What's New at GCP: IBM Power Systems Service, Premium Support, Kubernetes Engine Benchmark

Vmware news | January 16, 2020

Often playing third fiddle to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has been busy lately trying to catch up, announcing a new IBM Power Systems service, an enterprise Premium Support plan and a Kubernetes Engine Benchmark. Here's a look at recent developments. These server computers, featuring Big Blue's POWER processors, are offered as a serivce for customers using AIX, IBM i, or Linux on IBM Power. For organizations using a hybrid cloud strategy, especially, IBM Power Systems are an important tool," Google said. "Because of their performance and ability to support mission critical workloads—such as SAP applications and Oracle databases—enterprise customers have been consistently looking for options to run IBM Power Systems in the cloud.

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Last I did a demo of 3PAR and VVols, the 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) had limited visibility of VVols. This updated demo shows the process from creating the VVols container to create VVols-based snapshots.


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Verge.io Launches New Wiki and Training Modules for Quick-Start and Self-Guided Knowledge

Verge.io | October 13, 2022

Verge.io, the company with a simpler way to virtualize data centers, today launched a new online wiki and self-paced training modules to help onboard new users and allow prospective customers to better evaluate Verge-OS software prior to a test drive. The new wiki, located at https://wiki.verge.io, contains technical overviews of features such as storage, snapshots, hypervisor, synchronization, and GPU support plus dozens of knowledgebase articles drawn from more than five years of real-world customer deployments. Six new online training modules, each with multiple individual training sessions, give detailed explanations and demonstrations such as networking, snapshotting entire data centers, setting up synchronization between Verge-OS installations, and more. Each training session can be completed in only a few minutes, thanks to the simplicity of Verge-OS and its UI. Customers can also use the robust search function to look for a word or phrase across all the content in the wiki, knowledgebase, and training modules. “We set out to make Verge-OS the simplest and most powerful single piece of virtualization software in the world, and these investments in the wiki, training, knowledgebase and videos provide the supporting content to deliver on our purpose, I appreciate the contributions of our team members and our longtime customers in developing these materials for the benefit of the community.” Greg Campbell, CTO of Verge.io Verge-OS software enables virtualized data centers with greater savings and efficiencies than competing platforms. Verge-OS abstracts compute, network, and storage from commodity servers and creates pools of raw resources that are simple to run and manage, creating feature-rich infrastructures for environments and workloads like clustered HPC, ultra-converged and hyperconverged data centers, DevOps and Test/Dev, compliant medical and healthcare, remote and edge compute including VDI, and multi-tenant private clouds. Verge-OS is the only single piece of virtualization software that can provide a common platform from the edge to the public cloud and everyplace in between. It is easy to install and uses AI/ML for self-management so it can be managed by an IT generalist. A single license replaces separate hypervisor, networking, storage, data protection, and management tools to simplify technology stacks. Secure virtual data centers based on Verge-OS include all enterprise data services like global deduplication, disaster recovery, continuous data protection, snapshots, long-distance synch, and auto-failover. They are ideal for creating honeypots, sandboxes, cyber ranges, air-gapped computing, and secure compliance enclaves to meet regulations such as HIPAA, CUI, SOX, NIST, and PCI. Nested multi-tenancy gives service providers, departmental enterprises, and campuses the ability to assign resources and services to groups and sub-groups. About Verge.io Verge.io provides a simpler way to virtualize data centers and end IT infrastructure complexity. The company’s Verge OS software is the first and only fully integrated virtual cloud software stack to build, deploy and manage virtual data centers. Verge-OS delivers significant capital savings, increased operational efficiencies, reduced risk, and rapid scalability.

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Red Hat Introduces Lightweight Kubernetes Solution to Power the Next Evolution of Open Edge Computing

