Virtualisation market leader VMware has announced a strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services to complete the package of private, hybrid and public cloud offerings. Amazon lead the way in a cloud infrastructure services market worth around $28 billion a year (Business Cloud News 29/04/2016). While they have already attracted the likes of the CIA, Financial Times, Netflix, Nike, amongst other big names, the partnership with VMware is hoped to unlock a further potential enterprise customer base.
VMware Cloud on AWS allows customers to run any application on demand in a consistent hybrid cloud environment using VMware’s Software Defined Datacentre software stack; integrating capabilities of vSphere, vSAN and NSX with AWS infrastructure. While the platform is currently in technical preview general availability is expected by mid-2017. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger describes the new cross cloud architecture as ‘the worlds most complete and capable architecture for the hybrid cloud’ which ‘builds on VMware’s leading hybrid and private cloud capabilities’ offering customers ‘the ability to run, manage, connect, and secure applications across devices in a common operating environment’.
The key features are:
- Scale up and down on demand to suit your needs, license on demand or subscription services.
- Service orientated model; infrastructure components are operated and maintained by VMware, no more patching, fixes, or upgrades which frees up your ICT team for other projects.
- A common operating environment across onsite and cloud services gives workloads full portability.
- Single pane of glass management throughout private, hybrid, and public cloud. Utilises existing management tools with the ability to elastically scale AWS resources in vCenter, compatible with existing VMware and third party tools.
- Virtual machines have seamless local access to further advanced AWS services.
- Enterprise class performance, reliability, availability, and security with best-in-class technologies.
For further information see the VMware Cloud on AWS cloud services page.