Effective March 31, 2021, VMware Cloud is generally available, and VMware is announcing new offerings that bring a more integrated experience to customers. These offerings include:
- VMware Cloud Universal: a flexible subscription that simplifies the purchase and consumption of VMware multi-cloud infrastructure and management services.
- VMware Cloud Console: a single monitoring and management environment for VMware Cloud infrastructure regardless of where it’s deployed.
- VMware App Navigator: a new offering for assessing and prioritizing app transformation initiatives across an entire application estate based on the value of each app.
VMware Cloud is a distributed, multi-cloud platform that enables organizations to accelerate application modernization across hybrid and native public clouds.
For the announcement, please visit: https://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-newsfeed.VMware-Cloud-Accelerates-App-Modernization-through-Modular-Multi-Cloud-Services.8269da95-5c87-41d0-8102-39142868e4bc.html.
For an introduction of VMware Cloud, please visit: https://cloud.vmware.com/community/2021/03/31/distributed-multi-cloud-era-arrived/.
For more information on VMware Cloud, please visit: https://cloud.vmware.com/.
For more information on VMware Cloud Universal, please visit: https://www.vmware.com/products/cloud-universal.html.
Effective April 7, 2021, expanded cloud workload protection capabilities are available from VMware that deliver security for containers and Kubernetes.
Container security challenges include open-source risks, the ephemeral nature of containers, and misaligned security and DevOps teams. VMware Carbon Black Cloud Container builds security into the continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) pipeline to control and analyze application risks before they are deployed into production.
Kubernetes is an open-source container-orchestration system for automating computer application deployment, scaling, and management.
Expanding the VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload offering, the new capabilities will enable organizations to better secure containerized applications in Kubernetes environments.
For the announcement, please visit: https://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-newsfeed.VMware-Delivers-Advanced-Cloud-Workload-Protection-with-Container-and-Kubernetes-Security.1ae3aed3-f138-42de-9c03-809db9421f80.html.
For an on-demand webinar about securing containers and Kubernetes-orchestrated environments, please visit: https://www.carbonblack.com/resources/securing-containers-and-kubernetes-orchestrated-environments/, or read about the highlights here: https://www.carbonblack.com/blog/securing-containers-and-kubernetes-orchestrated-environments/.
Many enterprises are evaluating hybrid and multi-cloud architectures as part of their application modernization strategy. VMware has long supported customers in these journeys through strong relationships with public cloud providers. VMware Tanzu editions include several capabilities to help enterprises manage the inevitable security, compliance, and governance changes that come up during such datacenter transformations.
With VMware Tanzu, you can run and manage modern apps on any cloud, continuously delivering value to your customers. VMware Tanzu enables you to simplify multi-cloud operations and free developers to move faster with easy access to the right resources. VMware Tanzu enables development and operations’ teams to work together in new ways that deliver transformative business results.
For a solution brief on VMware Tanzu and the differentiation between its editions, please visit: https://d1fto35gcfffzn.cloudfront.net/tanzu/VMware-Tanzu-Solution-Brief-0121.pdf.
For more information on VMware Tanzu and how to integrate it into your cloud practices, please visit: https://tanzu.vmware.com/partners/cloud-infrastructure.
For more information on VMware Cloud, please visit: https://cloud.vmware.com/.
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Effective February 4, 2021, VMware vRealize Operations 8.3 is generally available with the following new features:
- Cloud Management Assessment: expands assessment from being focused on just vSphere (like the vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA)) to broader business use cases
- Pathfinder: collection of educational material
- Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2: ability to enable FIPS mode during deployment or after upgrade from the Admin user interface
- 20-Second Peak Metrics: show you the peak value observed during that five-minute window for VM’s and Pods
- VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS): New inventory trees have been added for VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) to help you view your VMC Software-defined data centers (SDDCs) from compute, storage, and network perspectives
- VMware vRealize Operations Cloud: is now System and Organizational Controls (SOC) 2, SOC 3, and ISO 27001/17/18 certified
For more information on VMware vRealize Operations 8.3, please visit: https://blogs.vmware.com/management/2021/02/whats-new-in-vrealize-operations-8-3.html.
Effective September 29, 2020, the Microsoft Azure VMware solution is generally available (GA). This enables customers to seamlessly move VMware-based workloads from their data centers to Azure and integrate their VMware environment with Azure.
From a licensing perspective, customers running Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server workloads can use the Azure Hybrid Benefit to reuse existing on-premises licenses and can also save money on the infrastructure by purchasing Reserved Instances.
For further information, please find the announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/the-new-azure-vmware-solution-is-now-generally-available/.
For details on the solution itself, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-vmware/.
VMware announced the end of availability of vSphere Platinum, Cloud Foundation Platinum, and vCloud Suite Platinum product editions. Effective April 2, 2020 the Platinum portfolio is no longer available for purchase. VMware continues to support the components of the above bundles through their respective published support periods, which you find here: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/support/product-lifecycle-matrix.pdf?mid=31536&eid=CVMW2000023613295.
For more information on the end of availability of the VMware Platinum portfolio, please visit: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/77536?mid=31536&eid=CVMW2000023613295.
Effective April 2, 2020, VMware will be updating its per-CPU licensing model to align more closely to the industry standard of licensing software based on CPU cores as a main licensing metric. This means that VMware uses the per-CPU licensing model while requiring one license covering CPUs with up to 32 physical cores. Prior to April 30, 2020 customers who purchase VMware software per-CPU licenses, to be deployed on a physical server with more than 32-cores per CPU, will be eligible for additional free per-CPU licenses to cover the cores on those CPUs.
For further information on the VMware Per-CPU Licensing Model, please visit: https://www.vmware.com/company/news/updates/cpu-pricing-model-update-feb-2020.html?mid=30323&eid=CVMW2000023613295.
On March 2, 2020, VMware instituted some price increases for a limited set of offerings, including a number of VMware Professional Services offerings, such as VMware Technical Account Manager Services and Consulting Services. Beginning April 2, 2020 prices will increase on VMware vRealize Suite and associated bundles (perpetual products only). Also, some customers in Europe will experience price increases due to currency changes across most VMware SDDC Solutions.
VMware announced the End of Availability of VMware vRealize Automation Standard Edition, effective December 2, 2019; it will no longer be available for purchase. VMware will continue to support this product through April 11, 2022. Refer to the Product Lifecycle Matrix for the latest updated dates: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/support/product-lifecycle-matrix.pdf.
The End of General Support for vSphere 6.0 is March 12, 2020. This includes the following releases:
- vCenter Server 6.0,
- vCenter Update Manager 6.0,
- ESXi 6.0,
- Site Recovery Manager 6.0 and 6.1,
- vSAN 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2,
- vSphere Data Protection 6.0 and 6.1 and
- vSphere Replication 6.0 and 6.1.
To maintain your full level of Support and Subscription Services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5 or vSphere 6.7. VMware has extended the general support for vSphere 6.5 to a full five years from date of release, which means the general support for vSphere 6.5 will end on November 15, 2021. The End of General support for vSphere 6.7 will also be on November 15, 2021. For more information, please visit: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/66977.