Information Technology (IT) departments are under significant pressure to deliver new applications to market, to innovate with technology to surpass competitors, and to do it faster and with more choice. At the same time, requirements exist for stricter compliance, improved security, controlled costs, and increased efficiency. To address these challenges, the modern data center is trending towards virtualization, converged, hyperconverged, and software-defined infrastructures, and public and hybrid cloud solutions.
The VMware vision of the modern data center is one that is software-defined based on a standardized architecture. The architecture is a fully integrated hardware and software stack that is simple to manage, monitor, and operate. This architecture for the VMware software-defined data center (SDDC) empowers companies to run hybrid clouds and leverage unique capabilities to deliver outcomes that enable efficiency, agility, and security. The VMware SDDC uses VMware vSphere, VMware vSAN, and VMware NSX to provide compute, storage, and networking virtualization to the SDDC, and the VMware vRealize Suite for additional cloud management, self-service, automation, intelligent operations, and financial transparency.
VMware Cloud Foundation provides integrated cloud infrastructure (vSphere compute, vSAN storage, NSX networking, and security) and cloud management services (with the vRealize Suite) to run many types of enterprise applications in both private and public environments. These applications range from traditional applications that are deployed as virtual machines (VMs) and VMware Horizon virtual desktops to Kubernetes powered containerized cloud-native applications Cloud Foundation helps break down the traditional administrative silos in data centers by merging compute, storage, network provisioning, and cloud management to facilitate end-to-end support for application deployment. The Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager component automates the life cycle management of a complete SDDC on standardized hyperconverged architectures. Customers can deploy Cloud Foundation on-premises on a broad range of supported hardware or consume it as-a-service in the public cloud.
Dell Technologies shares VMware’s vision of the modern data center and extends that vision to the infrastructure. For customers that choose VMware as the primary technology for modernizing their data center or building a multicloud IT environment, Dell Technologies offer an automated path to the VMware SDDC with VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail.
The following figure shows the components of the VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail platform:
Figure 1. Cloud Foundation on VxRail platform components
As the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail delivers a simple and direct path to the hybrid cloud and Kubernetes at cloud scale with one complete automated platform. Cloud Foundation on VxRail builds on native VxRail and Cloud Foundation capabilities, with additional unique integration features that Dell Technologies and VMware have jointly engineered, to help simplify, streamline, and automate the operations of your entire SDDC, from before Day 0 through Day 2 operations. This means you get both the hyperconverged infrastructure and cloud platform software stack in one complete, automated life cycle, turnkey experience.
The platform delivers a set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, security, cloud management, and end-user computing as well as container-based cloud-native platform services, in both private and public environments. This makes it an ideal operational hub for your hybrid cloud. To accelerate an organization’s move to adopt containers and a hybrid cloud operating model, Dell Technologies offers unique integration between Cloud Foundation and VxRail. The integration supports VM-based and container-based workloads at the same time on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, with support for optionally incorporating Dell EMC external storage systems across multiple cloud environments.
VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail makes operating the data center fundamentally simpler by bringing the ease and automation of the public cloud in-house. This is achieved by deploying a standardized and validated network-flexible architecture with integrated full-stack life cycle automation for the entire cloud infrastructure stack, including hardware. This level of deep integration with Cloud Foundation is what gives customers a truly unique turnkey hybrid cloud experience.
Further, because security is one of the top priorities for the data center, Cloud Foundation on VxRail includes integrated end-to-end security at every level of the infrastructure -- from compute and management security to microsegmentation at the networking layer, to encryption at the storage layer, to security down into the hardware.
These benefits are also available with single vendor support through Dell Technologies along with choices for infrastructure delivery and flexible financial consumption options.
Organizations that are looking to extend their private cloud to the public cloud can consume VMware Cloud Foundation as-a-service through a broad range of cloud service provider partners, including VMware Cloud on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Rackspace, and others. This enables a true hybrid cloud that is based on a common and compatible platform that stretches from on-premises to off-premises for your VMs and containerized modern applications.