Photo - Laurence Si, Country Manager, Malaysia & Brunei, VMware.
Virtualisation technology giant VMWare has recently unveiled in Malaysia a series of announcements around a unified cloud management platform, comprising virtualised compute, networking and storage for the hybrid cloud.
During a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur, VMware's Asean head of strategic business development, Matthew Hardman and VMware country manager for Malaysia & Brunei, Laurence Si, outlined the components behind the company's 'One Cloud' offering, which they added was an industry first.
"The Asean region has seen significant growth and maturity in Cloud adoption, with Malaysia continuing to stay steady, according to the findings in the 2014 Cloud Readiness Index," said Hardman. "The transformation within industry is global and driven by software."
"Today's brave new model of IT are defined by such words as fluid, instant and secure," he said. "Businesses need the speed, flexibility and secure way to manage IT."
"From accounting to mobility-enabling applications, the uptake of apps has to an acceleration of both private and hybrid cloud adoption especially to support Malaysian and Asean businesses' highly mobile workforce," said Hardman.
"These all signal a move towards software-defined enterprise," he said. "While businesses enjoy the benefits of agility, flexibility and scalability that the software-defined model brings, the actual creation and provisioning of applications often result in multiple challenges and complexities such as having to manage multiple cloud environments."
One Cloud: Telekom Malaysia
"What if businesses could create, provision and manage all applications with just One Cloud?" said VMware's Si, adding that the solutions making up the new platform, which will be available during Q1 2015, include VMware Sphere 6, VMware Integrated Open Stack, VMware VirtualSAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes and VMware vCloudAir Hybrid Marketing Services powered by VMware NSX.
A bulleted VMware description follows:
- VMware NSX and VMware vCloud Air to bridge public and private clouds with a single network
- New VMware OpenStack distribution to deliver simple path to building OpenStack clouds
- VMware vSphere 6, foundation for hybrid cloud, to deliver more than 650 new features and innovations
Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes to enable mass adoption of Software-Defined Storage
- Radically simple, VMware Virtual SAN 6 Delivers more than four times the performance, double the scale and new enterprise features
- VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes the industry's first solution to enable native Virtual Machine-awareness across broad range of third-party storage systems
As an example of what these components together would mean to organisations, Si said Telekom Malaysia will shortly officially announce some details of benefits it derived from adopting VMware's unified cloud platform within its organisation.
"In Malaysia, Telekom Malaysia (TM) was able to deliver next-generation IT by creating a unified cloud management platform that is effective, efficient and elastic," he said. "VMware helped TM improve machine provisioning by 90 percent and reduce system provisioning time to less than a week as compared to 3-6 months previously. This allowed TM personnel to improve their work flow and resulted in an increase in credibility with their stakeholders. It also helped TM reduce expenditure by up to 30 percent."
"No matter the type, choice or cloud consumption model, this unified platform brings the flexibility and choice to create new or update existing applications, with greater ease of manageability and security across the business," said Si.
"Malaysian companies are among the most dynamic and competitive businesses in the world, having to cater to the demands of a diverse and sophisticated market both domestically and abroad," he said. "With the One Cloud, Any Application model, VMware is uniquely positioned to partner with Malaysian companies to compete globally by simplifying the management of their cloud and enabling them to focus on what's most important for the business."