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VMware, Amazon Launch Collaboration of VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware kicked off VMworld 2017 with announcements including its latest collaboration with AWS and the release of its new AppDefense solution.

VMware and AWS collaborate at VMworld 2017

Source: Xtelligent Media

By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- LAS VEGAS — VMware kicked off VMworld 2017 by announcing its strategic alliance with Amazon Web Services (AWS), bringing VMware Cloud to AWS. The initial partnership announced last October is currently available in the AWS US West Oregon region and plans to expand across the US in the near future.

The collaboration allows customers to bring VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) to the AWS cloud so applications can be run on public, private and hybrid cloud environments with access to AWS services.

The solution has been available for several beta customers including health IT company Cerner.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger stated in his VMworld 2017 keynote speech that CIOs are searching for consistent cloud infrastructure to meet demands which include building apps new apps quickly, leverage legacy apps, and have flexibility and control over multiple cloud environments within a single infrastructure.

The partnership between AWS and VMware will allow customers to leverage tools from both companies to integrate on-premise data center environments with AWS using existing infrastructure. VMware integrated hybrid cloud extends to on-premise vSphere environments to a VMware SDDC running on AWS elastic, bare metal infrastructure.

“With the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS, for the first time customers can operate a consistent and seamless hybrid IT environment that combines the VMware software they love with the unmatched functionality, security, and operational expertise of the AWS Cloud,” said AWS CEO Andy Jassy. “The majority of the world’s enterprises have virtualized their data centers with VMware, and now these customers can easily move applications between their on-premises environments and AWS without having to purchase any new hardware, rewrite their applications, or modify their operations.”

VMware Cloud on AWS includes:

  • Enterprise capabilities of VMware SDDC with the functionality operational ability of AWS’s public cloud
  • Identical skills, tools, and processes for managing private and public cloud environments so customers have consistent operations, improved productivity, and reduced costs
  • Fast and bi-directional workload portability between private and public clouds
  • Flexibility to choose where to run applications based on business needs, while having access to AWS services and infrastructure elasticity for VMware SDDC environments
  • Ability to scale host capacity up or down in a few minutes, and spin up an entire VMware SDDC in less than a day
  • Ability to run, manage, and secure applications in a hybrid IT environment without having to purchase custom hardware, rewrite applications, or modify operating models  


VMware AppDefense

VMware also announced its latest app security solution AppDefense. AppDefense uses virtual infrastructure and monitors running applications to detect and automate responses to cyberattacks focusing on applications.

“App security is growing too hard and too complex and data breaches are growing fast,” VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger told attendees in his keynote address. “We need to find a new approach.”

“The growing frequency and cost of security incidents points to a fundamental flaw in security models that focus solely on chasing threats,” VMware Senior Vice President of Security Products Tom Corn said in a statement.

AppDefense leverages an intent-based security model that uses the proactive approach of what the applications should do during an attack instead of reacting to what the attackers do in order to defend the network.

AppDefense’s intent-based security model functions by:

  • Increased use of automation in application and infrastructure provisioning
  • Use of application frameworks that provide more authoritative views of intended state
  • The application of machine learning that enables the ability to reason about state and behavior across large populations
  • Increased use of virtualization and cloud, which provides greater application context and isolation

Organizations can integrate AppDefense with their existing security controls and integrates with endpoint security and security information and event management (SIEM). AppDefense is currently available for organizations using vSphere 6.5.


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