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VMware Unveils vSphere+ and vSAN+ to Simplify Operations

VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ are an integral part of the VMware Cloud strategy.

VMware unveiled VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ to help organizations 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 centralized cloud-based infrastructure management, integrated Kubernetes, access to new hybrid cloud services, and a flexible subscription model.

“VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ represent the next major evolution of those foundational solutions that customers know and trust,” said Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager for VMware Cloud Platform Business, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group, VMware. “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 onpremises 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 modernization 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 modernize existing infrastructure quickly with minimal burden.”

“VMware vSphere+ blurs the line between on-premises and cloud,” said Vishal Gupta, CIO for Lexmark.
“The combination of cloud operating model with familiar toolsets will be a big win for us.”

Simplify Operations with Centralized Infrastructure Management
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.

Accelerate Developer Velocity with Integrated Kubernetes
Developer teams are focused on modernizing 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 eready 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.

Extend On-Premises with Seamless Hybrid Cloud Services
Modern organizations 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.

Simplified Consumption via a Flexible Subscription Model
With vSphere+ and vSAN+, organizations will be able to adopt a subscription-based consumption model for their on-premises deployments. Customers will further benefit from a single SKU that includes all necessary components (including VMware vCenter, VMware ESXi, Tanzu Standard Runtime, and Tanzu Mission Control Essentials), and support.

vSphere+ and vSAN+ are both new offerings and are expected to be available by the end of VMware’s FY23 Q2 (July 29, 2022). Tanzu Mission Control Essentials is a component of vSphere+ and is expected to be available in VMware’s FY23 Q3.
Read what partners have to say about vSphere+ and vSAN+
Additional Resources
● View the Launch Virtual Briefing
● VMware vSphere+: The Essential Overview Blog
● Read the Announcing vSAN+ blog post
● Learn more and try VMware vSphere+
● Learn more about VMware vSAN+
● Connect with VMware on Twitter and Facebook

VMware Partner Ecosystem Supports Launch of VMware vSphere+ and vSAN+
Over the past decade, the successful adoption of VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN was driven in no small measure by a robust and thriving global partner ecosystem. These foundational technologies have been built into the fabric of our partners’ technology solutions to transform how IT operates and deliver business value to enterprises large and small. In the new era of multi-cloud, today’s launch of vSphere+ and vSAN+ will deliver the benefits of the cloud to onpremises workloads.

Read what VMware partners are saying about how vSphere+ and vSAN+ are expected to deliver highvalue
cloud services for IT admins and developers to easily build, run, manage, and better secure today’s mission critical and tomorrow’s next-generation applications.

AMD
“3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors are the ideal choice for virtualized environments powered by VMware
vSphere, providing the high core density needed to deliver the impressive performance, modern security
features, optimal TCO and sustainability our joint customer’s demand,” said Kumaran Siva, Corporate
Vice President, Software & Systems Business Development, AMD. “The latest VMWare vSphere+
offering leverages the exceptional per-core performance of AMD EPYC processors, enabling the
consolidation of customer infrastructure and workloads.”

Dell Technologies
“As organizations’ on-premises and cloud infrastructure needs evolve, they can accelerate innovation by
focusing on improving system efficiency and maintenance, among other areas,” said Rajesh Pohani, Dell
Technologies, Vice President of PowerEdge and Core Compute. “Solutions such as VMware vSphere+
and vSAN+ can help streamline on-premises workloads and centralized governance, simplifying
processes for IT administrators and developers.”

Insight Enterprises
“VMware vSphere+ changes the game for IT admins. It gives them a cloud-delivered single pane of glass
to manage across their entire distributed vSphere estate — not to mention the benefits of a cloud financial
and operating model across any environment,” said Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect and Distinguished
Engineer at Insight. “Additionally, developer services that speed time to value are incredibly important to
our clients and something that’s built into vSphere+. With a common set of APIs that developers can learn
once and deploy—regardless of where an app or service will be located—businesses are able to innovate
faster.”

