Multi-Cloud Newsletter Oct. 2021 - issue #3

Multi-Cloud Newsletter Oct. 2021 - issue #3
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Hi and welcome to the third Multi-Cloud Newsletter, summarizing the most relevant multi-cloud news of the last couple of weeks, with a slight VMware slant. The newsletter will also be posted on the website (filipv.net) for future reference. You can subscribe to it via the subscribe button. (you will only get the newsletter via email, nothing else, no ads either).

Multi-Cloud Musings

VMware recently held its annual VMworld event, billed as the premier multi-cloud event. You can still catch the best of VMworld session on-demand via: https://www.vmware.com/vmworld/en/video-library/search.html#year=2021 or alternatively, as per usual, VMware's William Lam has kindly provided direct on-demand URLs for all VMworld 2021 Sessions which you can find here: https://williamlam.com/2021/10/direct-on-demand-urls-for-all-vmworld-2021-sessions.html

The ITQ crew also did a great job pre-viewing and reviewing the event on their youtube channel which you can check-out here: https://www.youtube.com/c/ITQConsultancy/videos

I did one myself (shameless plug) as well with Tom Vallons on moving from a cloud-first to a cloud-smart strategy:

Fingers crossed this was the last purely virtual edition, the dates for next year are currently set for August 30th till sept 1st for the US, and November 7th till November 10th 2022.

Talking about events, one of my other favourite ones is Microsoft Iginite which is happening online November 2nd till 4th and will offer the opportunity to explore the latest tools, training sessions, technical expertise, networking opportunities, and more.

Microsoft Ignite
Microsoft Ignite | Microsoft’s annual gathering of technology leaders and practitioners delivered as a digital event experience this November.

MS Ignite in 2019 was the last in-person event I was able to attend, and I'm jonesing to get back on the road, the traditional Universal Studios celebratory event might also have something do with it. 🍩

MS Ignite celebratory event at Universal Studios Florida, Photo by Filip Verloy

I hope you enjoy this 3rd edition of the newsletter and don't hesitate to send me feedback via Twitter (DM's are open) so I can improve things.

Bizz Focus

The Multicloud Conundrum

The Pentagon decided that going with a single cloud vendor wasn’t going to meet its long-term needs. Instead, it announced a new multivendor contract, the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability, which will solicit bids from Microsoft, Amazon and other cloud providers if they can meet the U.S. government’s specifications.

As it turns out, a growing number of companies are also deciding that going with one vendor isn’t the best option for their businesses. Many are creating their own multicloud – and actually, multi-“as a service” – technology stacks, including software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), devices and more.

The Multicloud Conundrum: What’s Best for Your Customer?
Herb Hogue with AppSmart says companies need expert advice and tech-agnostic implementation help move to multicloud and multitechnology solution stacks.

Cloud Choice for Data Sovereignty

One of the questions that needs to be answered when it comes to public cloud computing is sovereignty, in Europe this has been brought into focus more explicitly via the Gaia-X project. In the article below Laurent Allard, Strategic Business Development, VMware points out the impact to local cloud providers of the Gaia-X vision.

VMware : Cloud Choice for Data – better together in a digital sovereign Europe A story of VMware, OVHcloud and Constellation | MarketScreener
Laurent Allard, Strategic Business Development, VMware Emerging from the shadows of the last 18-months has reinforced the notion that we’re ‘better together’.... | October 23, 2021

Business Innovation Across Multiclouds

In this The New Stack Makers podcast, a panel of technology executives discussed the best ways to speed up business innovation in today’s multicloud and multi-infrastructure world. Over a virtual pancake breakfast during VMworld, VMware‘s annual user conference, they also discussed how to deliver apps and services faster to improve the customer experience.

Business Innovation Across Multiclouds - The New Stack
VMworld panel of tech experts discuss the best ways to speed up business innovation in today’s multicloud and multi-infrastructure world — with pancakes!

In a multi-cloud world – complexity is the enemy

Until recently, most teams that were responsible for app dev and IT operations were mono cloud in their orientation to the public cloud.  They were using a single cloud exclusively or almost exclusively to support the applications for which they were responsible.  Today more and more these teams are beginning to look at building and running applications across more than one cloud. This blog on Cloud Tools and Platform Standardization represents part 7 of a multi-part blog series on multi-cloud use maturity.

https://blogs.vmware.com/cloud/2021/10/21/multi-cloud-use-maturity-tools-and-platform-standardization/

Want To Boost Your Digital Business Success? Cut Cloud Complexity

Digital business is booming. Across every industry, companies are innovating ways to use digital channels to better serve their customers, partners, and employees. Powering this wave of innovation is the agility afforded by the cloud.

VMware BrandVoice: Want To Boost Your Digital Business Success? Cut Cloud Complexity
Enterprises are increasingly adopting a multi-cloud model, in which they use two or more public clouds, in addition to any number of private clouds, edge clouds, or telco clouds.

