By Bill Fathers, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware
Earlier today EMC announced that they have entered a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Virtustream, a cloud services provider focused on the managed private cloud. This is great news for our customers, VMware and the EMC Federation of companies. As the leader of VMware’s Cloud Services business, I wanted to offer some perspective.
With the addition of Virtustream, the EMC Federation of companies will be able to offer customers a comprehensive set of hybrid cloud offerings, including private, managed and public cloud solutions. The refreshed portfolio will include VMware vCloud Air, the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution (based on a combination of EMC and VMware technology), and now a complementary Virtustream managed cloud offering. With this comprehensive hybrid cloud solution, our customers will be able to run any application or workload from the cloud, whether private, managed or public.
The synergy doesn’t stop there as Virtustream is a long-standing member of VMware’s vCloud Air Network of partners and is also a VMware customer.
The unique value proposition of vCloud Air and VMware’s vCloud Air Network remains the same – to enable VMware customers to seamlessly extend their data center applications to the cloud. VMware provides unprecedented flexibility and choice of cloud services on a local basis with vCloud Air and through our 3,900 vCloud Air Network partners around the world. And, with our One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device architectural approach, customers can rapidly develop, automatically deliver and safely consume all of their enterprise applications. This holistic approach provides customers openness and choice in how to build and manage their applications and cloud environments based on their specific needs.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will be working on how we jointly market and sell this new capability. Once the deal closes, we’ll update you further with details on how to take advantage of this new offering.
For more information, please see the EMC press release.