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News from VMworld 2016: Cloud Foundation pricing and packaging

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on September 1, 2016

VMware just announced Cloud Foundation, the company’s unified Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) platform for both private and public cloud. We think this could be big news for VMware customers wanting to embrace hyper-converged infrastructure. Here’s why…

Based on what we’ve learned so far at the show, this platform will give enterprise customers all the software components needed to deploy an Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) environment in one package, on x86 hardware, with simplified licensing.

In one inclusive bundle, VMware customers will find what they need hyper-converged compute, storage and networking.

Cloud Foundation promises the following:

  • Integration for vSphere, VSAN and NSX into a single platform for any app
  • Enterprise compute, storage and networking
  • Simple operation
  • A common foundation across clouds
  • Flexible deployment options
  • Automation of 0 to Day 2 operations

How does it work?

VMworld 2016 cloud foundation

It promises to be a flexible, simple-to-operate, almost out-of-the-box-type approach to deploying a hyperconverged platform for the private and public cloud. For some, this move will mean deploying unified systems without the purchase of new hardware, but for others it won’t be that simple.

Cloud Foundation compatibility is based on VSAN Ready Nodes, or hardware from Dell, Lenovo, HPE, Cisco and many others that’s certified to run VMware VSANs. For a quick look at the configuration requirements of a VSAN Ready Node, check out VMware’s compatibility guide. This is great for the many enterprises standardized on a particular hardware vendor. It’s especially good news for VSAN customers, who can now expand the capabilities of their pre-existing Ready Nodes to incorporate compute and networking elements (all on the same hyper-converged fabric).

Pricing for the Cloud Foundation suite is per CPU; however, due to scoping guidelines, SDDC Manager is priced based on the size of the Cloud Foundation deployment it manages (similar to how vCenter is priced).

Join our upcoming VMworld 2016 webinar to learn more about upgrade paths and how new pricing may affect you.

VMworld 2016 Cloud Foundation pricing and upgrade

One cool thing: the “bundle” decomposes after purchase, leaving you with the ability to upgrade components on a case-by-case basis as needed.

In addition, you can easily add-on other VMware software like Horizon, vRealize Suite to your Cloud Foundation. Doing this enables the creation of a fully automated, modern software-defined solution that benefits the enterprise from desktop to datacenter.

We expect a single integrated platform for HCIon standardized hardware, with one easy license to be helpful to businesses hoping to take the plunge to hyper-convergence.

From what we’ve gleaned in talks with VMware, the SDDC Manager will be like Patch Tuesday without the nightmare that Patch Tuesday sometimes was. Updates for both hardware and software done smoothly, without the bandwidth hit, invasiveness, and potential to mess things up. We’re looking forward to seeing it in action.

Today’s news around Cloud Foundation begins to crystalize into a vision, making perfect sense and showing VMware’s foresight in putting together a fully integrated HCI solution.

Learn more about this and other exciting announcements taking place at VMworld this week. Our VMware experts are everywhere, and will be hosting a live webinar on September 8th to run through the announcement pertinent to your business.

Register for our upcoming webinar below and bring all your questions. Can’t attend? Register anyways and we’ll send you the recording.

Click here for a webinar covering the top VMworld 2016 announcements

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