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VMware cloud on aws and what it means

VMware cloud on aws and what it means

VMware has announced recently about the availability of its cloud offering on AWS. How does it benefit AWS and VMware? Let's find out.

Here is brief take on this development.

For VMware:

VMware has a huge base of enterprise customers and running vSphere cloud foundations (vSphere, VSAN, NSX, and vCenter) in production. These users now will able to leverage other AWS services seamlessly if not immediately. Though not impossible but it difficult for any company to build global scale infrastructure for public cloud. Now, whenever AWS adds another region to its bucket, it can be leveraged by VMware cloud. This will be huge savings in terms of CAPEX. In addition, VMware users will be benefiting from known ecosystem and at the same time moving to more reliable public cloud infrastructure. This will also help VMware users to seamlessly migrate their workloads from on-premise to public cloud (if not prohibited by any regulations). Organizations running VMware infrastructure in their on-premise data-centers or VMware cloud will have to ready their multi-cloud strategies. Moving forward, organizations choosing VMware vSphere environment will automatically bind their multi-cloud strategy as well as hybrid cloud strategy to AWS.
 
For offering details on VMware on AWS visit 

https://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws 
https://aws.amazon.com/vmware/

For AWS:

AWS was already building tools to move users from VMware to AWS.  By allowing VMware cloud on AWS automatically gives AWS footprint to workloads that are already running on VMware. AWS infrastructure will be always transparent to VMware cloud users. Every new VMware cloud customer will automatically generate revenue for AWS.

Microsoft has recently announced its Azure stack offering for private cloud. The entry of offerings such as Azure stack in private data center virtually makes hypervisors irrelevant. Users of Azure stack will get the same experience as Azure's public counterpart, should they choose to move to Azure. Users will not be concerned about hypervisors such as Xen, KVM or vSphere. The focus is no longer a hypervisor, it is on cloud management platform and seamless migration of workloads. Customers who do not want to move to public cloud, Azure stack instance on their data center is promising offering. The VMware cloud on AWS will also help AWS to stand against offerings such as Microsoft's Azure stack.

In summary:

As an established players VMware and AWS are giving a strong offering to accelerate customers towards hybrid clouds. The underlying cloud technologies are going through incremental innovations unless some disruptive technology comes in. But after a decade of cloud computing, the vendors are trying to reposition themselves not only in terms of technology but by fine tuning their business models.

By Mandar

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