Red Hat | October 28, 2022

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today introduced Red Hat Device Edge, a solution for flexibly deploying traditional or containerized workloads on small devices such as robots, IoT gateways, points of sale, public transport and more. Red Hat Device Edge delivers an enterprise-ready and supported distribution of the Red Hat-led open source community project MicroShift, a lightweight Kubernetes orchestration solution built from the edge capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift, along with an edge-optimized operating system built from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This latest product in the Red Hat edge portfolio aims to provide a future-proof platform that allows organizations’ architecture to evolve as their workload strategy changes. As more and more companies deploy edge computing across a broader range of use cases, many new questions, operational needs and business challenges are poised to arise. In industries like automotive, manufacturing and more, organizations are up against different environmental, security and operational challenges that require an ability to work with small form-factor edge devices in these resource constrained environments. Ultimately, different devices have different requirements in terms of computing power, software compatibility and security footprint. With Red Hat Device Edge, organizations can have the flexibility to deploy containers at the edge in a small footprint, reducing compute requirements by up to 50% in comparison to traditional Kubernetes edge configurations. It also helps to address many of the emerging questions around large-scale edge computing at the device edge by incorporating: Kubernetes built for edge deployments, enabling IT teams to use familiar Kubernetes features in a new, smaller, lighter-weight footprint offered by MicroShift. This lowers the barrier of entry for teams building cloud-native applications for edge computing environments and enables them to use existing Kubernetes skills to achieve greater consistency of operations across the entirety of the hybrid cloud, from the datacenter to public clouds to the edge. An edge-optimized Linux OS built from the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and tailored for small edge devices with intelligent updates that use minimum bandwidth. This helps organizations tackle the challenges of intermittent connectivity while mitigating the impact on edge innovation. Capabilities for centrally scaling and monitoring edge device fleets with Red Hat Smart Management. IT teams can use zero-touch provisioning, system health visibility and updates with automatic rollbacks to maintain a stronger edge management and application security posture. Red Hat Device Edge for far-flung, resource constrained use cases across different industries Red Hat Device Edge was created to help Red Hat customers and partners tackle their most challenging edge environments. For example, Lockheed Martin has been collaborating with Red Hat in the MicroShift project community and is also working to deploy Red Hat Device Edge to modernize and standardize its application delivery and AI workloads in extreme conditions including wildland fire management, contested military environments and space. Additionally, ABB is planning to use Red Hat Device Edge for ABB Ability™ Edgenius™ on resource constrained devices. Edgenius is a comprehensive edge platform for industrial software applications. Red Hat Device Edge will be aimed at organizations who require small factor edge devices with support for bare metal, virtualized or containerized applications, regardless of industry. Additional use cases include but are not limited to: Miniature, connected nodes on public transportation where edge devices are often in motion but still need faster processing via AI/ML to analyze data locally in real time (i.e. railways, mining, cars, drones). Resilient resource nodes at challenging locations like weather monitoring stations where, in spite of the harsh, tough-to-support environments, an edge device will still be capable of taking care of itself with the ability to perform automated software rollbacks, maintain a stronger security posture and better enforce sensitive data controls. Emerging edge constrained scenarios where thousands of edge devices may be running applications in locations that make weight, temperature and connectivity all major concerns. Red Hat Device Edge meets organizations wherever they are today in their edge computing journey, as it will run a wide variety of workloads using Podman for edge container management or MicroShift for a Kubernetes API. Customers will even be able to use legacy windows applications within a virtual machine. Availability Red Hat Device Edge is planned as a developer preview early next year, and expected to be generally available with full support later in 2023. Supporting Quotes Francis Chow, vice president and general manager, In-Vehicle Operating System and Edge, Red Hat “Innovation at the edge has introduced new benefits and use cases for organizations across all industries - but it has also created new challenges. Working with our customers and partners, Red Hat began a journey to develop a new technology offering - designed specifically for the edge - extending our hybrid cloud solution so that our ecosystem will be able to take advantage of intelligence paired with trusted open source technology to tackle their smallest footprint remote edge use cases. Tested in the community, now produced by Red Hat, Red Hat Device Edge is a major next step in harnessing the full range of benefits promised by edge computing.” Justin Taylor, vice president of Artificial Intelligence, Lockheed Martin “Red Hat Device Edge will enable Lockheed Martin to revolutionize artificial intelligence processing for our DOD customers’ most challenging missions. The ability for small military platforms to handle large AI workloads will increase their capacity in the field, ensuring our military can stay ahead of evolving threats. Lockheed Martin is a long-time customer and collaborator to Red Hat and working on Red Hat Device Edge together is a critical next step in this strategic relationship.” Bernhard Eschermann, chief technology officer, ABB Process Automation “ABB is excited to continue working with Red Hat to streamline the transition from automated to autonomous operations for the manufacturing industry. With Red Hat Device Edge, ABB will be able to connect cloud and control environments to improve asset efficiency and operations by aggregating and analyzing data on devices with more limited resources. With this continued collaboration, ABB’s ecosystem will experience the benefit of open source solutions driven by innovative market leaders now and in the future. ” About Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.

