AWS’s private cloud stuff to day, plus VMware

Good round-up of AWS’s private cloud stuff:

  • AWS added on-premises support to its CodeDeploy continuous-delivery service in 2015.
  • AWS introduced the Snowball storage server companies could use to copy data and then ship it to the cloud in 2015.
  • AWS added on-premises support to its EC2 Run Command tool for running shell scripts on many machines at once in 2016.
  • AWS unveiled the Snowmobile truck for copying even larger supplies of data and then hauling it off to Amazon in 2016.
  • This past November AWS released a container image of its Amazon Linux server operating system for use on corporate servers.

Source: AWS talking with VMware about building on-premises software: report

Software Defined Talk: Docker is just cheap VMware, right?

Our new episode is up, from this past Friday:

There’s tell that some people just look at containers as a cheaper way to virtualize, eschewing the fancy-lad “cloud-native stuff.” We discuss that idea, plus “the enterprise cloud wars,” and also our feel that Slack is actually a really good tool and company.

Listen directly, subscribe to the podcast feed, and go check out the full show notes, which has a web player as well.

VMware’s portfolio mix

Per VMware, cloud management is now a $1 billion business. It claims 1,700 NSX and 5,000 vSAN customers. It end-user computing business also has $1 billion in sales to more than 63,000 customers, including 1,300 of the Global 2000. It further states that 20,000 customers use vRealize. According to the company, 8 out of 10 of its largest deals included both NSX and vSAN management. While the company reports strong growth from these products, adoption is among a fraction of VMware’s 500,000 total customers.

Source: VMworld 2016: embracing Amazon Web Services with Cloud Foundation

VMware’s Foundation is a solution bundling of hybrid cloud software

Think of Cloud Foundation as a grouping of VMware’s existing services for staging virtual workloads and virtual storage into a stack that is more conducive to managing a hybrid cloud. The off-premise part of that cloud comes from major public cloud providers: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, as well as IBM Cloud and VMware’s own vCloud Air. Gelsinger stated Monday that Cloud Foundation’s support for staging and managing workloads on the “Big Three” platforms comes by way of working with their respective public APIs, not through any direct partnership or interaction between VMware and other firms.

And, on the target market:

[T]they made it very clear that Cloud Foundation wasn’t pursuing telcos and communications carriers, but mid- to large-size enterprises in general.

VMware also previewed a SaaS service for tracking cloud costs:

The key objective of this component is to keep track of public cloud resource consumption across public clouds: AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and VMware’s vCloud Air and vCloud Air Network (still separate items). An administrator can perform service discovery of active applications across multiple clouds, cost analysis of resources consumed in each of these public clouds, and monitoring of active status.

Source: VMware Reassembles Its Cloud Stack with a New ‘Foundation’

All about VMware’s OoenStack distro.

Check out the pricing:

You may already own it. VIO is free to use for any organization with Enterprise Plus licensing.

Support is optional. This is great for organizations that want to kick the tires, but aren’t quite ready to move to production. OpenStack is more than just a technology, it is a shift in thinking. It may take organizations a while to make it there, so why pay for something you don’t quite need yet? When you’re ready to go production, it will cost $200 per CPU, with a 50 CPU minimum.

So, “free” if you’re already a customer and don’t want support. Fits well for the PoC and dev/test projects, and helps VMware retain customers who want to look into OpenStack. Also, with NSX under the hood, the hope is that one of the more complex parts of cloud, networking, works. We’ll have to track uptake over the next year; VMware has an interesting model here.