What is NFV? These are virtualised Carrier/SP services that have historically run on dedicated, proprietary hardware in the field. A great example is an LTE Base-station controller or an MPLS Provider Edge router, where rather than buying the dedicated hardware appliance from the vendor, you buy the licence for the Virtual Appliance (NFV certified for use with vSphere) and deploy it in a vSphere cluster instead; which is much more efficient when you combine multiple NFV services in the same vSphere cluster.
VMware Skyline was announced at VMworld US 2017, however it did not get much press. I was listening to the VMware Communities Roundtable podcast from this week, where Skyline was the subject. I was impressed with the vision of Skyline to be a pro-active and predictive support platform for VMware customers.
What caught my attention, was the intention to leverage analytics and a VVD rules engine to notify customers if they are straying from the flock from a configuration and design perspective. Skyline is deployed as a virtual appliance (Skyline Collector) which securely feeds information and logs back to the VMware mothership.
VMware, in collaboration with Google Cloud and Pivotal, has announced the VMware Pivotal Container Service. This is an exciting collaboration that will help fill the current gaps in the container ecosystem.
VMware SABU has announced the “HCI Acceleration Kit”. Which allows enterprises to deploy vSAN, including single socket hardware, for under $25K per site for ROBO, distributed site use-cases. These types of deployments are typically seen in the retail, healthcare, oil/gas, military and manufacturing sectors.
VMware has a vision to use NSX as the glue to bind heterogeneous endpoints together (Public Cloud, Private Cloud, New App Frameworks, End Users, Branch, Edge, IOT) that is secure, automated and consistent. The following VMware NSBU announcements are the first generation of this vision.