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VMware vCloud Hybrid Service: Now Available to All U.S. Customers

By: Bill Fathers

It is day one of my first VMworld and we are starting out with some exciting news for Hybrid Cloud! This morning during Pat Gelsinger’s keynote, we announced vCloud Hybrid Service is now generally available to all VMware clients in the U.S., giving them access to an easy, fast path to achieve the agility and efficiency of the public cloud.

Back in May when I first introduced you to the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, I said we were doubling down on our strategy to accelerate the adoption of public cloud. Today we are delivering on that promise.

I am pleased to announce that we are rapidly expanding service capacity with new, state-of-the-art, data centers in Santa Clara, Calif. and Sterling, Va., coming online in September. These sites will complement our existing data center in Las Vegas, Nev and provide our U.S. clients with ready access to a VMware public cloud without compromise.

We are not stopping there. For the past several months we have been taking the feedback from our early access customers and working on a series of enhancements.  So, today we are also announcing new capabilities and solutions, including:

  • Direct Connect: Will allow clients to connect their data center network directly to vCloud Hybrid Service over private dedicated networks, providing secure, consistent, high bandwidth connectivity.
  • Disaster Recovery as a Service: Will automatically replicate applications and data to vCloud Hybrid Service, providing rapid automated recovery in the event of an outage. Clients can securely and automatically protect their applications with vCloud Hybrid Service for a fraction of the cost of building out additional physical data center capacity.
  • Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service: Will provide full support for the open source Cloud Foundry distribution and Pivotal CF. Cloud Foundry allows customers to avoid the complexity of re-architecting applications to make them run well on public clouds, and avoids lock-in to proprietary cloud APIs.
  • Horizon View Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS): Clients will be able to run Horizon View Desktops on vCloud Hybrid Service, and rapidly deploy new desktops without the expense and effort of procuring and managing physical hardware.

Extending vCloud Hybrid Service with New Partnerships

Today, we also announced a partnership with a company I am quite familiar with. VMware has had a longstanding relationship with Savvis, and today we are extremely excited to extend our work together to launch vCloud Hybrid Service in multiple Savvis data centers in North America in 2013 and 2014. This partnership will help clients embrace vCloud Hybrid Service, and gain access to complementary network, colocation, hosting and managed services from Savvis to accelerate their move to cloud.

Our ecosystem also plays a major role here. We bring VMware vCloud Service to market with the support of our world-class ecosystem. During the Early Access Program, we worked closely with five of our strategic channel partners, including CDW, SHI, Presidio, ePlus and Insight, to embrace and deploy vCloud Hybrid Service. Today, dozens of partners are coming on board as vCloud Hybrid Service resellers.

So an exciting day indeed…

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