Intel
“Since the first days of virtualization technology, Intel and VMware have been collaborating to disrupt the
IT industry, opening new possibilities for increased efficiency and value to our mutual customers,” said
Das Kamhout, Vice President & CTO, Intel Cloud and Enterprise Software. “Together we have introduced
innovative capabilities for IT operators and developers that transformed on-premises infrastructure. The
next leap forward is now here with the vSphere+ and vSAN+ platform that simplifies the complexity of
cloud services and provides flexibility to run your workloads and data where you want. Choice,
performance, reliability, and security with the well-established, trusted combination of Intel and VMware.”
VMware Confidential – DO NOT DISTRIBUTE

Lenovo
“For most enterprises today, vSphere is the de facto on-premises workload platform of choice to support
their enterprise applications,” said Brian Connors, VP & GM, Software and Business Development,
Lenovo. “Our customers are transitioning the deployment of software licenses from a perpetual license
model to a subscription and SaaS model, so we’re excited to see VMware provide the flexibility in
licensing and deployment options of vSphere+ and vSAN+. Combining these new capabilities with
Lenovo ThinkAgile VX and TruScale as-a-Service capabilities is a great opportunity for our mutual
customers to modernize their environments, accelerate developer innovation, and improve overall IT
efficiency and security.”

NVIDIA
“Making AI accessible to all industries requires the ability to run NVIDIA AI software and infrastructure for
developers in a way that’s easy for IT to manage,” said Justin Boitano, vice president of Enterprise and
Edge Computing at NVIDIA. “VMware vSphere+ introduces enhanced multi-cloud support for flexible,
modern computing to advance the work of the customers that NVIDIA serves with VMware and our
partner ecosystem.”

Project Arctic Launch Spokesperson FAQs

Q. What are you announcing today?
A. VMware today introduced VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ to help organizations bring the
benefits of the cloud to their existing on-premises infrastructure with no disruption to their workloads or
hosts. VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ represent the next major evolution of those foundational
solutions that customers know and trust. These new offerings result from the technology preview known
as Project Arctic.

Q. What is Project Arctic? How will customers benefit from vSphere+ and vSAN+?
A. Project Arctic is a program that was announced as a technology preview at VMworld 2021. The
purpose of Project Arctic is to transform organizations’ on-premises infrastructure with SaaS and cloud
benefits by delivering new offerings — vSphere+ and vSAN+ — that provide centralized infrastructure
management, add-on services, and flexible subscription models. This enables customers to enhance their
infrastructure by providing centralized cloud-based infrastructure management, integrated Kubernetes,
access to new hybrid cloud services, and a flexible subscription model.

Q. How will customers benefit from centralized infrastructure management capabilities?
A. To help simplify operations and supercharge productivity, vSphere+ and vSAN+ will provide a unified
infrastructure management experience for distributed environments (such as siloed locations, edge sites,
and clouds) via the VMware Cloud Console. The Cloud Console features global inventory, configuration,
alerts, administration and security status for on-premises deployments. Admins will be able to perform
certain operational tasks from the Cloud Console such as managing configurations and policies across
their deployments. Additionally, customers will benefit from a vastly simplified vCenter lifecycle
management experience through cloud-enabled automation of updates of on-premises infrastructure
components.

Q. How will customers accelerate developer velocity with integrated Kubernetes?
A. By 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.

Q. How will customers benefit from cloud connectivity capabilities?
A. With vSphere+ and vSAN+, customers will continue to use their existing toolsets and domain
expertise, while benefiting from the expanded cloud capabilities of VMware Cloud. Specifically, 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.

Q. Over time, how will vSphere+ and vSAN+ help customers seeking to move to the cloud?
A. These offerings establish a foundation that will enable vSphere+ and vSAN+ customers to provide
connectivity into VMware Cloud for centralized management and advanced cloud services providing a
streamlined path to cloud.

Q. How will customers benefit from a flexible subscription model?
A. With vSphere+ and vSAN+, organizations will be able to adopt a subscription-based consumption
model for their on-premises deployments.

Q. How does this news fit within the overall VMware Cloud strategy?
A. 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.
VMware Confidential – DO NOT DISTRIBUTE

Q. What’s the pricing for the new offerings?
A. We’ll provide pricing details at general availability.

Q. When will these offerings be available?
A. Both vSphere+ and vSAN+ are expected to be available by the end of VMware’s Q2 FY23 (July 29,
2022). Tanzu Mission Control Essentials is a component of vSphere+ and is expected to be available in
VMware’s FY23 Q3.

Q. What packaging details can you share about vSphere+ and vSAN+ at this time?
A. We will offer single SKUs for customers to purchase that include all necessary components (VMware
vCenter, VMware ESXi, Tanzu Standard Runtime, and Tanzu Mission Control Essentials) and support.

Q. Will vSphere+ and vSAN+ be available within VMware Cloud Foundation?
A. We are not announcing changes to VMware Cloud Foundation SKUs at this time.

Q. Will VMware’s partners / resellers be able to sell vSphere+ and vSAN+ at availability?
A. Yes, VMware channel partners will be able to sell vSphere+ and vSAN+ at availability. VMware
vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ are not available through OEMs at this time.

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