After inking a deal with computing giant IBM in February this year, US-based virtual infrastructure firm, VMware, has now partnered with one of the world’s largest public cloud providers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer an integrated hybrid cloud services.
Named as ‘VMware Cloud on AWS’, this partnership enables VMware to run all of its infrastructure software like vSphere, VSAN and NSX on AWS public cloud.
Basically, most enterprises in the world run their some applications on their premise (private cloud) and some in public cloud. For example many customers rely on VMware to run applications in their vSphere-based private clouds, and often these same customers are also running applications on AWS public cloud. Now, these customers from both the companies have to shuffle between on-premise and cloud applications. So they always look for solutions that can make it easier to run their existing on-premises environments alongside AWS public cloud environment. Now this partnership between VMware and AWS will enable this, claims both the companies.
“Our customers continue to ask us to make it easier for them to run their existing data center investments alongside AWS,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS in a statement. “Most enterprises are already virtualized using VMware, and now with VMware Cloud on AWS, for the first time, it will be easy for customers to operate a consistent and seamless hybrid IT environment using their existing VMware tools on AWS, and without having to purchase custom hardware, rewrite their applications, or modify their operating model.”
VMware stated that VMware Cloud on AWS is a jointly architected solution that will integrates VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and NSX virtualization technologies, and will provide access to the full range of AWS services, together with the functionality, elasticity, and security customers have come to expect from the AWS Cloud.
“VMware Cloud on AWS offers our customers the best of both worlds,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware. “This new service will make it easier for customers to preserve their investment in existing applications and processes while taking advantage of the global footprint, advanced capabilities, and scale of the AWS public cloud.”
Customers will have the ability to purchase services through their existing VMware commercial agreement. The service is currently in its technology preview phase and an invite-only beta will start in early 2017 and the service will likely come out of beta in mid-2017. Pricing will be made available closer to the general availability date, stated VMware.