What’s New In the Latest Release of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC – VMworld Edition

Since its announcement at VMworld 2018, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, formerly known as Dimension, has matured into enterprise-optimized infrastructure as-a-Service solution that scales up in density and capacity and provides enterprises with a fully managed, on-premises solution built to handle advanced workloads and virtual desktop environments that they are responsible for today. The inclusiveness of the service eliminates any CapEx investment and separate licensing of VMware SDDC software components, and includes comprehensive, proactive support of the hardware infrastructure and software, eliminating the cost of professional services most IT organizations purchase to ensure uptime for their end users.

Our September release, announced today, builds on the robustness of this innovative service offering in several ways including:

Certification and Compliance Enhancements

Today, with data security protection concerns at an all-time high, certain industries and various countries enforce specific regulatory compliance policies and established security standards that protect different types of corporate and personal data.

The September release of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC has advanced its support of popular compliance and security standards to now support ISO27001, ISO27017, ISO27018, SOC 2 Type1, CSA, CCPA, and GDPR compliance standards.

Of all these certifications, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance standard is arguably one of the most complex and extensive data protection standards in existence. It places very rigorous controls on the collection, storage and dissemination of personal data belonging to residents of the European Union. These standards are enforced not only for transfer within the European Union – but also enforced outside the European Union when data is sent outside this region. With VMware Cloud on Dell EMC’s GDPR Certification in place, the team is excited to work with our European customers in the near future.

Broader Portfolio of Compute Instances

When it comes to aligning enterprise workloads with compute nodes, there is no ‘one size fits all’ .  Enterprise workloads have specific hardware requirements to operate at their best. Mapping the right compute, storage, and memory to these workloads helps to ensure optimal performance while keeping costs under control.  VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is introducing our 4th node instance with this release.  This new node, X1d.xLarge, is a dual socket powerhouse supporting 96 virtual CPUs, twice as much RAM as our previously announced instance for memory hungry workloads, and a whopping 3 times the storage to handle storage intensive applications.

The launch of this instance is timely. With so many workers being forced to work from home due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, IT teams have had to scramble to spin up productive virtual desktop environments to support these workers. The nature of these virtual desktop environments requires a significant amount of CPU, memory, and storage resources. Even once this Pandemic ends, many of these workers may decide to work remotely a significant portion of the time.  As a result, IT teams may need to maintain these resources for the foreseeable future. The new X1d.xLarge instance provides an ideal balance of CPU, Memory, and storage for hosting large numbers of virtual desktops in the smallest number of instances possible. The following share summarizes VMware Cloud on Dell EMC’s portfolio of node instances, including the X1d.xLarge.

Increased Node Density Per Rack

To help maximize the aggregate compute, RAM and Storage capacity for each square foot of data center floor space, September’s release of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC brings a 50 percent increase in the number of nodes running in each rack*. This means that a full height VMware Cloud on Dell EMC rack can house up to 24 physical nodes. Leverage this increased density with the new X1d.xLarge node type and you can take advantage of significant compute power in the footprint of a single rack.

Multiple Cluster Support Per Rack

The ability to define multiple clusters in a single rack is now supported in the September release of this service. This feature allows users to segment their instances to provide the right amount of CPU and storage resources for each workload they are running. With the increase in rack density to 24 nodes per rack*, up to 8 clusters can now be supported per rack. The following diagram graphically represents how multiple clusters can be provisioned in a single rack:

HCX Advanced Support

The ability to migrate workloads, regardless of whether they are cold, warm, or active has always been a standout innovation for VMware. VMware Cloud on Dell EMC’s latest release announced today supports HCX Advanced, making workload migration simpler, more flexible, and less service impacting. Not only does HCX Advanced support smoother initial large- scale migration of customer workloads from their existing infrastructure on to their new service infrastructure, it also makes routine workload migration simpler, seamless, and non-disruptive.

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Built In

Many enterprises are planning for how they will scale, manage, and automate a plethora of advanced workloads on the horizon. Having integrated tools capable of easing these tasks is key to operating smoothly when onboarding these next generation workloads. VMware Cloud on Dell EMC supports Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, or TKG, to make these tasks manageable. With TKG, customers are able to leverage a consistent Kubernetes platform to manage and automate multi-cluster operations, manage the isolation of specific workloads, and control the scale of their Kubernetes footprint using tools such as Tanzu Mission Control.

VMware Cloud on Dell EMC Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Verification Program

We are excited to share our new “Partner Ready for VMware Cloud” logo program for all partners certified on VMware Cloud Platforms. Partners who have validated their application and or infrastructure solutions will be able to signify to their customers that they stand ready to guide them on their cloud adoption journey. You can learn more about our partners by visiting the cloud marketplace .

Learn More About VMware Cloud on Dell EMC at VMworld 2020

VMworld 2020 provides many opportunities to learn much more about VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. The following is a list of VMworld 2020 breakout sessions presented by subject matter experts and focused on VMware Cloud on Dell EMC:

HCP1831: Building a successful VDI solution with VMware Cloud on Dell EMC – Andrew Nielsen, Sr. Director, Workload and Technical Marketing, VMware

HCP1803: Business Use Cases Showcase with VMware Cloud on Dell EMC –Wei Wang, Director, Product Marketing, VMware

HCP1804: Build a Killer Application with VMware Cloud on Dell EMC – Matt Morgan, VP Product Marketing, VMware

HCP1802: Extend Hybrid Cloud to the Edge and Data Center with VMware Cloud on Dell EMC – Varun Chhabra, VP Product Marketing, Dell

HCP1321: VMware Cloud on Dell EMC – Technology Integration and Workload Migration – Matt Herreras, Director, Technical Marketing, VMware

HCP1834: Second-Generation VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, Explained by Product Experts – Neeraj Patalay, Product Manager, VMware

HCP2709: Expert Roundtable: Get Answers to Your Toughest VMware Cloud on Dell EMC Questions – Ken Smith, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, VMware

Besides these breakout sessions, there is a virtual Demo Zone where you can chat with VMware Cloud on Dell EMC experts, watch a demo, and learn about a variety of additional resources to better explain the service. More information on the Demo Zone can be found on the VMworld 2020 event website 

The VMware Cloud on Dell EMC team is very interested in any questions you might have. Please email questions to vmcondellemc@vmware.com  . You can also find the latest news on our service on Twitter at @VMWonDellEMC as well as go to our product webpage .

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