Announced in technology preview at VMware Explore US, VMware’s Project Northstar aims to accelerate the enterprise application and cloud journey by simplifying how networking and security services are consumed in a multi-cloud world. Project Northstar delivers multi-cloud networking, security, workload mobility, and end-to-end threat detection and response from a centralized management console that helps customers achieve consistent policy, automation, and simplified software-as-a-service (SaaS) consumption across private and public clouds. Today, VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) unveiled VMware HCX+ and enhancements to the VMware NSX ALB PULSE Cloud Service to help enterprises embrace the cloud operating model with centralized management, orchestration, and review film observability across their cloud networking infrastructure.
“As enterprises move to a multi-cloud world, they must reevaluate how they connect, secure, and manage applications and workloads distributed across private and public cloud environments. Traditional network architecture and tools have not kept pace with the enterprise’s cloud transformation, leading to complexity and operational challenges in managing multi-cloud infrastructure,” said Umesh Mahajan, senior vice president and general manager for VMware’s Networking and Security business unit. “By enabling consistent policy, operations, and automation across multiple cloud environments, Project Northstar represents the future of cloud-smart networking and security services delivered via a flexible subscription model.”
VMware HCX+ aims to be a fully managed workload migration and mobility as-a-service that will provide centralized management, orchestration, and observability for workload migration, repatriation, and rebalancing initiatives across multi-cloud environments. With HCX+, customers will benefit from a dashboard view of their multi-site connectivity and migration activities, helping them accelerate their large-scale workload migration projects seamlessly, securely, and with minimal downtime.
“VMware HCX+ will give us the ability to accelerate and execute large, multi-cloud migration projects with ease. With HCX we can centrally manage workload mobility across our multiple sites with a high degree of operational efficiency,” said Brian Gay, IT systems engineer at Health New England. “We worked with the VMware HCX team during the early stages of the product and provided feedback. We are excited about the success of HCX+ and are eager to see what more it can enable for us.”