IDG Survey Reveals: When it Comes to Modernization Budgets, IT Is Firmly in Control.

Challenges are inevitable, priorities will evolve, and goals become more complex as firms proceed down the path of application modernization to generate new business value, according to a recent IDG Research study commissioned by VMware.

https://cio.vmware.com/2021/10/idg-survey-it-owns-modernization-budget.html

Accelerate digital transformation with SAP and VMware on Azure

Erin Chapple, Corporate Vice President of Azure core speaks with Julia White, Chief Marketing and Solutions Officer at SAP, and Mark Lohmeyer, Senior Vice President at VMware about the benefits of migrating and extending mission-critical workloads to Azure.

Accelerate digital transformation with SAP and VMware on Azure
Join Erin Chapple, Corporate Vice President of Azure core, each quarter as she dives into the real-world problems facing IT in our new web series, Inside Azure for IT. In this episode, Erin speaks wit

Google Cloud Next - Top 3 reasons why to migrate to VMware Engine

Google Cloud also recently held its event with some emphasis on multi-cloud, Intel presented a session on Migrating to VMware Engine

Multi-Cloud Podcast: State of Market Maturity.

On the most recent VMware Multi-Cloud Podcast, David Gehringer, co-founder of Dimensional Research, which specializes in market research focused on understanding the trends affecting the technology landscape, completed a major research study for VMware that looked at the adoption of app dev and IT operational practices related to multi-cloud maturity.

On the podcast David highlighted customer adoption findings around the eight critical areas of IT practice that correlate strongly with the ability of organizations to be successful in efforts to improve multi-cloud maturity.

Dell-VMware Spin-Off Set For Nov. 1, Stock Dividend Approved

VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram recently told CRN that his company is looking to becoming the “Switzerland” of multi-cloud in the IT industry.

“If you think about multi-cloud, what we really are saying is that we want to be the Switzerland of the industry. So if you want to be the Switzerland of the industry, then you want to be a stand-alone independent company, and that’s where we are headed,” said Raghuram. “It will allow partners that previously were competitors of Dell to now look at VMware with new life and say, ’Hey, we can do strategic things with VMware.’ But at the same time, we have a fantastic relationship with Dell, who we do a tremendous amount of business with. We have certified that into a commercial framework agreement and a technology agreement that allows for continued deepening technology and business collaboration with Dell.”

Raghuram said the spin-off will be a “best-of-both-worlds” situation.

“From a capital structure point of view, the capital structure will obviously be simpler and will allow us to have more flexibility and growth,” Raghuram said.

Dell-VMware Spin-Off Set For Nov. 1, Stock Dividend Approved
Following a special stock dividend approval by Dell Technologies’ board of directors Tuesday, Dell has unveiled a completion date of Nov. 1 to spin-off VMware.

VMworld 2021: VMware CEO fleshes out and refines company’s enterprise multi-cloud strategy

VMware continues to flesh out its multi-cloud proposition, claiming this approach to sourcing off-premise services is on course to become the enterprise market’s preferred way to consume IT services over the next 20 years.

VMworld 2021: VMware CEO fleshes out and refines company’s enterprise multi-cloud strategy
VMware’s new CEO, Raghu Raghuram, uses the VMworld 2021 keynote to set out the company’s expanded take on the meaning of multi-cloud.

Tech Focus

API Security Mesh

One of the tricky things in the world of distributed Kubernetes is securing services and providing data controls.
VMware acquired Mesh7 in March of this year which provides an API security mesh for Kubernetes.

Kit Colbert, VMware CTO calls out the growing importance of Service Meshes (in general) in this excellent first episode of the Unexplored Territory Podcast.

VMware Cloud on AWS Logical Design Poster for Workload Mobility

VMware Cloud on AWS is an integrated hybrid cloud service that enables organizations to migrate or extend their on-premises vSphere environments rapidly. VMware Cloud on AWS includes VMware HCX, a solution that streamlines workload migration across data centers and clouds. There are a variety of connectivity options and migrations methods available with VMware HCX.

The VMware Cloud on AWS Logical Design Poster for Workload Mobility can help organizations determine their best path to start migrating workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS.

https://blogs.vmware.com/cloud/2021/10/13/introducing-vmware-cloud-on-aws-logical-design-poster-for-workload-mobility/

Speaking of workload mobility Google also published a blog on moving your DR to the cloud with Google Cloud VMware Engine.

DR in Google Cloud with VMware Engine, Actifio and Zerto | Google Cloud Blog
There are subtle differences between the ways you protect applications on-premises and in the cloud.

Azure Unblogged - Azure Migrate

In this episode of Azure Unblogged Sarah Lean, former Microsoft Cloud Advocate, now at Octopus Deploy, talks to Bharath Sivaraman, Senior Program Manager on the Azure Migrate team on how Azure Migrate can help companies with their migration projects, whether it involves servers, web apps or databases.

Bharath walks us through demos of the discovery and assessment capabilities of the product as well as showing us how it can help with your Azure VMware Solution (AVS) migration.

