VMware has announced the general availability of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in Europe from a data center in Slough, UK. Complementing VMware’s existing US data centers, the Slough data center provides its cloud hosting customers with a European location that addresses UK and EU compliance and data sovereignty demands.
VMware’s UK cloud hosting service expansion marks the beginning of a planned rollout of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service across key European locations.
“Customer response to the UK public beta of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service has been tremendous,” said Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. “VMware vCloud Hybrid Service solves key business issues allowing organizations to seamlessly extend their data centers to a cloud hosting environment – linking both private and public cloud together to create a truly hybrid cloud.”
VMs, storage and network
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, built on VMware vSphere, enables its cloud hosting customers to extend the same applications, networking, management, operations and tools across both on-premise and off-premise environments. Customers can manage and automate vCloud Hybrid Service from their vSphere console, vCloud Automation Center, vCloud Application Director and their own tools using the vCloud API.
The new UK data center delivers a high performance software-defined data center architecture including:
- Fully-redundant VM service – VMware provides a service level agreement for VM availability, backed by fully-redundant server infrastructure using VMware vSphere vMotion. This service would maximize the performance and uptime of customer applications, automatically live-migrating them to other compute nodes if there is server congestion or equipment failure.
- Enterprise-grade storage – VMware uses flash-accelerated disk storage, 10G networking and congestion control to meet current performance demands of enterprise applications.
- Full network virtualization – VMware customers can deploy a rich set of load balancers, firewalls and VPNs using virtual networks, switches and routers to replicate their physical networking configuration.