VMware Unveils ‘Cloud-Smart’ Approach for Multi-Cloud Era at VMworld 2021

At VMworld 2021, VMware has shared its strategy to help organizations navigate the multi-cloud era with the launch of their VMware Cross-Cloud services. This integrated service package is designed to help deliver a faster and smarter path to cloud for digital businesses. It provides digital companies with the ability to build, run and better secure apps across any cloud with freedom and flexibility.

A multi-cloud environment is far more diverse, complex, and distributed than anything organizations have managed in the past, stated VMware. This complexity would often force trade-offs between moving fast and managing risk, resulting in slower execution while increasing costs. VMware’s strategy is built to help clients overcome difficult decisions and issues by providing a “powerful” mix of flexibility and control in their multi-cloud company.

Photo Raghu Raghuram, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at VMware
“It’s no longer about a cloud-first approach – it’s about being cloud-smart, said Raghu Raghuram, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at VMware.

Today, the average company would run around 500 applications and these applications are spread across clouds. 75% of VMware-clients rely on 2 or more public clouds, while 40% rely on 3 or more public clouds.

“During the past year, organizations fully embraced digital transformation as they were forced to respond to many dramatic changes, accelerating their innovation timelines at record paces,” said Richard Villars, Group Vice President at IDC. “Organizations rely heavily on cloud technologies to evolve and scale as they pivot to competing in a digital-first economy. VMware’s multi-cloud-focused strategy puts it in a strong position to help enterprises take full advantage of multiple clouds and their resources in their own data centers to improve resiliency and the trusted use of technology for delivery of better experiences and business outcomes.”

VMware Cross-Cloud Services for All Apps

To help clients navigate the multi-cloud era, VMware Cross-Cloud services would deliver several key advantages: an accelerated journey to the cloud, cost efficiency, flexibility and control across any cloud.

VMware Cross-Cloud services expands the capabilities of VMware’s product portfolio for a multi-cloud world. It will allow clients to pick and select the services needed on the desired cloud to meet evolving business needs. VMware Cross-Cloud services is comprised of five core building blocks:

  • A platform for building and deploying cloud-native apps
  • Cloud infrastructure for operating and running enterprise apps
  • Cloud management for monitoring and managing the performance and cost of apps across different clouds
  • Security and networking that spans across entire multi-cloud operations to connect and better secure all apps
  • A digital workspace to empower the distributed workforce along with edge solutions to deploy and manage edge-native apps

“Multi-cloud is the digital business model for the next 20 years, as entire industries reinvent themselves,” said Raghu Raghuram, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at VMware. “It’s no longer about a cloud-first approach – it’s about being cloud-smart. Organizations should have the freedom to choose the ’right’ cloud, based on their strategic business goals. With our cloud-agnostic approach, we are uniquely positioned to meet our customers where they are and take them where they want to go. We give every organization the power to accelerate their innovation and control their own destiny in the multi-cloud era.”

Other Announcements at VMworld 2021

At VMworld 2021, VMware is also announcing a variety of new innovations that span VMware Cross-Cloud services, including:

  • Cloud Infrastructure and Management – Unveiling new multi-cloud solutions that help clients migrate quicker and safer to the cloud, speed up app modernization and embrace a cloud-based operating model
  • Apps – Introducing advancements in the VMware Tanzu portfolio to give developers the autonomy to develop and deploy apps on any cloud
  • Edge – Introduction of VMware Edge, a product range that allows clients to run and manage cutting-edge apps in various clouds
  • Security and Networking – New security improvements are also announced, to provide Zero Trust architecture end-to-end inside and across cloud and app environments
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