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Wipro invests in new dedicated VMware Business Unit

Wipro | November 11, 2022

Wipro Limited a leading technology and consulting services company, and VMware, Inc. announced an extended collaboration to help mutual customers accelerate their digital journey and maximize their VMware Cloud investments. As part of this expanded relationship, Wipro will launch a new dedicated VMware-focused business aligned to Wipro’s broader strategy of driving growth through strategic partnerships. The unit will focus on the power of Wipro FullStride Cloud Services’ in-depth expertise across industries along with VMware Cross-Cloud services to help enterprises drive enhanced agility, speed, and innovation. The goal will be to streamline VMware implementations and accelerate deployment of applications, leading to better, faster ROI. “Multi-cloud, modern applications and anywhere workspace strategies are increasingly more critical to enterprise success, We are thrilled to join forces with Wipro to tap into our collective strengths and help make adoption of digital transformation strategy easier for large enterprises. Together, we look forward to providing enterprises with the Cloud Smart solutions and services they need to achieve value from technology investments faster, compete more effectively, and operate their businesses more efficiently and securely.” Monty Bhatia, Vice President, Global Systems Integrators, VMware Wipro’s new business unit will work with VMware on deepening the companies’ collaboration on deploying VMware solutions, including VMware Anywhere Workspace, which allows employees to work from anywhere with more secure and frictionless experiences. All solutions will be implemented with an eye toward sustainability and reduced carbon footprint as a key business outcome. “The innovative solutions we have created with VMware thus far enable enterprises to accelerate the development and deployment of more secure modern apps and empower their global workforce while dramatically simplifying the management of a multi-cloud infrastructure,” said Jason Eichenholz, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Ecosystems & Partnerships, Wipro Limited. “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with VMware to help clients realize better, faster value from cloud investments.” “This new Wipro business unit will accelerate our clients’ journey to the cloud, helping drive innovation, resilience, and agility,” said Jo Debecker, Senior Vice President & Global Head, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Wipro Limited. “Wipro’s VMware-dedicated Business Unit will be an important vehicle for clients across every major industry to maximize the transformative power of hybrid/public clouds to deliver new experiences, new solutions and innovations to their end users.” Wipro will offer a full portfolio of digital transformation services in collaboration with VMware across industries, with major focus on Banking & Financial Services, Healthcare, and Consumer and Retail. The unit will leverage Wipro’s 10,000+ domain experts in these verticals including the expertise acquired through acquisitions like Capco and Designit. Wipro will be significantly scaling the technical competency in VMware Cross-Cloud services for multi-cloud infrastructure, modern apps, anywhere workspace, networking, and security, and will have 5,000 cross-trained professionals for these areas over next two years. The Wipro and VMware collaboration will be truly global, covering the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, and will involve multi-million-dollar investments across sales, alliances, and delivery resources in each of these regions. The delivery will be executed through Wipro FullStride Cloud Studios in US, Europe, and India. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda. For more information, please visit www.vmware.com/company. About Wipro Limited Wipro Limited is a leading technology services and consulting company focused on building innovative solutions that address clients’ most complex digital transformation needs. Leveraging our holistic portfolio of capabilities in consulting, design, engineering, and operations, we help clients realize their boldest ambitions and build future-ready, sustainable businesses. With over 250,000 employees and business partners across 66 countries, we deliver on the promise of helping our customers, colleagues, and communities thrive in an ever-changing world.

