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Three Takeaways from VMworld 2018

Cloud | Posted on September 20, 2018

What’s new at VMware? We found out, at VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas. It turned out the answer is many things.

For example, VMware on AWS has become more affordable while offering new disaster recovery capabilities. And vSphere Platinum is promising a new paradigm shift for security.

Given the sheer number of announcements, we thought we’d highlight some of the most important developments for existing VMware customers and those thinking about adopting their offerings.

So, let’s look at the most exciting news from VMworld 2018, to make sure you can take full advantage of VMware’s ever-changing vision.

VMware Cloud on AWS for Half the Price or Less

Efficiency creates savings. Which means that VMware Cloud and AWS can bring down your costs. It saves time by letting you smoothly leverage your current investments in a hybrid cloud environment. However, if you’re a mid-market company, you might not think you have the budget to get this going. Previously, this was one of those “you’ve got to spend money to make money” situations.

But this has changed. The minimum cluster size for SDDC deployments is now three hosts, rather than four. Also, those three hosts now cost as much as two hosts did previously. Which means that the minimum price of getting in on VMware on AWS has been cut in half.

Your company could save even more money thanks to VMware’s newly enriched AWS integration, which allows the native use of a smorgasbord of AWS features. For example, you may be spending a lot of money on Microsoft SQL. But, if you move to VMware on AWS, you can now switch your databases over to Amazon RDS, and do your budget a huge favor.

Avoid Disaster on the Horizon

There’s another evolution in the friendship between AWS and VMware – and that’s the full integration of Horizon 7.4 into AWS. This has all sorts of benefits. An obvious one is burst computing. If your company uses seasonal workers or contractors, it’s easy to accommodate them when you have the ability to provision remote desktops on any device, and pay only based on capacity.

You can also pay for cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) by capacity. Doing DR this way means that you only incur costs during an actual disaster— allowing you to reduce your spending on more expensive on-prem solutions. This is beneficial for everyone who uses VMware on AWS, but especially firms that are neglecting DR because of budget concerns. There are a lot of companies that can’t afford DR even though it’s something you can’t really afford to go without.

A Known Good State of Mind

Internet security has always been like a game of whack-a-mole. A new threat emerges, security researchers figure it out, then eliminate it. But this approach might be reaching its limits because threats are evolving too quickly to keep up with.  Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of VMware, made the case bluntly in Las Vegas. “Thinking about our security spend, we’re spending more and we’re losing more,” he said. “We believe that we need to have fewer security products, and much more security.”

VMware wants to achieve this by moving the emphasis from the threat to the environment, with technology that dramatically shrinks the attack surface. This is why vSphere Platinum now includes AppDefense, a solution that does security differently. It starts by capturing applications in their “known good state”—what they behave like in the absence of a breach. Then, the environment is monitored for any kind of deviation that could represent a compromised system, regardless of what caused the anomaly. Once the deviation is detected, AppDefense immediately takes action, whether suspending the virtual machine in question, powering it off, or enacting one of a slew of other responses.

This approach bypasses the impossible task of chasing down every new threat dreamed up by malicious actors.

In Summary

This year, VMworld wasn’t about any single killer app. It was about how VMware is in a consistent state of improvement. With their latest updates, they’ve further demonstrated how the power of virtualization can help you reap the benefits of Hybrid IT while avoiding its dangers and complications.

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