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At the recent VMworld conferences in both Las Vegas and Barcelona, VMware announced new partnerships with IBM and Amazon Web Services, which provide additional ways for customers to extend to the public cloud with a VMware-based SDDC architecture. These new partnerships build on the hybrid cloud strategy that VMware has been delivering and continues to deliver through vCloud Air and the vCloud Air Network.

Companies are already investing in public clouds like AWS and Azure, building new cloud-first applications that take full advantage of these platforms. However, they recognize that 85% of their workloads still remain on-premises. To take advantage of what cloud computing offers, organizations will have to decide what the best path for migration will be for these applications:

  • “Lift and shift” applications as-is into the cloud.
  • Modernize portions of an application while maintaining existing systems of record.
  • Replace applications entirely with cloud-first and cloud-native architectures.

VMware’s mission is to help organizations leverage the benefits of public cloud computing across the full spectrum of options through fully compatible cloud services like vCloud Air, VMware Cloud on AWS, and VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM, as well as our forthcoming cross-cloud services. With each of these options, the IT organization can leverage their existing tools, skillsets, and investments while gaining more agility and access to extended cloud services that add capabilities that customers cannot get in traditional data centers.

VMware Cloud Foundation Everywhere

65% of organizations have a hybrid cloud strategy today. Companies recognize that their IT strategy will span both on- and off-premises environments for many years to come and will be more successful if they can work together. Given that requirement, VMware is in the best position to help these customers through a set of highly compatible cloud services that easily extends on-premises vSphere deployments.

But we also know that customers will have different requirements when they look to make this transition. Certain customers may need to have cloud services based in certain countries or regions, some may be looking to solve very specific technical challenges like massive workload migration projects in a short amount of time, or some may be looking for additional cloud services to supplement their workloads.

VMware is committed to supporting all hybrid cloud use cases while giving our customers choice in who they work with. VMware is working with top cloud providers including IBM and AWS to expand the options that customers have and remove the fear of lock-in with any specific vendor. Yet each of these options will also bring their own unique extended cloud services to the table.

Continued Growth and Investment in vCloud Air

Earlier in 2016, VMware shared the focused strategy for vCloud Air around three key use cases: data center extension, data center replacement, and disaster recovery. By focusing on these use cases, we have been able to work closely with customers to understand their toughest challenges to adopting cloud services. These conversations and close partnerships with our customers have helped fuel our research and development which have culminated in several one-of-a-kind solutions that are only available with vCloud Air today.

One significant innovation has been with the latest release of Hybrid Cloud Manager. First launched in 2015 with the ability to stretch Layer 2 networks from on-premises into vCloud Air, as well as support replication-based virtual machine migration with low downtime switchover, the solution is now an advanced hybrid cloud fabric solution that bridges the physical divide between a customer’s data center and vCloud Air. It is a traffic manager solution, security solution, networking solution, and virtual machine migration solution all in one.

In addition to Hybrid Cloud Manager, the vCloud Air team has introduced several other enhancements to the service in the last 3 months:

  • Hybrid DMZ reference designs that help companies replicate their data center designs into a fully virtualized cloud service, supporting security architectures preferred by enterprise customers.
  • Beta of a new Disaster Recovery solution designed for complex and large DR needs.
  • Support for Federated Identity to help integrate companies’ existing identity provider solutions and Single Sign-On capabilities into vCloud Air.
  • New storage tiers and support for larger virtual machines.

For full details of these announcements, visit these posts:

vCloud Air Success Stories

With our hybrid focus and the specific innovations we have brought to market, we have been able to help customers solve their problems in truly unique ways. A few customer stories:

  • Customer who has now live migrated over 300 workloads to vCloud Air in 2 months. Customer had a need to maintain uptime to minimize disruption to application owners and also to maintain IP and MAC addressing due to security policies that they did not want to recreate. They are leveraging Hybrid Cloud Manager for both stretch Layer 2 networking as well as vMotion.
  • Fast growing customer who has quintupled their DR environment (from 130 to 650 protected virtual machines) in one year.
  • Customer who acquired a company and in doing so, needed to absorb 700 workloads and an expensive daily hosting fee. With vCloud Air they could very quickly migrate those workloads off of the hosting contract and saving over $1 million.
  • Customer who has gone from 12 global data centers down to 5 by leveraging vCloud Air as a significant part of their overall IT strategy, specifically hosting all test and development workloads. They are using vRealize Automation to provide a single control plane into their cloud resources, unifying both management as well as user access.

If you’re ready to get started with the hybrid cloud, visit vCloud.VMware.com.

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