This month the two technology giants AWS and VMware announced that they were ending the rivalry and becoming partners. Their new and exciting partnership is reported to create a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud service that will let customers use VMWare data centre software on AWS’ cloud computing service.
This means that cloud will be VMware’s primary public cloud partner and VMware will be Amazon’s Primary Private Cloud partner.
The service is currently being developed and is in its preview phase and will hopefully be fully functional by mid-2017. The service will be operated, sold and supported by VMware but integrate with the rest of AWS’ cloud portfolio:
“Our customers continue to ask us to make it easier for them to run their existing data centre investments alongside AWS,” wrote Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS, in their announcement. “Most enterprises are already virtualised using VMware, and now with VMware Cloud on AWS, for the first time, it will be easy for customers to operate a consistent and seamless hybrid IT environment using their existing VMware tools on AWS, and without having to purchase custom hardware, rewrite their applications, or modify their operating model.”
• “It will use next-generation elastic, bare metal AWS infrastructure.”
• It will run directly on physical hardware, while using a host of network and hardware features designed to support the security-first design model.
• VMware virtualisation stack will be allowed to run on AWS infrastructure in an elastic and secure manner without having to use nested virtualisation.
• VMware Virtual Machines running on AWS can power over 70 AWS services covering compute, storage, database, security, analytics, mobile, and IoT.
• With VMware Cloud on AWS, customers will be able to control their existing investment in VMware licenses through customer loyalty programs.
• VMware Cloud on AWS will provide VMware customers with full VM compatibility and portability between their on-premises infrastructure and the cloud without the need for any investment in workload modifications or retooling.