VMware unveils latest application mobility platform

IT Brief | August 12, 2019

Enterprise software company VMware has released the latest version of its application mobility platform, VMware HCX, as it looks to continue aiding organisations with their multi-cloud and hybrid cloud transformations.The new release is designed to simplify workload migration, workload rebalancing and optimised disaster recovery across datacentres and clouds."As organisations adopt hybrid and multi-cloud architectures leveraging VMware infrastructure, they are standing up new environments locally and in the cloud with the goal of simplifying operations and increasing business agility," VMware says. However, the company states enterprises cannot realise the promise of a modern datacentre or hybrid cloud until they can freely move applications and workloads between environments.

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This white paper is authored by the founders of the Mobile-edge Computing (MEC) industry initiative. The objectives of this paper are to introduce the concept of Mobile-edge Computing and the related key market drivers, and to discuss the business, consumer and technical value/benefits that this technology offers. The paper discusses the enablers, the requirements and challenges for Mobile-edge Computing as well as the objectives of the MEC initiative. This white paper presents the high-level architectural blueprint of Mobile-edge Computing which, together with the scope of work, will form the basis for the first release of the work in the initiative. In addition, it highlights the relationships between and the interfaces with other industry efforts.

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