Media Alert: VMware Cloud on AWS Expands to Canada


TORONTO – March 19, 2019 – Today, VMware announced VMware Cloud on AWS is now available in the AWS Canada (Central) region.


VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware’s enterprise class Software-Defined Data Center to the AWS Cloud, and enables customers to run production applications across VMware vSphere-based private, public and hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to AWS services and robust disaster protection. Jointly engineered by VMware and AWS, this on-demand service enables IT teams to seamlessly extend, migrate and manage their cloud-based resources with familiar VMware tools.


“The addition of the VMware Cloud on AWS in Canada represents an exciting opportunity for organizations in Canada to quickly and seamlessly leverage the capabilities of hybrid cloud,” said Sean Forkan, country manager for VMware Canada. “By delivering cloud infrastructure and operations that are consistent with those already deployed within the majority of Canadian on-premise data centres today, this on-demand service provides flexibility and agility that is key to supporting digital transformation of Canadian organizations.”


A broad range of customers around the world are already using VMware Cloud on AWS, across industries such as transportation, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, oil and gas, government, education, professional services, and technology. Previously, customers with no requirements for data to reside within Canada could use VMware Cloud on AWS from any one of the U.S. regions. However, data sovereignty is an issue for some Canadian firms in highly regulated industries with strict compliance requirements. With today’s announcement, Canadian organizations now have access to this powerful hybrid cloud service from an AWS region located inside Canada.


Popular enterprise use cases include: cloud migration, ranging from business critical applications to entire data centers; data center extension to satisfy cyclical capacity, extend to new geographies, scale virtual desktops or enable new application development and testing; and Disaster Recovery (DR), whether to replace legacy solutions, implement a new DR strategy, or protect additional workloads in the context of their existing DR solutions.


“With VMware Cloud on AWS, customers maintain a consistent infrastructure framework while accessing the benefits of public cloud,” said Eric Gales, Director, Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. “This added agility makes it easier to scale usage based on application needs, and opens up resources that can be used to drive the innovation that will keep Canadian firms ahead of the digital transformation curve.”


VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, sold and supported by VMware and its partner community in Canada.  With the same architecture and operational experience on-premises and in the cloud, IT teams can now quickly derive instant business value from use of the AWS and VMware hybrid cloud experience.


“Availability of VMware Cloud on AWS in Canada changes the game for Canadian companies looking to deploy a hybrid cloud strategy,” said Paul Kerr, president and CEO of Scalar. “A hybrid cloud strategy is critical to building a strong digital foundation and we believe the ability to keep data in Canada will accelerate use of public cloud in Canada over the next year.”


The VMware Partner Network includes VMware Cloud on AWS, providing customers choice in strategic IT partners to help accelerate their cloud journey. VMware enables partners in Canada to grow their hybrid cloud business with VMware Cloud on AWS through the VMware Solution Provider and VMware Cloud Provider programs. These programs provide partners training, financial incentives, access to VMware expertise, and joint marketing for solutions based on VMware Cloud on AWS. Additionally, the VMware Cloud on AWS Solution Competency is available to partners, offering the sales and technical training required to be successful selling and managing VMware Cloud on AWS. Visit VMware’s partner page to learn more about these programs.


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