VMware updates its Cloud Foundation platform

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VMware Cloud Foundation 4.2 delivers key platform enhancements, including support for persistent data storage.

This week VMware announced the release of version 4.2 of its VMware Cloud Foundation. The company has made major improvements to its hybrid cloud platform for managing VMs and orchestrating software containers.

Containers are used to host the components of today’s most agile applications. It’s an integrated software stack that bundles VMware’s vSphere virtualization software with vSAN for storage virtualization, NSX for network virtualization and vRealize for cloud management.

Delivering “developer-ready infrastructure”

Rick Walsworth, the Group Manager for the VMware Cloud Foundation Product Marketing team, announced the update in a blog post. “VMware Cloud Foundation 4.2 introduces several new features and enhancements to further help customers deliver developer-ready infrastructure,” he writes.

In addition, the new updates will help customers to “scale their infrastructure without compromise and boost security,” according to Walsworth. 

This latest version is the first to include the new VSAN Data Persistence platform. This platform is meant to act as a unified, hybrid cloud-ready storage platform for both modern and traditional apps. VMware claims it is also simple to use and provides greater operational consistency.

“With this new integration with VMware Cloud Foundation, customers can manage new S3-compatible object storage for unstructured data with the industry-leading HCI platform,” he writes. This can be done via support for partner offerings from Cloudian and MinIO.

Adding vSAN HCI Mesh

Additional updates include vSAN HCI Mesh, which delivers a new software-based approach for disaggregating compute and storage resources. HCI Mesh also helps customers reduce CAPEX while lowering OPEX. This is due to their being able to reduce the amount of storage resources managed by scaling efficiently.  

Also new is VMware’s NSX-T 3.1 Federation offering. “Delivered as part of NSX-T 3.1 and now supported with VCF 4.2, NSX-T Federation provides a cloud-like operating model for network administrators by simplifying the consumption of networking and security constructs,” Walsworth adds.

There is also a new version of VMware’s vRealize suite. These are cloud management tools for enterprises to utilize. Walsworth writes that it comes with improvements to data-driven infrastructure automation and boosts security for artificial intelligence-powered operations.

The Advanced Security Add-on for VMware Cloud Foundation that now includes advanced threat protection, workload and endpoint security.

Availability of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.2 will be within the company’s FYQ1 ’22.