VMware Cloud now available on Amazon Web Services

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VMware Cloud is now available on Amazon Web Services in beta form and some customers are being given early access. 

VMware Cloud enables users to run a software-defined data centre on the AWS Cloud, and run the VMware vSphere server virtualisation applications for private, public and hybrid cloud environments.

Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, says: “VMware Cloud on AWS gives customers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud that delivers the same architecture, capabilities, and operational experience across both their vSphere-based on-premises environment and AWS.”

Andy Jassy, chief executive officer, AWS, says: “The majority of the world’s enterprises have virtualized their data centers with VMware, and now these customers can easily move applications between their on-premises environments and AWS without having to purchase any new hardware, rewrite their applications, or modify their operations.”

VMware has been one of the main companies to make the idea of a software-defined data centre a reality.

After having been one of the pioneers of the virtualisation of servers within data centres, the company seems to be moving to making data centres themselves virtual.

The bits and bytes still ultimately need actual physical servers and hardware, but that hardware may increasingly from a variety of different companies.

At the moment, the largest suppliers of servers to data centres include HPE, which is said to be the market leader, and Dell, which is an early adopter of VMware Cloud on AWS.

David Goulden, president, Dell EMC, says: “The introduction of VMware Cloud on AWS further solidifies VMware’s position as a driving force behind the movement to the software-defined data center and the hybrid cloud.

“Dell EMC is committed to making IT infrastructure seamless, and enabling our customers to modernize their data protection in VMware environments is a critical milestone on the journey to data center transformation.”

Peter FitzGibbon, vice president and general manager of VMware, Rackspace, says: “VMware Cloud on AWS provides a unique advantage to customers seeking to leverage the benefits of a hybrid cloud environment.”