Increasing data sovereignty, access to information, controls, and geopolitical disputes are leading governments and regulators to better analyze their cloud strategies and assess who can access their information.
The VMware Sovereign Cloud Initiative helps clients identify and collaborate with national and regional trusted cloud service providers. Today, VMware is announcing new capabilities focused on new partners and new cloud developers that will add more value to the VMware Cloud provider’s offerings.
The latest partners of VMware Sovereign Cloud are IONOS SE, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Sopra Steria AS and TDRA. It brought a total of 14 participants to the VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative in autonomous regions covering Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, India and the United States.
Rajeev Bhardwaj, vice president of product management for Cloud Infrastructure and Business Group at VMware, said: “We are delighted to welcome new partners to our full-fledged cloud initiative and to see existing partners meet the requirements of a full-fledged cloud for users around the world.” “Tanzu’s new data service will allow all of our VMware Cloud Provider partners, especially cloud-based full-fledged partners, to expand their data and application conversion packages and accelerate cloud usage. This will allow clients to remain under the control of the sovereign region and the authorities, as well as to implement the latest changes on a large scale. “
Users around the world have access to a full-fledged cloud built into VMware
VMware Cloud providers offer Sovereign Cloud solutions for users in regulated sectors such as banking, finance, healthcare, local retail, e-commerce, energy, government services, defense, intelligence, regional communications and the public sector.
Hummingbird is an Australian information technology service provider that provides a wide range of business development services to the government and the private sector, and works with AUCloud as an independent cloud service provider. Andrew Tomlinson-Munn, Solution Architect at Hummingbird Solutions, said, “In order to provide digital and managed service solutions across a wide range of industries, we need to address the ever-evolving challenges of data protection, access and governance.”
“Hummingbird Solutions has chosen to partner with AUCloud as an IaaS provider for its ability to deliver hosting solutions on an approved platform with VMware, and its ability to provide cloud solutions that meet our user’s internal and regulatory requirements. Partnering with AUCloud as part of the VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative gives Hummingbird the support of the best infrastructure solutions and the confidence to have the skills and experience to complement their solutions. ”
Nimble, Canada’s leading supplier of document imaging products, services and solutions, has partnered with ThinkOn to meet the company’s cloud sovereignty requirements. “The success of a digital mail room or document digitalization solution depends on the accuracy, security, and accessibility of digital documents,” said Daryl Stott, vice president of digital conversions at Nimble Information Strategies Inc. Although highly accurate, the authority, control, and access to this information must be at the federal and state borders in order to fulfill Nimble Information Strategies’ customer residency obligations. Nimble works with ThinkOn to align our information residency and security business needs with the strict requirements and expectations of our customers’ information integrity. “
Geoff Smith Associates (GSA) is a leading provider of cloud-based information technology solutions for information management, confidentiality systems, criminal justice and case management. “In order to work extensively with the UK public sector, the GSA needs to work within clear guidelines for cloud security and data privacy,” said Geoff Smith, chief executive of Geoff Smith Associates. “GSA’s ability to offer SaaS on UKCloud’s full-fledged cloud technology has helped change the information management of many UK Police clients. With the full CycFreedom cloud solution hosted on GSA’s UKCloud, we provide our customers with a fast, efficient and cost-effective solution to manage information more reliably and consistently. “
A ready-made cloud service for new developers supported by VMware Tanzu
With VMware, cloud service providers can extend their services beyond their core infrastructure and platform and offer cloud-based workload management software upgrades. Cloud service providers can offer a ready-made cloud for developers that fully manages the client premises; placed a private cloud in the partner information center; or a leading hyperscaler cloud-managed service. VMware now offers the VMware Tanzu Application Platform and the VMware Tanzu Data Services package to cloud service partners to expand their ready-made cloud services to developers.
The Tanzu Application Platform provides a wealth of developer tools that allow developers to quickly and securely build and deploy software on any compatible public cloud or Kubernetes clusters on the ground. Developers can quickly get started using preset templates, access the best tools in the application development line, and create and maintain a more reliable, stable, and reusable path to modern applications throughout their lives. Most importantly, users can create a clear separation between developers and operations in order to continuously move software from development to production.
Tanzu Data Services is a package of cache, messaging, and database software needed by development teams to build modern cloud applications. With Tanzu Data Services, which includes Greenplum, SQL, Gemfire, and RabbitMQ, developers can access these important information services as they see fit. Automated supplies support the rapid development, testing, and continuous delivery of developer experiences within Sovereign Clouds. Customers can integrate older data into the cloud model and make data services more secure across the web.
Data protection and security proposals for ecosystem partners
VMware’s large technology ecosystem helps independent cloud service providers have a tremendous range of solutions to enhance the products they offer. VMware is working to provide new features within this connected ecosystem:
Integrated Storage of Self-Service Objects: A full-fledged cloud requires the ability to store local Objects to meet the information needs that are the mainstay of a full-fledged cloud. Cloudian provides integrated object storage services that are innovative in growing national data sizes and application applications.
Ransomware protection, backup and recovery: Data protection is another important aspect of Sovereign Cloud, because all applications and workloads can be the target of cybercrime. Veeam and Cloudian’s ransomware protection uses a full-fledged environment, immutable storage libraries to help protect and encrypt nationally important data, and the ability to quickly restore workloads.
Key Management Services: A full-fledged cloud environment requires the highest level of protection with basic encryption and key management requirements. Fortanix provides an integrated information security platform that allows VMware Cloud service providers to better control their security-sensitive workload, simplifying key partnership services through encryption, tokenization, and privacy management. In addition, Fortanix gives VMware Sovereign Cloud users full control and ownership of the keys within the VMware Sovereign Cloud. The Fortanix DSM complements this with FIPS 140-2 level 3 certified hardware security modules and key management with regional level isolation, allowing full compliance with specific information security / transition regulations such as Shrems II and GDPR.
Through VMware Cloud Director, VMware Cloud providers can easily integrate services using ecosystem partners, creating a robust platform that meets many of the principles of Sovereign Cloud.