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VMworld 2018 – Industry Snapshot

Published September 7th, 2018. In this Industry Snapshot, John Webster, Sr. Analysts, discusses the major announcements and takeaways from VMworld 2018. Download this free report now!

VMworld 2018 drew a crowd of approximately 20,000, down from last year’s attendance of 30,000. Once again, vSphere took a back seat at this event while VMware showcased other virtualization technologies, products and services that it showcased at the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Convention Center.

Significant announcements:

Acquisition of CloudHealth and its cloud operations platform that functions across AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with 3,000+ global customers—a sign that VMware will be a serious contender in the Cloud Management Platform arena.

Future support for Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) on VMware—a service to facilitate customer set-up, operation, and scaling of RDS databases in VMware. Once instantiated, customers can migrate databases to AWS or the VMware Cloud on AWS hybrid cloud environment. Amazon RDS on VMware will support Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, and MariaDB databases and will be available early 2019. Can it also encapsulate?

A 50% reduction in the entry-level price VMC that is coupled with support for a new minimum configuration for which is now a three- host minimum (previously four). For a limited time, VMware will offer the 3-host environment for the cost of a 2-Host configuration. In the near future, VMware executives advised that the move is in anticipation of a two-host minimum coming sometime next year. In essence, customers have the ability to leverage the three-host minimum at a two-host price. However, this will change again when the two-host minimum is announced. Note that this move is not an actual price reduction in the cost of a host, but rather a temporary discount based on bundling three hosts for the price of two.

A new high-capacity storage option for VMC, backed by Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS). VMC customers can independently scale compute and storage resources resulting in cost reductions for storage capacity-demanding workloads. New AWS clusters will deliver high capacity storage capabilities with VMware vSAN utilizing Amazon Elastic Block Storage and run on new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) R5 bare metal instances.

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