Users of VMware’s data center management software will now be able to utilize cloud computing without necessarily migrating from on-premises systems into the cloud. The new options, which became available generally on Monday, are possible through its partnership with Amazon Web Services to bring benefits that are increasingly important for enterprises to remain competitive.
The announcement for general availability was made prior to Monday’s keynote address by VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger at the opening of VMworld. The partnership however, has been in place since last October. The new availability enables tasks to be optioned into the AWS cloud for vSphere users and makes it easier to engage multiple environments to manage applications.
VMware, based out of Palo Alto, California, has for more than 18 years provided platform virtualization software to customers across the world. The data management software used would typically run workloads based on local hardware. Some powerful analytic tools have come to the fore with the emergence of cloud computing. To harness these capabilities it was necessary to start afresh building the infrastructure in the cloud. Huge investments in data centers over the years proved difficult for enterprises to abandon and move into the cloud. A hybrid system was hence developed bringing together rivals VMware and Amazon Web Services.
This service is being sold by VMware and its general availability is a precursor to other collaborations between the two companies with a product similar to Microsoft’s Azure Stack in the offing. The product, likely to be built by AWS would run in data centers that are VMware-powered and be able to access the AWS cloud in a strategy to address the need for a growing number of customers.
With the hybrid cloud system in place and showing signs that it’s going to be a common feature for businesses, some new tools are being deployed to help customers. One such tool is Cost Insight used for analyzing and tracking spending on cloud services. The other is Discovery, which assists users to track workloads across local and cloud hardware while AppDefense, which is integrated into the vSphere management software, is a data center security product.