At the VMware Explore 2022 conference today, VMware launched a portfolio of multi-cloud management tools, dubbed VMware Aria, based on a graph-based data store that captures the resources spanning multiple clouds and their relationship to one another.
Accessed via a VMware Aria Hub platform previously known as Project Ensemble, VMware Aria Graph provides a common definition of applications, resources, roles and accounts in near-real-time across a multi-cloud environment that can consist of millions of nodes.
VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram told conference attendees the Aria Graph is at the core of an effort to enable IT organizations to move beyond “cloud chaos” to embrace a next-generation “cloud smart” approach to managing distributed computing environments that span multiple platforms.
Based on an event-driven platform, the VMware Aria Graph aggregates data pulled from public application programming interfaces (APIs) into a data store residing on that cloud. The data store is based on a federated model so there is no need to move data into a central repository. Instead, VMware is making use of GraphQL to launch queries across a federated data model. In addition, IT teams can discover dependencies and analyze historical configuration data to discover the root cause of any issue. All operational data is now aggregated in a way that creates a single source of truth.
VMware has also provided a set of API services that can be used to integrate the Aria Graph data store with third-party platforms.
In general, the company is committed to accelerating “the great replatforming” of IT environments spurred by digital business transformation initiatives, said Raghuram. The challenges IT organizations are encountering are roadblocks that involve everything from a lack of skills, the weight of existing enterprise applications and fragmented operations and cybersecurity models, he noted.
The VMware Aria graph data store will enable the company to automate a wide range of management tasks, Raghuram said. That includes using the right cloud for the right application and governing and accessing them at the lowest cost possible, added Raghuram. The ultimate goal is to enable a unified developer experience that provides a frictionless multi-cloud experience across a consistent set of enterprise infrastructure, he said.
VMware offerings that leverage the VMware Aria Graph include VMware Aria Guardrails for enforcing IT policies, a VMware Aria Migration tool for automating assessment, planning and execution using the VMware HCX platform and a VMware Aria Business Insights tool that surfaces business insights using machine learning algorithms. The rest of the VMware Aria portfolio is anchored around extensions to existing platforms in the form of VMware Aria Cost powered by CloudHealth, VMware Aria Operations and VMware Aria Automation.
VMware also announced today that its existing VMware Cross-Cloud Service offering for deploying its stack of software across multiple clouds has been extended to add support for the Microsoft Azure cloud.
Overall, VMware claims there are now five million developers in its ecosystem that collectively launch 350,000 projects every week. That equates to roughly 35 new applications a minute, according to Raghuram. All told, VMware claims there are 85 million workloads running globally on its platform.
The bulk of those workloads today still run in on-premises IT environments. In fact, Raghuram noted that cloud platforms still only account for $413 billion in IT spending each year, which is only 10% of the total IT spending that reaches $4.4 trillion each year.
VMware, which is expecting to complete its acquisition by Broadcom in the next few months, is betting that as more of those workloads move to the cloud, the need to centrally manage heterogenous IT environments will play to its strengths.