To meet customer demand for its vCloud Hybrid service, VMware is adding new data center locations in Santa Clara, Calif., and Sterling, Va., complementing its existing Las Vegas, Nev. location. VMware made the announcement during VMworld 2013, currently taking place in San Francisco.
vCloud Hybrid Service, built on VMware vSphere, enables customers to extend the same skills, tools, networking and security models across both on-premises and off-premises environments. The new hybrid service offered by VMware was launched in May this year. vCloud Hybrid Service will be generally available in September from the data centers located in Las Vegas, NV, Sterling, VA and Santa Clara, Calif.
Savvis Data Centers
To further accelerate adoption of vCloud Hybrid Service in the US, VMware has expanded its partnership with Savvis, a CenturyLink Company. VMware and Savvis will deploy VMware vCloud Hybrid Service within Savvis’ North American data center footprint in 2013 and 2014, enabling customers to gain new data center locations for vCloud Hybrid Service and accelerate their move to cloud through access to complementary colocation, managed hosting, managed services and cloud services from Savvis and network services from CenturyLink.
On top of the data center expansion announcements at VMworld 2013, VMware revealed some new capabilities for its vCloud Hybrid Service:
- Direct Connect: Will allow customers to connect their data center network directly to vCloud Hybrid Service over private dedicated networks, providing secure, consistent, high bandwidth connectivity.
- Disaster Recovery as a Service: Will automatically replicate applications and data to vCloud Hybrid Service, providing rapid automated recovery in the event of an outage. Customers can securely and automatically protect their applications with vCloud Hybrid Service for a fraction of the cost of building out additional physical data center capacity.
Vmware stresses that with vCloud Hybrid Service, channel partners will still play a key role of integrating private and public clouds and delivering hybrid solutions to customers.
With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware now has more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world.
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