The solution is in tech preview. Washington DC VMUG leader Mike Letschin makes an argument for this being the biggest announcement.

AWS RDS on vSphere

My favorite announcement of the show extended the partnership with AWS. VMware and AWS announced the capability to provision RDS databases from the AWS console a local instance of vSphere. A customer’s on-premises vSphere cluster appears as a customer region in AWS. In a discussion with an analyst at VMworld, the long-term industry expert called Amazon on RDS the biggest VMware announcement. The analyst imagined AWS services well beyond RDS on vSphere.

Why stop at RDS? In the view of the analyst, VMware and AWS could deploy services such as AWS EC2 or even Lambda functions. RDS on VMware is also in tech preview.

EBS Storage on vSAN

I met with Yingbin Li, the SVP and GM of VMware’s Storage and Availability Business Unit (SABU). One of the challenges with VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC on AWS) revolves around the mix of storage and compute. Each vSAN node in VMC on AWS equals roughly 10TB of raw NVMe disk space. Customers found the 10TB performant however the inability to add additional storage per node made VMC on AWS a non-starter for larger data workloads.

To relieve the space requirements VMware and AWS teamed up to offer Elastic Block Storage (EBS) as an additional layer of storage for vSAN. Customer can now add up to 35TB of EBS per node. The additional capability opens up new use cases for VMC on AWS including disaster recovery. It’s an intriguing engineering achievement. I’m interested to see how the solution performs with local NVMe in the host and EBS outside of the host.


Cloud Health Acquisition

In a surprise announcement VMware announced the acquisition of cloud management leader Cloud Health. Cloud Health is a “born in the cloud” solution. Unlike many of VMware’s SaaS products, Cloud Health was designed from the ground up to manage public cloud solutions. Milin Desai, VMware’s GM of Cloud Services believes the solution strengthens VMware’s ability to cater to customers looking to public cloud-first strategies.


Workspace One

End user computing is a very big business for VMware. As a reminder, VMUG is hosting a virtual event on September 27th. VMware announced the beta of the Workspace One intelligent hub.

What was the most interesting announcement from VMworld from your perspective? Join the discussion in the VMUG virtual community.