VMware and AWS have announced a strategic alliance to build and deliver a seamlessly integrated hybrid offering, VMware Cloud on AWS. The new solution would give customers a full software-defined data center (SDDC) experience from a leading company in private cloud, running on one of the world’s most popular public clouds.
Most enterprises rely on VMware to run applications in their vSphere-based private clouds, and often these same customers are also running applications on AWS. Increasingly, these customers have asked both companies to make it easier to run their existing on-premises environments alongside AWS using the VMware software and tools they’ve come to rely on.
VMware Cloud on AWS is a jointly architected solution that will enable customers to run applications across VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. Delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically scalable service, VMware Cloud on AWS will allow VMware customers to use their existing VMware software and tools to leverage AWS’s global footprint and breadth of services, including storage, databases, analytics, and more.
Available in mid-2017, VMware Cloud on AWS will be delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically scalable service.
Bare Metal AWS Infrastructure
VMware Cloud on AWS is powered by VMware Cloud Foundation; a unified SDDC platform that integrates VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and NSX virtualization technologies. It will provide access to the full range of AWS services, together with the functionality, elasticity, and security customers have come to expect from the AWS Cloud.
“VMware Cloud on AWS offers our customers the best of both worlds,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware. “This new service will make it easier for customers to preserve their investment in existing applications and processes while taking advantage of the global footprint, advanced capabilities, and scale of the AWS public cloud.”
The new solution will run on elastic, bare metal AWS Cloud infrastructure. Customers will have the ability to purchase services through their existing VMware commercial agreement and use their existing VMware software investments to secure additional loyalty discounts for their VMware Cloud on AWS hybrid environment.
“Our customers continue to ask us to make it easier for them to run their existing data center investments alongside AWS,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS. “Most enterprises are already virtualized 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 Cloud, and without having to purchase custom hardware, rewrite their applications, or modify their operating model.”