In DevOps news this week, Dell confirms rumors that it may spin-off VMware. In a press release statement, Dell said it is exploring a potential spin-off of its 81% equity ownership interest in the company. It was careful to note that any potential spin-off would not happen before September 2021. Further, Dell expects any agreement would include a continuation of the existing mutually beneficial commercial arrangements like go-to-market, services, research and development, and intellectual property agreements.
Amidst this news, VMware and AWS unveil new VMware Cloud on AWS features. Specifically, the two unveil i3en.metal, a new bare-metal instance type for VMware Cloud on AWS clusters that is designed for data-intensive workloads that require high random I/O access. The two also announced that the new 2-host cluster capability for VMware Cloud on AWS is available with Amazon’s EC2 i3.metal instance type. Other news includes VMware Cloud on AWS support for AWS Partition Placement Groups, VMware Site Recovery enhancements, new VMware operations product capabilities and more.