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VMWare unveils new vSphere+ and vSAN+ solutions

New capabilities bring centralised infrastructure management, integrated Kubernetes, and new hybrid cloud services to on-premises setups

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VMWare has announced details of vSphere+ and vSAN+, which have been designed to seamlessly provide organisations with the benefits of the cloud to on-premises infrastructure.

First revealed at the software firm’s VMworld 2021 event as a preview dubbed ‘Project Arctic’, the offerings are now expected to be available by the end of Q2 2023.

VMWare says the solutions will help customers enhance their infrastructure by providing centralised cloud-based infrastructure management, integrated Kubernetes, as well as access to new hybrid cloud services, all via a flexible subscription model.

“VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ represent the next major evolution of those foundational solutions that customers know and trust,” explained Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager for VMware’s Cloud Platform Business.

“Wherever customers are on their digital transformation journey and in executing their cloud strategy, vSphere+ and vSAN+ will help accelerate their transformation by bringing the benefits of cloud to their existing on-premises infrastructure and workloads, along with simplified consumption via a flexible subscription model.”

vSphere+ and SAN+ provide a unified infrastructure management experience for distributed environments via the VMware Cloud Console, which features global inventory, configuration, alerts, administration, and security status for on-premises deployments.

Admins will be able to perform certain operation tasks directly from the console – such as managing configurations and policies across deployments.

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vSphere+ also provides a single workload platform for running VMs and containers orchestrated by Kubernetes to help transform on-premises infrastructure into an enterprise-ready Kubernetes platform. VMWare says it is extending the capabilities of VMware Tanzu Standard Runtime to help developers run and manage Kubernetes at scale with consistency and efficiency across on-premises, public clouds, and edge.

The pair have also been designed to enable customers to add on hybrid cloud services for business-critical applications running on-premises – including disaster recovery and ransomware protection.

Gary Chen, Research Director for IDC’s Software-Defined Compute section, said the transformation of on-premises infrastructure with cloud services is an emerging modernisation trend drawing “significant interest from enterprises.”

“By enabling the ubiquitous datacenter hypervisor with cloud services, users will be able to onboard innovative capabilities that can be delivered immediately and fully managed from the cloud to address a broad range of pain points such as management efficiency, scale-out Kubernetes operations, and DR,” he said.

“The future possibilities of this delivery model, such as with vSphere+ and vSAN+, are endless and can be a key tool for enterprises to modernise existing infrastructure quickly with minimal burden.”

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