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VMware has unveiled VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 – the latest release of its integrated hybrid cloud platform. VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 would speed up the time to deploy hybrid cloud by adding a full set of cloud management capabilities. 

VMware Cloud Foundation provides a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, network and security, and now cloud management. Its built-in, automated lifecycle management would simplify the administration of the software stack from initial deployment to patching and upgrading.

VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 introduces integrated cloud management platform (CMP) capabilities that would provide customers with a simplified path to building a hybrid cloud based on consistent infrastructure and operations. The platform will deliver management and provisioning of compute, network, storage and application services at scale across hybrid cloud environments via integrations with VMware vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight.

VMware Cloud Foundation is available for on-prem deployment or consumed as a service in the public cloud via VMware Cloud on AWS, IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions, CenturyLink, Fujitsu K5, OVH and Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware.

Heterogeneous Server Support

The integration of VMware Cloud Foundation and vRealize Automation would help customers to achieve greater business agility by automating application and infrastructure service delivery via self-service capabilities and Day 2 operational capabilities across a hybrid cloud. Customers will be able to model complete application and infrastructure stacks in the form of blueprints that include compute, storage, networking, and security resources along with all of the relationships that bind them together. According to VMware, the intelligent operations delivered by the combination of vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight would help enterprises to plan, manage and scale their hybrid cloud deployments with confidence.

Additionally, VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 introduces heterogeneous server support (different server models) within a single rack as well as the ability to select specific servers for each workload domain. This combination of new features would provide enterprises with increased flexibility by enabling them to tailor their environments specifically to the needs of their applications. Additionally, support for varied hardware would enable IT departments to achieve greater ROI on existing hardware.

Global cloud provider Rackspace, for example, is delivering Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware and is built on VMware Cloud Foundation. Its VMware-based deployment would help customers reap the benefits of the software-defined data center in a solution that is delivered as a Service and fully managed by Rackspace.