VMware has unveiled its vCloud Hybrid Service, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud built on the foundation of VMware vSphere, giving customers a common platform to extend their data centre to the cloud.
‚”VMware’s mission is to radically simplify IT and help customers transform their IT operations,‚” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware. ‚”Today, with the introduction of the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, we take a big step forward by coupling all the value of VMware virtualization and software-defined data centre technologies with the speed and simplicity of a public cloud service that our customers desire.‚”
vCloud Hybrid Service will seamlessly extend VMware software used by hundreds of thousands of customers into the public cloud. This means customers will be able to extend the same skills, tools, networking and security models across both on-premise and off-premise environments.
‚”As a source of competitive advantage for our International business, our Operations & IT department needs the agility and efficiency the public cloud promises,‚” said Julio Sobral, senior vice president, Business Operations, Fox. ‚”However, we don’t have the luxury of starting from scratch, we see in the vCloud Hybrid Service a potential solution to enable Fox International to have a more elastic platform that will support future deployments around the world. Working with technology partners like VMware gives us the best of both worlds by extending our existing infrastructure to realize the benefits of public cloud.‚”
The Fastest Path to Cloud For VMware Customers
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will allow customers to extend their data centres to the cloud with:
¬∑ Application Neutrality
vCloud Hybrid Service will support the thousands of applications and more than 90 operating systems that are certified to run onvSphere so customers can get the same level of availability and performance running in the public cloud without changing or re-writing their applications.
¬∑ Seamless Networking and Security
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will allow customers to use virtual networking to securely extend existing Layer 2 or Layer 3 networks from their data centre to the vCloud Hybrid Service.
¬∑ Business-Critical Reliability
Built on vSphere, vCloud Hybrid Service will offer automated replication, monitoring and high availability for business-critical applications, leveraging the advanced features of vSphere, including VMware vMotion, High Availability and vSphere Distributed Resources Scheduler.
¬∑ Simplified Management
vCloud Hybrid Service will offer a simplified approach to management, allowing customers to use the same tools and processes they use today to manage both on-premise and off-premise environments. vSphere administrators will be able to view, manage and migrate VMs from the vSphere client using the free vCloud Connector plug-in.
‚”Our new VMware vCloud Hybrid Service delivers a public cloud that is completely interoperable with existing VMware virtualized infrastructure,‚” said Chris Norton, regional director Southern Africa at VMware. ‚”By taking an ‚’inside-out’ approach that will enable new and existing applications to run anywhere, this service will bridge the private and public cloud worlds without compromise.‚”
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Provides Opportunities for Partners
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will be delivered by partners and compatible with other VMware-based cloud services. vCloud Hybrid Service can be sold the same way as on-premise VMware licenses with a standard SKU, and partners can retain the billing relationship with customers. In addition, cloud service providers will have the opportunity to provide value-added services or add vCloud Hybrid Service to their portfolio. VMware is committed to driving rapid innovation and service delivery to market, which VMware will make available to VMware service providers in the form of technology and IP.