At VMworld 2019 Europe last week, VMware has announced a new multi-tenancy service for ‘VMware Cloud on AWS.’ The new capability would make this cloud service more attractive and available to customers of all sizes through managed service providers (MSPs).
With multi-tenant capabilities, MSPs will be able to “easily” share a pool of VMware Cloud on AWS capacity across multiple tenants. This would help reduce the overall costs of MSPs while providing the flexibility to right-size ‘VMware Cloud on AWS’ environments for mid-market enterprise customers.
Initially, this VMware Cloud Director service will support VMware Cloud on AWS and will evolve to operate and manage other VMware-based clouds. The new VMware Cloud Director service is a SaaS version of the VMware vCloud Director service-delivery platform.
VMware also announced a tech preview of Project Path which will help cloud providers and MSPs adopt new business models that will help generate new value, revenue and improved margins to their cloud businesses.
Hybrid Cloud Strategies
“VMware’s strategy is to offer partners consistent cloud infrastructure and operations that support their customers’ multi-cloud strategies and enable them to simultaneously employ both asset heavy and asset light business models,” said Rajeev Bhardwaj, vice president of products, Cloud Provider Software Business Unit, VMware.
“For the first time, VMware Cloud on AWS will support multi-tenancy through the new VMware Cloud Director service, enabling MSPs to more quickly and easily create full software defined data centers in the AWS cloud for small- and medium-sized enterprises. With Project Path, partners will be able to accelerate their delivery of both VMware-based and native public cloud services, to more efficiently support customer operations across clouds, and better meet customer needs by deploying applications to whichever cloud best suits their business or IT requirements.”
The vast majority of enterprises are going toward an integrated hybrid IT environment, according to 451 Research, with 57 percent of organizations moving toward an integrated on-premises/off-premises hybrid IT environment. IDC Research estimates that 62 percent of public cloud IaaS users surveyed use multiple IaaS providers.
Many enterprises are now pursuing a strategy that brings together native public cloud services and a consistent hybrid cloud environment into a single cloud strategy, says VMware. In response to this shift in customers’ cloud strategies, cloud providers, too, would be evolving their own multi-cloud journey. VMware is innovating to support partners’ diverse business models.
Project Path: Multi-Cloud Service Delivery for CSPs
Today, cloud providers are delivering highly differentiated cloud services from their own VMware-based clouds. Increasingly, cloud providers would be looking to expand their business model to offer VMware Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) running in the major public clouds without owning and operating the underlying cloud infrastructure. These asset-light business models have created the need for Project Path, according to VMware. This would enable cloud service providers (CSPs) to unify service delivery and operations for VMware-based clouds running both in their own data centers and in public clouds.
Project Path will build on and expand on foundational capabilities of the VMware Cloud Provider Platform – VMware vCloud Director and VMware Cloud Provider Hub – and be rolled out in phases to unify management and operations across all VMware cloud endpoints. These include the own clouds of CSPs; VMware SDDCs running in AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, or Oracle Cloud; and native public clouds.
Cloud providers will be able to deliver a suite of cloud services – self-service multi-tenant IaaS, containers, migration, backup, disaster recovery, object storage, database as a service, security, application templates, and more – on any VMware cloud endpoint. Additionally, Project Path would help unify cloud provider operations such as customer management, customer usage, billing, and customer support across all VMware-cloud endpoints.
VMware Cloud Provider Program
Today there are more than 4,300 VMware Cloud Providers in more than 120 countries operating out of more than 10,000 data centers. VMware Cloud Providers are trusted advisors for customers that need expertise and guidance navigating their cloud journey. These cloud providers include hyper-scalers such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud and OVHcloud, and strategic regional providers with specific geographic, vertical industry, or service expertise.
The number of VMware Cloud Verified partners – a set of strategic partners offering a complete VMware SDDC as a service as well as value-added services – now stands at 88 worldwide. The Cloud Verified designation would give enterprises confidence their MSP offers the most complete and advanced VMware technologies, with consistent infrastructure and operations across clouds.