In this article, we will take a brief overview of the different VMware Cloud Services that VMware offers.
The full lab logical design can be seen HERE.
Introducing VMware Cloud Services – A SaaS Journey
In 2018 , VMware continued rolling out Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings and cloud products. These are aimed to deliver a unified approach to end-to-end visibility, governance, and security for VMs and containers running in VMware based private and hybrid clouds, as well as across public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Some of the newly additions include VMware AppDefence, VMware Cloud Assembly, VMware Service Broker, CloudHealth ect. If you’ve missed Pat Gelsinger’s (VMware CEO) keynote speech, where he presented some of these new offerings at this year’s VMworld conference, you can watch it below:
VMworld 2018 Europe Day 1 General Session
As of today, VMware Cloud Services & cloud products consists of following products/offerings:
- VMware Cloud on AWS*
- VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud
- VMware Discovery*
- VMware vCloud Usage Insight*
- VMware Network Insight*
- VMware Cost Insight*
- VMware Log Intelligence*
- VMware Cloud PKS* (formerly VMware Kubernetes Engine, a.k.a. VKE)
- VMware Code Stream*
- VMware Cloud Assembly*
- VMware Service Broker*
- VMware Cloud Marketplace*
- VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension* (HCX)
- VMware Secure State*
- VMware AppDefence
- VMware Learning Platform* (VLP)
- VMware Horizon Cloud on IBM SoftLayer
- VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure
- VMware Horizon 7 on VMware VMC on AWS
- VMware Workspace ONE Intelligence
- VMware Workspace ONE (VMware Identity Manager , a.k.a vIDM )
- VMware Workspace ONE Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) (formerly AirWatch)
- Wavefront by VMware* (acquired in 2017)
- CloudHealth (acquired in 2018)
- VMware NSX Cloud (a.k.a. NSX-T)
- VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF)
*Located on the VMware Cloud website
All SaaS offerings from the above list, like VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Assembly, ect.. are being referred to as VMware Cloud Services.
Furthermore, although these are not VMware official name umbrellas, subsets of these services are commonly being referred as follows:
Cloud Automation Services, which includes:
- VMware Code Stream
- VMware Cloud Assembly
- VMware Service Broker
Cloud Operations includes:
- VMware Cloud Automation Services
- Wavefront by VMware
- VMware Secure State
- (may include more in future)
To get started and access these offering you can visit the VMware Cloud portal at:
In a series of follow up posts we will be taking a closer look into many of these offerings , starting with VMware Cloud Assembly and VMware Service Broker, VMware AppDefence and VMware Secure State. So be on a look out for those.
Now lets take an overview of all of the offerings.
VMware Cloud on AWS
VMware Cloud on AWS delivers vSphere-based, Consistent Hybrid Operating Environments on AWS Cloud. It brings our Software-Defined Data Center software to the AWS Cloud, delivered as an on-demand service.
VMware Cloud on AWS
VMware Cloud on AWS – Overview (Youtube)
VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud
A secure platform for government agencies to access the benefits of public and private clouds.
VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud
VMware Discovery provides Automate Cloud Inventory Detection Across AWS, Azure and VMware Environments. It delivers a secure and efficient approach for automatically detecting your public and private cloud inventory, making it easier to organize and search cloud resources.
VMware Discovery: Automate Inventory Detection across Clouds
Discovery – Overview (Youutbe)
VMware vCloud Usage Insight
vCloud Usage Insight provides automated usage reporting, simple onboarding, secure data transfer and aggregation of usage across all contracts and sites. vCloud Usage Insight is available free of charge.
VMware vCloud Usage Insight is now Available!
Introduction to VMware vCloud Usage Insight (Youtube)
Getting Started with vCloud Usage Insight
VMware Network Insight
VMware Network Insight delivers Better Network Visibility across AWS and VMware Environments. Analyze traffic flows, plan security and troubleshoot network issues across all virtual, physical and public cloud environments.
Network Insight – Overview (Youtube)
VMware Cost Insight
Empowers IT to compare and analyze the cost of running multiple clouds, identify key cost drivers, find efficiencies and communicate the cost of services to their business.
Cost Insight – Overview (Youtube)
VMware Log Intelligence
Real-time visibility into infrastructure and application logs across private clouds and AWS, including VMware Cloud on AWS.
VMware Cloud PKS
VMware Cloud PKS delivers deployment and consumption of Container Services with Production-Grade Kubernetes. VMware and Pivotal collaborate to deliver Kubernetes-based container services for multi-cloud enterprises and service providers.
VMware Cloud PKS – Overview
What’s new with VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS) 1.2 (Youtube)
VMware Code Stream
Speed software delivery and streamline troubleshooting with release pipelines and analytics.
Code Stream – Overview
VMware Cloud Assembly
Orchestrate and expedite infrastructure and application delivery in line with DevOps principles
VMware Cloud Assembly – Overview
VMware Service Broker
Aggregate native content from multiple clouds and platforms into a single catalog with role-based policies
Service Broker – Overview
VMware Cloud Marketplace
The technologies you know and love, delivered on the world’s most trusted enterprise cloud. Stay informed about the latest information about Cloud Marketplace and its availability.
Cloud Marketplace – Overview
VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension
VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension provides App Mobility and Infrastructure Hybridity Across Any-to-Any vSphere. It delivers secure and seamless app mobility and infrastructure hybridity across vSphere 5.0+ versions, on-premises and in the cloud.
