VMware and AWS launch VMware Cloud on AWS hybrid service

VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), have announced availability of VMware Cloud on AWS. The integrated hybrid offering, the outcome of a strategic alliance VMware and AWS announced in October 2016, will provide VMware's software-defined data center (SDDC) to the AWS Cloud. Customers will be able to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to AWS services, the companies say.

VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), have announced availability of VMware Cloudon AWS. The integrated hybrid offering, the outcome of a strategic alliance VMware and AWS announced in October 2016, will provide VMware's software-defined data center (SDDC) to the AWS Cloud. Customers will be able to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to AWS services, the companies say.

VMware will deliver, sell, and support the service, which the companies assert will provide:

  • enterprise capabilities of VMware SDDC with the functionality of AWS's public cloud
  • identical skills, tools, and processes for managing private and public cloud environments for consistent operation and enhanced productivity
  • seamless, bi-directional workload portability between private and public clouds
  • location options for running applications based on business needs, while accessing a range of AWS services and infrastructure elasticity for VMware SDDC environments
  • rapid time to value with the ability to scale host capacity up or down in a few minutes and turn up an entire VMware SDDC in a few hours
  • the ability to run, manage, and secure applications in a hybrid IT environment, rather than purchase custom hardware, rewrite applications, or modify operating models.

The partners point out that customers across industries are accelerating adoption of AWS Cloud and VMware infrastructure, and demand seamless integration of their on-premises data center environments with AWS using current tools and skillsets within a common operating environment based on existing VMware software.

"VMware and AWS are empowering enterprise IT and operations teams to add value to their businesses through the combination of VMware enterprise capabilities and the breadth and depth of capabilities and scale of the AWS Cloud, providing them a platform for any application," said Pat Gelsinger, VMware chief executive officer. "VMware Cloud on AWS gives customers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud that delivers the same architecture, capabilities, and operational experience across both their vSphere-based on-premises environment and AWS."

VMware Cloud on AWS can deliver a hybrid cloud that expands on-premises vSphere environments to a VMware SDDC running on AWS elastic, bare-metal infrastructure, VMware says. VMware Cloud Foundation, the unified SDDC platform that integrates vSphere, VMware VSAN, and VMware NSX virtualization technologies with VMware vCenter management, powers VMware Cloud on AWS.

The VMware Cloud on AWS will enable customers to migrate applications to the public cloud, create new applications, expand the data centers capacity for existing applications, or provision development and test environments, say the two companies. The VMware Cloud will support containerized workloads and DevOps services, including Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

VMware and AWS plan to work together toward developing new capabilities and additional AWS regions, allowing customers to use VMware Cloud on AWS for disaster recovery, data center consolidation, and geographic expansion. VMware will make the service available in the AWS US West (Oregon) region initially, with availability expanding to AWS regions worldwide in 2018.

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