As undisputed virtualization and private cloud leader, customers look to VMware as the safe choice for running enterprise workloads in the cloud. VMware works with our cloud provider partners to help engineer, test and validate their cloud environments to offer a compatible cloud that is best for running VMware workloads and has our backing and support.
Recently, Microsoft announced a preview of VMware virtualization on Azure, a bare-metal solution that is stated to run a VMware stack on Azure hardware, co-located with other Azure services in partnership with VMware-certified partners. This offering is being developed independent of VMware, however it is being offered as a dedicated, server-hosted solution similar in approach to other VMware Cloud Provider Partners (VCPP). The deployment is on VMware certified hardware consisting of FlexPod. VMware is in the process of engaging with the partner to ensure compliance and that the appropriate support model is in place. Learn more details from Microsoft.
Enterprise customers are moving to standardize on VMware as the platform that provides both common infrastructure and operations across multiple clouds. Customers want to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to native public cloud services. There are clear limitations to a hosted VMware solution. This is what led us to partner with AWS to deliver VMware Cloud on AWS, a co-developed offering that is fully supported and managed by VMware engineers, to deliver a world class experience. With this offering, we are delivering to customers a jointly architected, and fully tested and validated cloud service that integrates the world’s leading private and public clouds.
Another example of a recommended partner offering is VMware’s strategic collaboration with IBM to deliver a secure, enterprise hybrid cloud. IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions brings together IBM Cloud infrastructure and VMware technologies to ease moving VMware workloads from on-premises to the IBM Cloud.
Along with OVH, IBM is also one of the first partners to adopt VMware HCX technologies. VMware HCX technologies enables organizations to migrate and manage hybrid cloud deployments. The service makes it possible to achieve secure, seamless interoperability and hybridity between any VMware vSphere-based clouds, enabling large-scale migration to modern clouds/datacenters, and application mobility, with no application downtime. VMware HCX technologies is in beta through IBM and OVH, and will be generally available in the next quarter.
We have also invested heavily in delivering VMware Cloud Foundation, a unified SDDC platform that brings together VMware vSphere, vSAN and NSX into a natively integrated stack to deliver enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure. VMware Cloud Verified partners like IBM, OVH, Rackspace, CenturyLink offer VMware Cloud Foundation based services that are available today. These partners offer customers compatible and supported VMware clouds, with global reach and their own unique managed services value.
VMware is focused on delivering value to customers and harnessing the reach and capability of over 4100+ VMware Cloud Provider partners. We are committed to engineering, testing and validating cloud solutions that meet the needs of our customers. You can look to VMware Cloud on AWS and cloud offerings from partners such as IBM, OVH, Rackspace, Virtustream, CenturyLink and as others come to market, that are properly validated and supported by VMware.
This is our continued commitment to our customers and our partners to help ensure their cloud success.
This blog post was originally posted on November 21, 2017 and has since been updated on December 19, 2017 to provide an up-to-date market context.