VMware Explore 2022: Addressing multi-cloud complexity and chaos

Clouds are becoming more complex with increasing use of containers, virtual machines, and the many different configurations of cloud environments that organisational workloads are running upon.

With cost control, performance, and consistent security policies across distributed environments identified as key priorities for businesses, VMware Aria, a multi-cloud management portfolio is touted to be able to help realise these outcomes for organisations.

A depiction of the cloud chaos that currently exists because of the many cloud configurations, internal teams, and stakeholders that are inadvertently added into the mix during decision-making and operation.

During his keynote, VMware CEO, Raghu Raghuram shared VMware has spent millions of dollars building and managing multi-cloud, hence the deep understanding they have developed around the challenges of building and driving them to high service level agreements (SLAs), high resiliency, and high level of security.

“We created a graph of all your cloud assets… and you can do all sorts of automation and security using this graph. It is at the core of multi-cloud management and strategy,” he said.

It is an end-to-end solution to manage all these key factors of cost, performance, configuration, and delivery of cloud native apps, with help from the graph-based data store technology that captures in near real-time, info about customers’ multi-cloud environments.

The announcement of VMware Aria comes with new and expanded capabilities for cloud native and multi-cloud management across three categories – VMware Aria Cost powered by CloudHealth, VMware Aria Operations, and VMware Aria Automation.

VMware Aria complements and extends management of the development, delivery, DevSecOps, and lifecycle of cloud-native apps in the VMware Tanzu platform.

Cloud Universal

With yet another announcement during his keynote, Raghu emphatically drove home the fact that VMware is well-positioned to offer the solutions which only they can.

“Cloud Universal is the commercial model for Cloud Smart,” he concluded.

“I have personally spent hours and hours working with peers (among public cloud service providers) on how to solve problems of multi-cloud,” Raghu said before he went on to introduce their new single cloud commercial programme, Cloud Universal, that covers all the ways and methods that developers may consume resources offered by the wide selection of cloud configurations.

“You don’t have to predict who your developers want to work with. One commercial model covers all of these, (so) they can build on one cloud, run apps on another, or just go crazy (with which environment they want to use).

“Cloud Universal is the commercial model for Cloud Smart,” he concluded.