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Broadcom reveals its first big update to VMware Cloud Foundation

Broadcom reveals its first big update to VMware Cloud Foundation

Broadcom has unveiled the latest update to VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), the company’s flagship private cloud platform. It is the first major update since Broadcom completed the acquisition of VMware last year, and went on to cut back VMware’s channel partner numbers and rewrite many users’ license terms.

VCF promises to deliver integrated, enterprise-class compute, networking, storage, management, and security across any environment. It includes native Kubernetes to support both VM and containerised workloads on a single platform, and enables advanced AI/ML workloads at enterprise scale.

“VCF customers benefit from license portability which enables them to purchase subscriptions of the new VCF software, and have complete mobility between their on-premise environment and supported endpoints of choice,” maintains Broadcom.

The latest advancements in VCF are designed to support customers’ digital innovation with faster infrastructure modernisation, improved developer productivity, and better cyber resiliency and security with “low total cost of ownership”.

“VMware Cloud Foundation is the industry’s first private cloud platform to offer the combined power of public and private clouds with unmatched operational simplicity and proven total cost of ownership value,” claimed Paul Turner, vice president of products, VMware Cloud Foundation division, Broadcom.

“With our latest release, VCF is delivering on key requirements driven by customer input. The new VCF Import functionality will be a game changer in accelerating VCF adoption and improving time to value. We are also delivering a set of new capabilities that help IT more quickly meet the needs of developers without increasing business risk,” added Turner.

The new features include the updated VCF importing capability, that will enable integration of existing vSphere and vSAN environments into VMware Cloud Foundation, centralising management and optimising resources without needing a full rebuild of a customer’s environment.

Additionally, the new release will simplify application deployment and management with quick start templates, easy network integration, and advanced performance insights, driving faster time to market and increased developer productivity, said the supplier.

And VCF and associated add-ons, such as VMware Live Recovery and VMware vDefend lateral security, enable private cloud integrity, higher availability, optimised network performance, malware/ransomware prevention, and robust data protection, Broadcom said.