VMware CEO: VMware Provides Smartest Path to Multicloud

At his VMworld 2021 keynote speech, VMware CEO Rangarajan Raghuram touts the company’s latest innovations to enable Kubernetes and multicloud adoption.

Wylie Wong, Regular Contributor

October 6, 2021

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VMware CEO Rangarajan Raghuram on Tuesday made a pitch to customers that VMware can provide them with a complete, integrated set of software and cloud services they need to go multicloud. 

At his VMworld 2021 keynote speech, Raghuram said that in the first phase of the cloud journey, organizations moved to a single cloud to begin building cloud-native apps. But over the past 20 months, the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation efforts and a move to the next phase of the cloud journey: the move to multicloud computing.

“Phase 2 is all about building and running a more diverse set of applications in the cloud. You can select the cloud based on the needs of the app and what your business demands,” he said. “You are also transforming your data center into private clouds and running apps there. And now with the edge, you are pushing apps and services closer to where you need it, especially in sectors like retail, manufacturing, transportation and energy.”

In fact, typical organizations run about 500 apps to drive their businesses, he said. About 75%  are using two or more public clouds and 40% are using three or more public clouds, added Raghuram, who became VMware CEO in June after previously serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer. 

VMware on Tuesday unveiled a raft of new software products and cloud services, including Tanzu Kubernetes software, cloud services, edge and security products and forthcoming technology designed to simplify multicloud adoption and management. All of the announcements are part of what VMware calls its “Cross-Cloud services,” a family of services that enable organizations to build, run and secure their apps across the multicloud, from public and private clouds to the edge.

“Going forward, multicloud is at the center of gravity for everything we do,” Raghuram said during his speech. “We are taking the products that you know and trust and expanding their capabilities to a multicloud world.”

In the past, customers migrating to multicloud had to make tough choices, he said.

“Do you optimize for developer autonomy and choice? Or do you prioritize DevSecOps [team members] who want to deploy code with consistency? If you’re in ITOps, do you prioritize flexibility in running the enterprise applications in different clouds? Or do you focus on retaining full control of your environment?” he said.

And as for the workforce, organizations have had to choose between providing employees with access to applications from anywhere or prioritizing security to keep their apps and data protected.

With VMware’s stack of solutions, customers no longer have to make those tough choices because they can do it all, he said.

“Our approach … is to break through those tough choices,” Raghuram said.  

During the keynote, Raghuram highlighted several product announcements, including:

  • New features in the beta release of Tanzu Application Platform, which he said is an integrated solution that gives developers and DevSecOps staff an orchestrated path to production.

  • Project Arctic, which he said is basically vSphere as a service and streamlines the journey to the cloud, and Project Ensemble, which enables increased control over application cost, performance, security and automation.

  • A new service mesh and new Kubernetes security technologies that transform app security.

  • VMware Edge Compute Stack, which he said enables organizations to deploy edge-native applications at the far edge.

VMware’s solutions are flexible and modular, allowing customers to pick and choose which services they want to use, and on which cloud they prefer, he said.

“Historically, the reason VMware has been successful in the marketplace is we built a trusted foundation for our customers for their most critical applications,” Raghuram said during a press Q&A on Tuesday. “What we are doing with this set of innovations is we are enabling the trusted foundation to accelerate the innovation as our customers become digital enterprises. Only VMware provides this multicloud autonomy for developers while enabling consistent operations of consistent DevSecOps. It really provides the smartest path to the cloud.”

During the press Q&A, Raghuram said VMware will continue to invest significantly in security solutions. He also said the company is targeting the edge market for two reasons: the continued growth of the remote workforce and the fact that enterprises increasingly want to build new edge-native applications. Many customers view the edge as their next stage of digital innovation, he said.

About the Author(s)

Wylie Wong

Regular Contributor

Wylie Wong is a journalist and freelance writer specializing in technology, business and sports. He previously worked at CNET, Computerworld and CRN and loves covering and learning about the advances and ever-changing dynamics of the technology industry. On the sports front, Wylie is co-author of Giants: Where Have You Gone, a where-are-they-now book on former San Francisco Giants. He previously launched and wrote a Giants blog for the San Jose Mercury News, and in recent years, has enjoyed writing about the intersection of technology and sports.

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