Expedient Attends re:Invent 2019

December 09, 2019 4 min Read

More than 60,000 technology professionals descended upon 6 convention centers in Las Vegas for this year’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference to connect with peers and cloud experts, share knowledge, and learn best practices.

Central Registration at AWS re:Invent 2019.

Several team members from Expedient attended the week-long event to meet with partners and clients. We participated in a variety of educational events including keynotes, summits, sessions, hands-on labs, and vendor exhibits. The Expedient team regularly attends conferences in order to remain current with the role new technologies play in our pursuit of client business outcomes.

Each year at re:Invent, AWS announces new services. This year these services were focused on databases, compute performance, machine learning, analytics, security/identity, machine learning, and even quantum technology to help software engineers creating new applications, or re-platforming existing ones, through abstraction of the underlying services. A detailed inventory of all of this year’s announcements is available on their blog.

VMware @ AWS re:Invent

As VMware’s Americas Cloud Partner of the Year, the Expedient team was eager to learn about the new developments with VMware Cloud on AWS, and VMware Tanzu Mission Control – a new product from VMware that enables consistent cloud native operations everywhere with container orchestration.

VMware Tanzu is an application programming interface (API) that establishes policies for clusters to enable developer freedom. It offers a software as a service (SaaS) control plane to integrate securely with Kubernetes clusters through an agent that manages the functions needed to deploy, upgrade, and scale clusters. In the future, VMware says that it will be possible to attach multiple clusters for centralized management wherever they’re deployed. Tanzu is a platform that brings consistency to what might otherwise be a fragmented multi-cloud future.

Expedient Enterprise Cloud already offers Container Service Extension (CSE) to enable DevOps alongside existing virtual machine environments. CSE facilitates cluster deployment and automation. Learn more about deploying Kubernetes clusters alongside virtual machines in Expedient Enterprise Cloud.

The cloud native approach to software development is being adopted by developers and operators alike on a variety of infrastructure, including Expedient Enterprise Cloud. As software moves from monolith to microservice architecture, the concepts of continuous integration and development, application programming interface (API) interaction, automation, and policy-driven resource availability enable greater efficiency, performance, and resiliency.

The VMware booth at AWS re:Invent 2019 featuring VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Tanzu.

Expedient Solutions

Expedient offers solutions that complement clients using hyperscale application clouds including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud:

  • Expedient Multi-Cloud Connection – dedicated connectivity to enable communication for hybrid workload use cases among Expedient and other clouds
  • Expedient Enterprise Cloud – a scalable, VMware software defined data center (SDDC) with operational consistency to on premises workloads hosted at Expedient, including Kubernetes support
  • VMware Cloud on AWS – a scalable, VMware software-defined data center (SDDC) with operational consistency to on premises workloads hosted on AWS
  • Expedient Cloud Storage – solutions for data availability encompassing object, file, and data protection that are accessible across clouds

Expedient also offers a variety of managed security and data protection solutions. Technologies such as containers, encryption of data at rest, virtual security appliances, disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), and more, offer clients the business agility to match workloads to the right infrastructure. And, with data centers connected to the AWS east region, Expedient can host physical infrastructure, that cannot yet be virtualized, because it requires low latency connectivity to hyperscale destinations. Organizations already using AWS can find our Expedient Hybrid Cloud Colocation solution in the AWS Marketplace.

The virtues of a cloud native approach to software that’s delivered at the scale and hosted in such a way to support key workload attributes such as cost, performance, and data regulation were promoted at AWS re:Invent 2019. At Expedient, our own team has embraced the principles of cloud native development, including continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) to automate deployment and testing of applications in Expedient Enterprise Cloud.

As Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Rosenson is responsible for overseeing organizational functions that drive growth at Expedient. Jon additionally acts as an external spokesperson conveying the Expedient story. Follow him on Twitter.

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