VMware and Amazon Web Services have announced a strategic collaboration that reinforces their commitment to the hybrid cloud, with the launch of VMware Cloud on AWS. The companies announce the VMware Cloud on AWS service, which allows customers to extend their VMware solutions to the public cloud. As a result of this agreement, both companies will offer VMware’s software defined data center (SDDC) in the Amazon cloud.

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This new service, which will be marketed by VMware on demand, will eliminate the need to choose between VMware environments or the AWS public cloud, as the CEOs of both companies said.

VMware Cloud on AWS, which will be available in mid-2017, will enable customers to run applications through private, public, and hybrid clouds based on VMware vSphere. The new offering will make it possible to use existing VMware software and tools to leverage AWS global services, including storage, databases, and analytics.

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“This is the leading public cloud solution delivered, sold and supported by VMware,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware. According to the manager, this joint architecture emerges to respond to customers’ requirements to extend their internal VMware solutions to the public cloud.

Despite efforts to support the hybrid cloud, companies should either take a “binary decision” or combine two different environments because VMware is not available in the Amazon cloud, as Andy Jassy, ​​CEO of AWS, pointed out.

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“Most of today’s large hybrid deployments are built on AWS and enterprise data centers rely heavily on VMware,” he added. Meanwhile, VMware will continue to support its public cloud vCloud Air, and also has agreements with other cloud providers such as IBM.

Software defined data center: VMware on AWS hardware

VMware Cloud on AWS runs on VMware Cloud Foundation, a unified SDDC platform that integrates VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and NSX virtualization technologies, and will provide access to the full range of AWS services.

This offer runs directly on AWS physical hardware: This is a native VMware environment over the AWS cloud that can be accessed on demand.

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