Understand Cloud Application Characteristics Through VMware Aria

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  September 13, 2022

As organizations deliver more applications across public clouds and at the edge, they face inherent challenges. The process is a complex one and businesses (and IT teams, specifically) have to control costs, ensure performance and manage consistent security policies across diverse environments.

“Managing overall cloud spend, resource utilization and application performance, security and compliance across different clouds can be increasingly difficult, and consequently, can lead to overspending, inefficiencies and increased risk,” said Purnima Padmanabhan, senior vice president and general manager, cloud management, VMware.

Developers need to understand the full characteristics of the application they are building. To help developers gain that understanding, VMware unveiled VMware Aria (News - Alert), a multi-cloud management portfolio that provides a set of end-to-end solutions for managing the cost, performance, configuration and delivery of infrastructure and cloud-native applications.

VMware Aria features new and expanded capabilities for cloud native and multi-cloud management across VMware Aria Cost powered by CloudHealth, VMware Aria Operations and VMware Aria Automation. Anchored by VMware Aria Hub, VMware Aria provides centralized views and controls to manage the multi-cloud environment. VMware Aria also leverages VMware Aria Graph to provide a common definition of applications, resources, roles and accounts.

Aria Graph is a graph-based data store technology that captures the complexity of customers’ multi-cloud environments. Key capabilities of Aria Graph include high scalability, federated and modular architecture that enables aggregation of data from any source and unified GraphQL API that simplifies consumption by developers and ops teams.

VMware Aria’s graph data store and API services enable it to integrate with third-party solutions such as observability and application performance management tools. Data collected and normalized from native public clouds, on-prem clouds, VMware tools and third-party tools within Aria Graph enriches operations, automation and cost metrics in customers’ existing VMware vRealize, CloudHealth by VMware and VMware Tanzu Observability products.

This brings application-aware management to private/hybrid clouds in addition to native public clouds.

“VMware Aria's API-first approach enables developers to pull relevant, correlated data from any source for quicker application analysis and debugging, while providing complete visibility into the cost, performance and configuration of applications and workloads across cloud environments,” said Padmanabhan.

Additionally, VMware revealed three end-to-end management services built on top of VMware Aria Hub and VMware Aria Graph: VMware Aria Guardrails, VMware Aria Migration and VMware Aria Business Insights.

VMware Aria Guardrails automates enforcement of cloud guardrails for networking, security, cost, performance and configuration at scale for multi-cloud environments with an everything-as-code approach.

VMware Aria Migration accelerates and simplifies the multi-cloud migration journey by automating assessment, planning and execution in conjunction with VMware HCX. VMware Aria Business Insights discerns relevant business insights from full-stack event correlation leveraging AI/ML analytics.

The VMware Aria suite representing a new, single cloud management offering, will bring cloud management to a new, simpler reality, allowing more businesses to truly benefit from their cloud investments.

Edited by Erik Linask
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