On the first day of the VMworld 2017, virtual infrastructure giant VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS. Readers will recall that this strategic partnership between AWS and VMware was announced last year in October and now both the firms have come together to make the formal announcement of the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS.
According to company executives, VMware Cloud on AWS will bring VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) to the AWS Cloud, allowing enterprises to run applications across operationally consistent vSphere – based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, with optimised access to AWS services.
Company said that VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, sold, and supported by VMware, that means it removes barriers to cloud migration and cloud portability, increases IT efficiency, and opens up new opportunities for customers to leverage a hybrid cloud environment.
Virtual infra firm is of the view that enterprises want the ability to seamlessly integrate their on-premises data center environments with AWS using their existing tools and skillsets within a common operating environment based on familiar VMware software. VMware Cloud on AWS delivers on this , with an integrated hybrid cloud that extends on-premises vSphere environments to a VMware SDDC running on AWS elastic, bare-metal infrastructure.
“VMware and AWS are empowering enterprise IT and operations teams to add value to their businesses through the combination of VMware enterprise capabilities and the breadth and depth of capabilities and scale of the AWS Cloud, providing them a platform for any application,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware.
“VMware Cloud on AWS gives customers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud that delivers the same architecture, capabilities, and operational experience across both their vSphere-based on-premises environment and AWS,” he added.
“With the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS, for the first time customers can operate a consistent and seamless hybrid IT environment that combines the VMware software they love with the unmatched functionality, security, and operational expertise of the AWS Cloud,” said Andy Jassy, chief executive officer, AWS.
“The majority of the world’s enterprises have virtualized their data centers with VMware, and now these customers can easily move applications between their on-premises environments and AWS without having to purchase any new hardware, rewrite their applications, or modify their operations,” he added.
VMware Cloud on AWS is powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, the unified SDDC platform that integrates vSphere, VMware VSAN, and VMware NSX virtualization technologies with VMware vCenter management. This means customers can use familiar VMware tools to manage their applications, without having to purchase any new or custom hardware, rewrite applications, or modify their operating model, said VMware.
The service is initially available in the AWS US West (Oregon) region and will expand to AWS regions worldwide in 2018. VMware will make one-year and three-year subscription options available in the future, said company.