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By: Mathew Lodge

On March 13 at the EMC VMware Strategic Forum for Institutional Investors, Pat Gelsinger and Carl Eschenbach announced VMware would offer its own public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), what we’re calling the vCloud Hybrid Service. Since that time, we’ve had hundreds of conversations with our customers and partners, and you’ve made it even more clear there is a need for – and much enthusiasm about – a true hybrid cloud service. On May 21, we’ll launch that service, and you’re invited.

A common theme is the (healthy) tension between business teams striving to launch new products and services, move into new markets and generally drive growth, and overloaded IT organizations that are rewarded for avoiding outages and cutting costs – very different incentives. Public cloud has the potential to benefit both, helping to increase agility and also reduce cost (both real costs and opportunity cost). But today public cloud deployments are not the norm, or even widespread inside the average company.  So why is that?

Part of the problem is that while public clouds can be simple to use for development, they also uncompromisingly assume you can make all your application and systems fit their way of working in production. For application teams, using public cloud can mean having to modify or re-write an application to become a fully redundant distributed system that can handle any disruption and still soldier on. Then there is the packaged software your business depends on that just doesn’t function that way. Multiply that by the number of applications a business uses, and it’s a bottleneck: you can’t make that journey overnight, and that limits the cloud velocity of a business. Over in IT, the desire is to be able to take a supporting role without abdicating important responsibilities around operating costs, uptime and security.

VMware believes a new approach is necessary, one that starts inside your data center and extends out to support all applications – both the new “born in the cloud” application and your existing systems. We believe the hybrid cloud should allow you to seamlessly extend your data center to the public cloud leveraging the same infrastructure, same network, same management and skills.

By extending the very same platform (and operations model) that you use today in your data centers to the public cloud, you will be able to deploy and run all your applications onsite, offsite or both — without compromise and with less risk. This is true hybrid cloud.

Powered by the Software-Defined Data Center & the VMware Ecosystem

What makes this hybrid approach possible? Two things: the software-defined data center and VMware’s broad ecosystem of service providers, systems integrators, ISVs, and channel partners.

The software-defined data center – where compute, storage, network and security are all virtualized and automated by software – means customers can create a unified hybrid cloud architecture spanning data center and cloud with common processes and management. The software-defined data center is the “glue” that automates migration, management, and security.

If this sounds familiar, that’s because this vision for the hybrid cloud is not a new one. VMware and our ecosystem of partners have been advocating an “inside out” approach to cloud for years. With roughly 55,000 partners worldwide, chances are likely that your first experience with our technology was through one of our partners. And we plan to make it easy for you to get VMware’s software-defined data center in a new way – as a service – through the channels you’ve always used.

VMware is about to change the way you think about the cloud, and we hope you’ll join us on May 21 to learn more.