VMworld 2018: Five Things VMware Needs to Do to Support an Enterprise DevOps Model

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• Having laid out its private cloud management and strategy, VMware needs to set its sights on easing microservices and multi-cloud deployment complexities next.

• Articulating its DevOps roadmap, including microservices, service mesh, and serverless computing, would go a long way instilling confidence among customers.

A year after rolling out new cloud services including visibility, cost monitoring, analytics, and security, VMware released during VMworld SaaS-based automation tools, but this is only the tip of the iceberg in helping address customers’ app modernization plans.

Enterprises are now seeking private/hybrid cloud solutions addressing APLM (application and platforms lifecycle management) issues around new development architectures such as microservices and eventually serverless computing. VMware is well positioned through its vSphere enterprise and SP customer base to provide services to enterprises moving to provision containers with security, storage, and networking. While VMware is focused on providing private and hybrid cloud management around early containerization projects involving monolithic applications, it must now turn its attention towards supporting IT operations teams through important product integrations of key technologies such as Istio service mesh and Knative.

During this week’s VMworld, within VMware’s Cloud Services division there was little context in the way of DevOps strategy, including updates on its containerization strategy which centers around Pivotal Container Service (PKS), VMware Kubernetes Engine (VKE), VMware Integrated Container (VIC), and Photon (microservices) portfolio. VMware needs to ratchet up efforts in coming months to move further up the cloud stack and address enterprise IT operations teams’ APLM issues. This blog post provides five crucial moves VMware needs to make to remain competitive with rival application platforms and hybrid cloud rivals.
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Is DevOps Ready for EMM and MBaaS Consolidation?

C. Dunlap
C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

• 2015 was the year of mobility consolidation including MADP, MBaaS, and PaaS

• Is 2016 the year of consolidation between EMM and MBaaS?

Continued consolidation among mobility technologies is inevitable. We’ve seen significant convergence over the past 18 months between developer-oriented technologies such as MADP and MBaaS; PaaS and MBaaS, and even PaaS and IaaS. So what’s next for 2016? Is DevOps finally ready for consolidation between mobile security and mobile app platforms? There are some rumblings among security and mobile app platform providers and their third-party partners around the growing importance of having a broader mobile portfolio to meet the needs of enterprises. In particular, some MADP vendors may be realizing enterprise mobility management (EMM) capabilities would provide an important area of differentiation in a highly competitive market.

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What Does Management Mean to You, How Big is It, & Can It Be Done?


Mike Spanbauer
Mike Spanbauer
  • The IT management toolkit consists of at least a dozen or more management tools to address element management, event stream correlation and trending, business process automation, virtualization control, to name a few, it’s a complex task to integrate and one that falls to consulting or the DevOps.
  • APIs and pre-tested integrations will become priority feature enterprises will evaluate when making technology decisions.

Gone are the days of being able to choose a point management product for a specific problem or vendor device and installing that parallel to other, dedicated task tools.  Today’s IT management buy centers must also evaluate the integrations with their existing toolsets, many of which were not tested by the vendor.  Network management vendors partner programs assist in integration and testing with other vendors but are limited to a small subset of third parties that joined the program.   These systems include element management, virtualization software, an event framework for operations and security streams, server and storage optimization tools, network tools, business process toolsets all of which should, but may not work together today.  The list of an average enterprise management software is much longer, rarely integrated well, and a hurdle to greater IT efficiency.  Much of this integration falls to a role that has always been a jack-of-all (integration) trades, the DevOps administrator. Continue reading “What Does Management Mean to You, How Big is It, & Can It Be Done?”