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VMware's Cloud Foundation Embraces Persistent Storage

VMware Cloud Foundation is a hybrid cloud platform for managing virtual machines and orchestrating containers. Officially in version 4.2, the VMware Cloud Foundation recently gained support for persistent storage. But that's not all that was included in the latest update.

Introducing Persistent Storage

At the heart of their latest update is their vSAN Data Persistence Platform. Specifically meant to support partner integrations, the update lets customer manage S3-compatible object storage – from Cloudian and Minio – for unstructured data. It also supports NoSQL databases.

But that's not all. It does this on full-stack hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology. Available in a single architecture, the new technology is easily deployed in private and public clouds for greater security and flexibility than ever before.

Sheldon D'Paiva, director of product marketing with VMware, spoke about the update in a recent interview by saying: "It speaks to how we are continuing to deliver developer-ready infrastructure. VMware’s early days were about the core enterprise apps. During the last few years, we’ve really addressed the needs from the developer angle as well."

Adding Even More Functionality

VMware Cloud Foundation also added a vSAN HCI Mesh, which provides a software-oriented approach to disaggregation of data resources. It essentially reduces capital and operational expenditures by sharing resources and scaling systems efficiently.

Jon Toor, chief marketing officer with Cloudian, spoke about some of the recent updates by saying: "We’re excited about building on our VMware partnership to provide VMware HCI users with a truly unified, hybrid cloud-ready storage platform for both modern and traditional applications. Together, we’re enabling VMware customers to more easily and quickly take advantage of cloud-native opportunities while continuing to capitalize on their prior infrastructure investments."

Also introduced was NSX-T 3.1 Federation, which offers a cloud-like model for administrators to manage their networks, configure polices and plan for network-wide disaster recovery. It was built specifically to work with cloud-native applications running in public cloud, bare metal server and multi-hypervisor environments.

VMware also added support for vRealize Automation, which exists as a suite of cloud management tools that were designed with the hybrid cloud model in mind. In fact, vRealize received no less than six separate enhancements as part of the latest update. This includes enhanced event and data-driven infrastructure automation, improved security for AI-powered operations, improved network visibility and troubleshooting and more.

Lee Caswell, vice president of marketing with VMware, also discussed the latest updates by saying: "Today’s multi-cloud customers are looking to run, manage, and protect applications of all types with a consistent operational model. We are delighted that the scalability, security and cost savings of Cloudian HyperStore object storage are now available for our joint customers, with simplified deployment and management provided by the VMware Cloud Foundation."

All of the latest upgrades to VMware Cloud Foundation are now live and currently available for download. To find out more information about VMware, VMware Cloud Foundation or any of their products and services, please head over to their official website at {{|}}.


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