Exciting updates from VMworld 2016 including several new features for Horizon and the introduction of new solutions such as VMware 24/7 Branch Anywhere. Here are the highlights:
VMware Cloud Foundation
VMware Cloud Foundation is the unified SDDC platform that brings together VMware’s vSphere, Virtual SAN, and NSX into a natively integrated stack to deliver enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure for the private and public cloud. Cloud Foundation features:
- Hyper-converged infrastructure
- Automated life cycle management for day 0 and day 3 tasks through VMware SDDC Manager.
- Improved performance and scalability
- Public Cloud extension
Horizon 7 and Horizon Air
Horizon is a single cloud platform that delivers application and desktop
virtualization services across private, public and hybrid options that are centrally
managed from the cloud. Updates include:
- New Multi-Cloud Architecture with Horizon Air service.
- Blast Extreme support for smart policies, user environment manager, and vRealize Operations for Horizon.
- Day 0 support for Windows Server 2016.
- Release of VMware 24/7 Branch Anywhere as a specialized management solution for banks and other financial institutions.
Hybrid DMZ Reference Designs for vCloud Air
Hybrid DMZ Reference Designs for vCloud Air provide enhanced security and isolation for on-premise environments. These designs can provide a secure DMZ entry point as well as serve as a cost-effective, high-performance design that centralizes multiple cloud entry points and shares among different vCloud Air service instances. With low cost licensing models, a Hypbrid DMZ consolidates software licensing sand network connections while delivering a hybrid security architecture that is 100% compatible with the current on-premise security solution
VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation
VMware Fusion and Workstation products are updated to support for macOS 10.12 Sierra, Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, and readiness for Windows Server 2016.
vRealize Network Insight
Released August 1, VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.0 enables visibility across virtual and physical networks while optimizing network performance and availability. Network Insight also provides planning and recommendations for implementing micro-segmentation based security with operational views to quickly and confidently manage and scale VMware NSX® deployments. Features include:
- East-west traffic analytics for security and micro-segmentation design
- Control and tracking to meet audit and compliance requirements for virtual distributed firewalls
- 360 Overlay-underlay visibility and topology mapping
- Extensive 3rd party physical switch integrations
- VXLAN to VLAN logical path mappings •
- Advanced NSX Operations Management
- Natural language search and enhanced user experience for rapid troubleshooting
VMware Integrated OpenStack
VMware Integrated Openstack 3.0 will be released later this year. New features include:
- OpenStack Support with the following Mitaka improvements:
Simplified configuration for Nova compute service
Keystone identity service is a one-step process for setting up the identity management features of a cloud network
Keystone now supports multi-backend allowing local authentication and AD accounts simultaneously
Heat’s convergence engine is optimized to handle larger loads and more complex actions for horizontal scaling for improved performance for stateless mode
Enhanced OpenStack Client provides a consistent set of calls for creating resources, no longer requiring the need to learn the intricacies of each service API
Support for software development kits (SDKs) in various languages
New “give me a network,” feature capable of creating a network, attaching a server to it, assigning an IP to that server, and making the network accessible in a single action
- Directly import vSphere VMs into OpenStack through standard OpenStack APIs
- Optimized support for compact architectures enabling organizations to quickly deploy or evaluate OpenStack and OpenStack cloud at