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This week VMWare reinforced its commitment to working with leading organisations across the globe to help them not only survive but grow in the future.

“Adapting to a new reality, new approaches of doing business and new ways of engaging with customers, puts a heightened emphasis on businesses being able to securely preserve their vital business operations and services,” the company said at VMWorld 2020, a virtual event that included keynote addresses, panel discussions, innovation, product and partnership announcements as well as global press briefings.

As part of the VMWorld 2020 global press briefing, VMWare highlighted the need for a flexible digital foundation as a necessity to support businesses through these challenging times.

“Organisations are navigating one of the most significant disruptions of our generation. These challenges will accelerate a shift to cloud-centric strategies, like SASE, that address the requirements of enabling people to work from anywhere,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, chief operating officer, products and cloud services at Vmware said in a media statement. “VMware Future Ready Workforce solutions help businesses enable their people to work from anywhere with intrinsic security, delightful end-user experiences and lower operational complexity.”

SASE is an emerging architecture for unifying networking and security in the cloud. Legacy networking and security approaches lack the automation, cloud scale and intrinsic security needed to connect and protect apps, data, and users across a globally distributed business fabric.

The VMware SASE Platform converges cloud networking, cloud security and zero trust network access with best in class web security to deliver flexibility, agility, and scalability for enterprises of all sizes. It is a cloud-first offering that delivers application quality assurance, intrinsic security, and operational simplicity, and is ideal for organizations that are supporting a work from anywhere workforce, VMWare said.

Outlining the new portfolio

Speaking at the virtual VMWorld 2020 Sub-Saharan Africa Press briefing that took place on the 30 September, Joe Baguley VP and technology officer of VMWare EMEA explained what the announcements meant for their customers. The press briefing was part of  the VMWorld annual event.

He outlined announcements that encompass solutions that provide for a future-ready workforce solutions to address the needs of the distributed workforce such as the VMware SASE Platform, which converges cloud networking, cloud security and Zero Trust access with new partnerships in web security to deliver flexibility, agility, and scalability for enterprises of all sizes.

SASE delivers application quality assurance, intrinsic security and operational simplicity and is ideal for organizations that are supporting a work from anywhere workforce.

Baguley also outlined  the next wave of virtual cloud network innovation to connect and protect today’s distributed, multi-cloud enterprise. The Tanzu innovations are across three areas – automation that enables the public cloud experience; modern application connectivity and security services; and solutions that re-imagine what’s possible in network security.

VMWare's media statement noted that VMware Tanzu Service Mesh and VMware Container Networking with Antrea are available. VMware NSX-T 3.1, vRealize Network Insight 6.0, VMWare Edge Network Intelligence, and VMware NSX Advanced Threat Prevention are expected to be available in VMware’s Q3 FY21, which ends on October 30, 2020.

Baguely also touched on the fact that VMWare expanded the Tanzu portfolio and partnerships to accelerate customers’ infrastructure and application modernization efforts. “We want developers to have a choice – to be able to build any app, use it in any device, anywhere,” he said.

The fourth announcement centred on a technology preview focused on evolving its architecture for the data centre, cloud and edge to address the changing requirements of next-generation applications including AI, machine learning and 5G applications called “Project Monterey: Re-Imagining Hybrid Cloud Architecture to Support Next-Generation Applications.”

Project Monterey is an initiative that provided a preview into VMWare evolving its architecture for the data centre, cloud and edge to address the changing requirements of next-generation applications including AI, machine learning and 5G applications.  It will also extend the VMware Cloud Foundation to support SmartNIC technology for increased performance, distributed security and consistent operations for all applications.

VMWare is collaborating with ecosystem partners such as Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo to deliver solutions based on Project Monterey using SmartNICs from Intel, NVIDIA and Pensando Systems. Baguley also emphasised that collaboration had always been a core part of VMWare's approach to innovation and development process.

In another press briefing and Q & A  held on the 30th September, Pat Gelsinger,VMWare CEO, highlighted that the announcements about Project Monterey were a technology preview. The project  will take a number of years before full realisation, he said.

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