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A boost for Cross-Cloud Architecture

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VMware has advanced its Cross-Cloud Architecture, with new releases of its compute, storage and cloud management solutions, VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vRealize Automation.

The releases aim at helping IT operations teams more efficiently run, manage and secure their traditional and modern applications on and off-premises. They also enable customers to run, manage, connect, and secure their applications across clouds and devices in a common operating environment.

New features provide support for containers, enabling developers to become more productive and IT to easily run containerised applications in production.

Cross-Cloud Architecture enables customers to run, manage, connect and secure their applications across any cloud and any device, using a common operating environment. "At its core, it is about providing freedom and control," said Pat Gelsinger, VMware's CEO, during his keynote address at VMworld Europe 2016 in Barcelona this week.

"As the world's most complete and capable hybrid cloud architecture, the Cross-Cloud Architecture delivers consistent deployment models, security policies, visibility, and governance for all applications, running on-premises and off-premises, regardless of the underlying cloud, hardware platform or hypervisor.

"Enterprises count on their hybrid cloud environments to boost business agility and accelerate application deployment on the path to digital transformation," added Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president and general manager, Software-Defined Data Center Division, VMware.

He said the architecture builds on VMware's private and hybrid cloud capabilities by offering customers the freedom to innovate in multiple clouds, and is delivered through VMware Cloud Foundation and a new set of Cross-Cloud Services.

VMware Cloud Foundation delivers the next-generation hyper-converged infrastructure for building hybrid clouds, and integrates the company's highly scalable hyper-converged software with VMware NSX, its network virtualisation platform, into a unified SDDC platform that is easy to deploy and operate due to the built-in lifecycle automation capabilities of VMware SDDC Manager.

Raghuram added that the releases will deliver "significant new customer benefits" such as support for containerised applications in production, and simplifying operations at scale. "They represent important building blocks of our Cross-Cloud Architecture to help customers scale out their hybrid clouds."

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