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Dell Technologies Delivers Industry-First Innovations with VMware to Power Multicloud and Edge Solutions

Dell Technologies | September 06, 2022

Dell Technologies is introducing new infrastructure solutions, co-engineered with VMware, that deliver greater automation and performance for organizations embracing multicloud and edge strategies. "Customers tell us they want help simplifying their multicloud and edge strategies as they look to drive more efficiency and performance from their IT," said Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell Technologies Infrastructure Solutions Group. "Dell Technologies and VMware have numerous joint engineering initiatives spanning core IT areas such as multicloud, edge and security to help our customers more easily manage and gain value from their data." Business data and applications continue to grow in multicloud environments comprised of edge locations, public clouds and on-premises IT. Many organizations have already adopted a multicloud approach, and the number of applications running at the edge will grow 800% by 2024.1 "IDC's global research shows many organizations are struggling to balance the rapidly rising complexity and cost of data center, edge and cloud operations with relentless business demand for better data integration, security and application performance, These organizations recognize the need for a consistent operating model tightly integrated with infrastructure platforms that support sophisticated, large scale data-driven workloads." Mary Johnston Turner, IDC research vice president, future of digital infrastructure agenda Dell VxRail delivers greater performance and smallest-ever systems at the edge Dell is introducing several new VxRail systems and software advancements that improve performance on-premises and at the edge including the industry's only jointly engineered HCI-based DPU solution with VMware.2 Improved system performance: A result of co-engineering with VMware and its Project Monterey initiative, VxRail systems support new VMware vSphere 8 software that has been rearchitected to run on DPUs. Customers can improve application and networking infrastructure performance and improve TCO by moving these services from a system's CPU to its new on-board DPU. Support demanding workloads: Select VxRail systems now support VMware's new vSAN Enterprise Storage Architecture (ESA). With up to 4x vSAN performance improvement3, customers can better support demanding mission-critical applications. Smallest edge systems: VxRail rugged modular nodes deliver high performance and scalability in the system's smallest form factor to date.4 Modular nodes are ideal for edge use cases including healthcare, energy and utilities and digital cities because of VxRail's industry-first, on-board hardware witness5, which will allow for deployment in high latency, low bandwidth locations. "The increasing demand for software-defined infrastructure services for networking, storage and security places more demands on already-strained CPUs. As more distributed, resource intensive applications are onboarded, there is a need to reimagine data center architecture to fully support the requirements of these applications," said Krish Prasad, senior vice president & general manager, Cloud Platform Business, VMware. "Dell VxRail with VMware vSphere 8 will deliver a foundation for next generation data center architecture by running infrastructure services on the DPU. This will enable greater network and application performance and a new level of sophistication in adopting Zero Trust security strategies to protect modern enterprise workloads." Dell APEX expands multicloud and edge support for VMware environments Dell is adding several offers to its APEX portfolio for VMware workloads that help speed development of cloud-native apps and better allocate compute and storage resources for applications at the edge. APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud adds managed VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid services, which allows IT teams to help developers move faster by using a container-based approach to application development. With Dell-managed Tanzu services, customers can provision Kubernetes clusters through the vSphere user interface. Organizations also will be able to help speed development efforts by building, testing and running cloud-native applications alongside traditional applications on the same platform. APEX Private Cloud and APEX Hybrid Cloud offer new compute-only options that allow customers to support more workloads and increase IT infrastructure efficiency by independently scaling compute and storage resources. Organizations can start small and scale their infrastructure as their IT needs change. Customers can use Dell's industry-leading enterprise storage data services by connecting compute-only instances to Dell storage such as APEX Data Storage Services. "APEX Hybrid Cloud lets us manage our multicloud environment seamlessly and gain better insights into our VMware workloads. It's allowed us to reduce the cost of supporting applications and workloads by 20%," said Ben Doyle, chief information officer, ATN International. "We stood up the Dell APEX solution quickly, and we easily moved 70% of our infrastructure to it in under three months. We look forward to working with Dell Technologies to expand our cloud footprint moving forward." Dell Validated Designs for AI – AutoML uses AI to democratize data science Dell Validated Designs for AI – Automatic Machine Learning (AutoML) uses automated machine learning models to help data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications. The solution includes tested and proven configurations of Dell VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure with H2O.ai, NVIDIA and VMware software to help customers speed time to insight from data with automation that delivers up to 18x faster AI models.6 Organizations report 20%7 faster time to value with Dell Validated Designs for AI, helping data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications faster. VMware Tanzu in Dell Validated Designs for AI helps provide greater container security and allows customers to run AI at the edge using VMware Tanzu services. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies ( NYSE:DELL) helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

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Last I did a demo of 3PAR and VVols, the 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) had limited visibility of VVols. This updated demo shows the process from creating the VVols container to create VVols-based snapshots.

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