VMware and AWS Join Forces, Announce Initial Availability of VMware Cloud on AWS

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Born out of the strategic alliance announced in October 2016, the VMware Cloud on AWS solution announced at VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas would give customers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud delivering the same architecture, capabilities, and operational experience across both their vSphere-based on-premises environment and AWS Cloud.

VMware Cloud on AWS would be ideal for customers looking to migrate applications to the public cloud, develop entirely new applications, extend the capacity of their data centers for existing applications, or quickly provision development and test environments.

vmworld 2017The joined solution will also support containerized workloads and DevOps services such as Pivotal Cloud Foundry, and others. VMware and AWS plan to continue to innovate together to add new capabilities and additional AWS Cloud regions to support customers that want to use VMware Cloud on AWS for disaster recovery, data center consolidation, and geographic expansion.

VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically-scalable cloud service that would remove barriers to cloud migration and cloud portability, increase IT efficiency, and open up new opportunities for customers to leverage a hybrid cloud environment.

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“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 (CEO) of 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.”

aws cloudVMware 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.

“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 (CEO) of 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.”

VMware Cloud on AWS would deliver:

  • Enterprise capabilities of VMware SDDC with the agility, functionality, and operational expertise of AWS’s public cloud
  • Identical skills, tools, and processes for managing private and public cloud environments so customers have “consistent operations, improved productivity, and reduced costs”
  • “Seamless, fast, and bi-directional workload portability between private and public clouds”
  • Flexibility to choose where to run applications based on business needs, while having access to a broad set of AWS services and infrastructure elasticity for VMware SDDC environments
  • Ability to scale host capacity up or down “in a few minutes,” and spin up an entire VMware SDDC “in under a couple hours”
  • Ability to run, manage, and secure applications in a hybrid IT environment without having to purchase custom hardware, rewrite applications, or modify operating models

The VMware Cloud on AWS service is initially available in the AWS US West (Oregon) region and will expand to AWS Cloud regions worldwide in 2018. Customers are enables to consume this service hourly and pay only for each hour that a host is active in their account.