Azure Unblogged - Azure Migrate
In this latest episode of Azure Unblogged join Sarah as she talks to Bharath Sivaraman, Senior Program Manager on the Azure Migrate team. In this episode Bharath covers off how Azure Migrate can help

Many 3rd party options exist, including from my previous employer Rubrik, who presented on this during VMworld.

https://www.vmware.com/vmworld/en/video-library/video-landing.html?sessionid=1628106869179001tgJd

Network Underlay Characterization and Performance Outcomes | HCX Tech Paper

The HCX Network Underlay Characterization and Performance Outcomes technical paper provides information to help HCX users understand the relationships between the network underlay and VMware HCX. With HCX performance, various dimensions of environmental and load data need to be considered. One of the dimensions is the network underlay and the HCX performance derived from the underlay capabilities.

HCX Network Underlay Characterization and Performance Outcomes 1.0
The HCX Network Underlay Characterization and Performance Outcomes technical paper provides information to help HCX users understand the relationships between the network underlay and VMware® HCX. With HCX performance, various dimensions of environmental and load data need to be considered. One of t…

Sussex Azure User Group - What's new in Azure VMware Solution (AVS) and Demo

Free training resources

Cloud Camp by VMware, you’ve likely attended a camp to learn something you were interested in, like art, basketball, or band. Many camps also have a related area of focus like coding. Camps provide a way to learn, interact, and gain support based on common interests. VMware recently announced a new kind of camp, Cloud Camp!. It’s meant to get you started and through your cloud journey! Cloud Camp by VMware is available to all and is 100% free!

https://blogs.vmware.com/cloud/2021/09/30/introducing-cloud-camp-by-vmware/

Training more than 40 million new people on Google Cloud skills

Google Cloud to train more than 40 million with cloud skills | Google Cloud Blog
To help more than 40 million people build cloud skills, Google Cloud is offering limited time no-cost access to all training content

Kasten is providing some free Kubernetes Training and the ability to earn some kasten certification in the process, you can access the learning resources below.

Learning.Kasten.io - Free Kubernetes Training
Learn basic or advanced Kubernetes skills at your own pace, in an easy to follow format.

Oracle Offers Free Training and Certification for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Offers Free Training and Certification for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
Global training program helps close skills gap and creates new career opportunities with Oracle’s fast-growing cloud.

Microsoft Learn

Whether you're just starting or an experienced professional, Microsoft Learn's hands-on approach helps you arrive at your goals faster, with more confidence and at your own pace.

Learning and Development Services

AWS Skillbuilder

AWS also providers a bunch of free courses that let you learn on your own time, at your own pace.

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Kube Academy - Learn Kubernetes. From Experts. For Free.

KubeAcademy - Unlock your full potential with Kubernetes courses designed by experts - KubeAcademy
Learn Kubernetes. From Experts. For Free.

Scott Hanselman: Computer Stuff They Didn't Teach You

One of the nicest people in tech and someone I admire greatly is Scott Hanselman, among his many endeavours is a YouTube channel, one of the series he does is called "Computer Stuff They Didn't Teach You", I posted an example for Kubernetes below but you should check out the whole series imho.

In other news

First ever Microsoft Research Summit explores science and technology aimed at big challenges

For 30 years, Microsoft Research has brought together great minds from around the world to take on the biggest research challenges facing society. As we enter our fourth decade, the need for collaborative research—and the opportunities it presents—have never been greater. The event has concluded be you should be able to catch the replays here: https://researchsummit.microsoft.com/tracks

2022 Intricately Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Adoption Report

Intricately data shows that multi-cloud adoption has been steadily increasing across all company sizes since 2016. When strategizing for revenue growth in 2022, cloud providers have an opportunity to align their services with this multi-cloud buying trend. You can find a free copy of the Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Adoption Report below.

2022 Intricately Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Adoption Report
Identify your best prospects with the highest multi-cloud spend potential in the 2022 Intricately Report on Multi-Cloud Adoption.

This Week in Programming: Visual Studio Code Arrives on the Web

Microsoft continued its march toward developer dominance this week with the launch of Visual Studio Code for the Web, a lightweight version of the company’s highly popular (mostly) open source code editor that runs fully in the browser.

This Week in Programming: Visual Studio Code Arrives on the Web - The New Stack
This Week in Programming gathers the hottest development news for the cloud native computing community.

Cloud Operating Model for Dummies e-book

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Download it here: https://www.vmware.com/learn/1096789_REG.html?cid=7012H000001KZb5QAG&src=wb_613a2cf5b43a3

I hope this was fairly useful and wish you a great rest of day, stay safe friends! (Feedback is always more than welcome).

Disclaimer:
Even though I am a VMware employee, this is not an official VMware newsletter, and also the reason I did not name it "VMware Multi-Cloud Newsletter". Any opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

Filip Verloy

Filip Verloy

Field CTO EMEA @ Rubrik Inc.
Belgium