Like most, if not all, companies at the moment, VMware is hosting its annual VMworld 2020 conference virtually, with the theme for this year’s event being “digital foundation for an unpredictable world”.

As such, many of the announcements that VMware has made so far this week have centred around flexibility, agility and choice for customers. One of the biggest announcements is Project Monterey, which VMware is billing as a platform to redefine hybrid cloud architecture given its focus on hardware.

Much of this focus is driven by Project Pacific, which VMware announced last year, opening up new requirements as far as modern applications were concerned.

As such Project Monterey will now look at hybrid cloud architecture to effectively meet said new requirements as part of the re-architecture of the VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF).

“It leverages a new hardware technology called SmartNIC to deliver maximum performance, zero-trust security, and simplified operations to VCF deployments. More amazingly, by leveraging SmartNIC, Project Monterey extends VCF to support bare metal operating systems and applications,” a VMware blog post explains.

“And of course, it delivers this across all the locations VCF runs today – data center, edge, and cloud – reducing TCO across the board.  In order to realize Project Monterey, we are partnering with a broad set of SmartNIC vendors and server OEMs to deliver an integrated solution to customers,” it adds.

For customers, Project Monterey will boil down to three specific advantages, according to VMware:

  • Peak performance: by offloading network processing to SmartNIC, we can improve network bandwidth and reduce latency and free up core CPU cycles for top application performance.
  • Unified, consistent operations: consistent operations across all apps – including those on bare metal OSes! This includes dramatically simplified lifecycle management across VCF deployments. All of which is designed to dramatically reduce OpEx.
  • Zero-trust security model: by offloading network security functions to SmartNIC, we can provide comprehensive application security capabilities without compromising application performance.”

VMware is not wasting any time when it comes to making this new platform available to customers, having already spoken to a few in the industry already about where Project Monterey would be best served moving forward.

“Customers have told us clearly that they’re looking to implement these use cases across their hybrid cloud – data center, telco clouds, and edge. Because VCF already runs in all these locations, expanding VCF with Project Monterey enables all these locations to take advantage of all these benefits,” says the company.

“We’re excited about Project Monterey and the foundational improvements it can provide to your hybrid cloud architecture,” it concludes.

If local firms are interested in what Monterey has to offer, they are advised to speak to their VMware specialist, as well as getting familiar with VMware Cloud Foundation.