Hybrid Cloud Extension for VMware Cloud on AWS addresses many of the challenge’s customers face when extending an on premises vSphere environment to VMware Cloud on AWS.Hybrid Cloud Extension Infrastructure Proxies permit an architecture where the on premises vSphere environment and the VMware Cloud on AWS environment don’t need to be tightly coupled, they communicate with each other via the proxies over a secure encrypted channel. This masking approach has many benefits
- Sensitive management and vMotion networks do not need to be routable to their counterparts on VMware Cloud on AWS. They just need to be presented to the local Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Proxy
- Supports a wider range of vSphere versions, no need to upgrade on premises environments
- On premises and the VMware on AWS instance can be on separate SSO domains.
Once the encrypted channel is in place High Throughput Layer 2 Concentrators (HTL2C) can extend on premises VM networks to a VMware Cloud on AWS instance. Each HTL2C can support up to 6 Gbps, this makes the WAN appear like the LAN and greatly simplifies the migration of workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS, VMs can be moved retaining their current IP and MAC. VMs can be migrated live individually or warm in bulk with just a reboot of the VM. Migration “waves” of 100’s of VMs can be moved and Hybrid Cloud Extension provides a detailed dashboard of progress and success .
The optimized Hybrid Cloud Extension SD WAN permits application components to reside both on premises and in VMware Cloud on AWS, for example a physical data base can remain in the on premises data center while the application and web tier are moved. The ability to avoid a “Big Bang” approach means migration projects can start straight away and the benefits of VMware Cloud on AWS realized sooner.
Once the VMware Cloud on AWS instance has been tethered to an on premises vSphere environment an organization can start making use of on demand compute capacity without having to redesign their current network and security.
Hybrid Cloud Extension – Overview
A simpler path to the cloud with VMware HCX Technologies (Youtube)
VMware Secure State
Real-time Configuration Security and Compliance Monitoring for AWS and Azure
Secure State – Overview
VMware AppDefense is a data center endpoint security product that protects applications running in virtualized environments. A sophisticated solution that embeds threat detection and response into the virtualization layer on which applications and data live.
The new vSphere Platinum offering has the AppDefence built in.
VMware AppDefence also integrates with VMware NSX to provide, automated Adaptive Macro-Segmentation
AppDefence – Overview
AppDefence Overview (Youtube)
Introducing VMware AppDefense (Youtube)
Introduction to VMware AppDefense
VMware Learning Platform
A SaaS platform that delivers hands-on virtual IT labs to anyone on the planet at cloud scale. Ready to experience the robust and simple-to-use platform yourself?
VMware Learning Platform – Overview
VMware Horizon Cloud on IBM SoftLayer
Desktop as a service (DaaS) and cloud-hosted applications that empower your end users with anytime, anywhere access to their digital workspaces from any device.
Horizon Cloud (IBM) – Overview
VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure
Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure simplifies the delivery of virtual desktops and apps. With a single solution, organizations can easily deploy and manage virtual applications and desktops on Microsoft Azure while leveraging cloud resources. IT can save time getting up and running with an easy deployment process, simplified management, and an architecture built for the cloud. And for organizations with fluctuating app usage, the Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure solution provides flexible, consumption-based pricing down to the
VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure Administration Guide
VMware Horizon Cloud with Microsoft Azure Technical Overview (Youtube)
VMware Horizon 7 on VMware VMC on AWS
VMware Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS delivers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud for virtual desktops and applications. It combines the enterprise capabilities of VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (delivered as a service on AWS) with the market-leading capabilities of VMware Horizon.
Horizon 7 on VMware VMC on AWS – Overview
VMware Horizon 7 v 7.5 with VMware Cloud on AWS Technical Overview (Youtube)
Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS (Youtube)
VMware Workspace ONE Intelligence
Improve user experience, optimize resources and strengthen security and compliance across your entire digital workspace with VMware Workspace ONE Intelligence.
Workspace ONE Intelligence – Overview
Introduction to Workspace ONE Intelligence (Youtube)
Workspace ONE Intelligence Lightboard (Youtube)
VMware Workspace ONE
Simply and securely deliver and manage any app on any device with VMware Workspace ONE, an intelligence-driven digital workspace platform powered by VMware AirWatch Technology. Workspace ONE integrates access control, application management and multi-platform endpoint management and is available as a cloud service or for on-premises deployment.
Workspace ONE – Overview
VMware Workspace ONE Product Demo (Youtube)
VMware Workspace ONE Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)
Reduce costs and improve security with modern, over-the-air management of every endpoint – including desktops, mobile, rugged, and IoT – and ensure enterprise security at every layer with Workspace ONE UEM, powered by AirWatch technology.
Workspace ONE Unified Endpoint Management Powered by AirWatch – Ovewrview
Overview of Unified Endpoint Management Technology in VMware Workspace ONE, Powered by AirWatch (Youtube)
VMware Workspace ONE, Powered by AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management (Youtube)
Wavefront by VMware
Wavefront by VMware delivers monitoring of Cloud-Native Environments with High-Velocity Custom Metrics and Analytics. It is a metrics monitoring and analytics platform that handles the high-scale requirements of modern cloud-native applications.
Wavefront by VMware – Ovewrview
Wavefront by VMware – Finding The Signal in the Noise (Youtube)
Wavefront by VMware and PKS (Youtube)
CloudHealth helps you quantify, understand, optimize, and automate your infrastructure, to control your data through knowledge.
CloudHealth – Overview
VMware NSX Cloud
Provides Consistent Networking and Security for Applications Running Natively in Public Clouds. Having a common networking and security model across clouds significantly improves operational scalability, control, and visibility – with lower OpEx.
NSX Cloud – Overview
NSX Cloud Overview (Youtube)
VMware Cloud Foundation
VMware Cloud Foundation makes it easy to deploy and run a hybrid cloud. VMware Cloud Foundation provides integrated cloud infrastructure (compute, storage, networking, and security) and cloud management services to run enterprise applications in both private and public environments.
VMware Cloud Foundation – Ovewrview
VMware Cloud Foundation Overview (Youtube)
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