VMware has launched VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ to help organisations bring the benefits of the cloud to their existing on-premises infrastructure with no disruption to their workloads or hosts.
Introduced at VMworld 2021 as a technology preview known as Project Arctic, these new offerings will help customers enhance their infrastructure by providing centralised cloud-based infrastructure management, integrated Kubernetes, access to new hybrid cloud services, and a flexible subscription model.
Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager for VMware Cloud Platform Business, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group, VMware, said: “VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ represent the next major evolution of those foundational solutions that customers know and trust.
“Wherever customers are on their digital transformation journey and in executing their cloud strategy, vSphere+ and vSAN+ will help accelerate their transformation by bringing the benefits of cloud to their existing on-premises infrastructure and workloads, along with simplified consumption via a flexible subscription model.”
VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ are an integral part of the VMware Cloud strategy to deliver consistent infrastructure with value-added capabilities across distributed environments. vSphere+ and vSAN+ will enable customers to activate add-on hybrid cloud services that deliver on key use cases for business-critical applications running on-premises, including disaster recovery and ransomware protection. Customers of all sizes will be able to consume new capabilities, security and product updates at a much faster pace and vastly simplify their operations—without making changes to their existing applications or hardware.
“The transformation of on-premises infrastructure with cloud services is an emerging modernisation trend that IDC is seeing draw significant interest from enterprises,” said Gary Chen, IDC Research Director, Software Defined Compute. “By enabling the ubiquitous datacenter hypervisor with cloud services, users will be able to onboard innovative capabilities that can be delivered immediately and fully managed from the cloud to address a broad range of pain points such as management efficiency, scale out Kubernetes operations, and DR. The future possibilities of this delivery model, such as with vSphere+ and vSAN+, are endless and can be a key tool for enterprises to modernise existing infrastructure quickly with minimal burden.”
Under pressure to improve efficiency and productivity, infrastructure operations teams are seeking more efficient ways to maintain and protect infrastructure to support increasingly larger and more complex environments. In many instances, customers’ vSphere environments are distributed across siloed locations, edge sites, and clouds leading to operational complexity and inefficient maintenance experience.
vSphere+ and vSAN+ provide a unified infrastructure management experience for these distributed environments via the VMware Cloud Console. The console features global inventory, configuration, alerts, administration and security status for on-premises deployments. Admins will be able to perform certain operational tasks directly from the VMware Cloud Console such as managing configurations and policies across their deployments. Additionally, customers will benefit from a vastly simplified lifecycle management experience through cloud-enabled automation of updates of on-premises infrastructure components. Customers will also gain from cloud-based remediation and configuration drift capabilities, including security checks to maintain compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements.
Developer teams are focused on modernising their applications and infrastructure to deliver better software to production, faster. Providing a single workload platform for running VMs and containers orchestrated by Kubernetes, vSphere+ will help transform on-premises infrastructure into an enterprise-ready Kubernetes platform. This includes providing a multi-cloud IaaS consumption experience for developers by extending the capabilities of VMware Tanzu Standard Runtime to enable developers to run and manage Kubernetes at scale with consistency and efficiency across on-premises, public clouds, and edge. The inclusion of VMware Tanzu Mission Control Essentials will provide customers with global visibility across their entire Kubernetes footprint and automate operational tasks.
Modern organisations require integrated and expanded cloud services to consistently bolster their security posture, quickly recover from disasters and site outages, and better protect against ransomware. With vSphere+ and vSAN+, customers will continue to use their existing investments, including toolsets and domain expertise, while benefiting from the expanded capabilities of VMware Cloud. Customers will benefit from protection workflows available as add-on cloud services directly integrated into their operating environment including VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery, an on-demand ransomware and disaster recovery service. New add-on cloud services are under development and are expected to be delivered in the future providing customers with a streamlined path to the cloud, should they choose to migrate down the road.
Employing Blockchain To Mitigate DDoS Attacks
Blockchain and cybersecurity can co-exist as the former’s decentralized nature makes the data stored within it impossible to breach or manipulate. Accordingly, organizations can use such capabilities of blockchain to prevent or mitigate DDoS attacks.
According to a study, there were 5.4 million known instances of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks only in the first half of 2021, an 11% increase over the same statistic in the first half of 2020. DDoS attacks are created to slow down and eventually thwart the working of websites. Such attacks are initiated by flooding them with requests until they crash. Apart from being incredibly common, a DDoS attack can cost companies over US$ 1.6 million in cumulative losses. To prevent such losses, businesses in several sectors intertwine blockchain and cybersecurity to ensure the protection of their data and IT infrastructure. Similarly, in the case of DDoS attacks, blockchain offers a viable solution to prevent or at least mitigate the impact of such attacks.
IT Infrastructure Security through Decentralization
The jeopardy of DDoS attacks comes from how hackers deploy them to inundate centralized IT systems with excessive traffic to overwhelm websites and servers that can only handle a certain number of requests at any given time. During a DDoS attack, the bandwidth capacity of centralized servers is targeted by the attackers. As you may know, blockchain is decentralized. No database or other component of an IT infrastructure in a blockchain-based network will be at one particular location or under the control of a single administrator. This decentralized nature enables blockchain-based cybersecurity tools to allocate data and bandwidth for mitigating the impact of a DDoS attack. Such decentralized tools create bandwidth for DDoS-generated traffic to use. This keeps important databases safe. Eventually, the DDoS attack will be weakened and controllable with firewall systems or anti-malware tools.
IoT Security through Encrypted Networks
DDoS attacks can also affect multiple connected devices in an IoT network. Given the growing number of IoT devices and networks globally existing currently and in the future, ways to counter DDoS-driven IoT issues need to be found. Fortunately, blockchain-based tools can facilitate the creation of secure, trustless IoT networks. In such networks, blockchain-based decentralization and trustlessness eliminate the prospect of threats that can cause damage to multiple connected devices. Data transfers through blockchain-based IoT networks are encrypted to prevent manipulation and breaches. The reason why blockchain and cybersecurity work well in combination is that several core qualities of the former are ideal for seamless application in the latter. With blockchain continuously evolving, the cybersecurity of tomorrow can be much more robust when combined with fully developed blockchain-based tools of the future.
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