At a joint press event on Thursday, Oct. 13, Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, and Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), appeared together to announce a major alliance between the two tech giants.
VMware, the leader in private cloud, and AWS, the leader in public cloud, announced the companies will partner to build and deliver a new service for customers to manage public, private, and hybrid cloud environments using a common set of software and tools. The new service—VMware Cloud™ on AWS— will enable customers to bring the best of VMware’s enterprise-class software-defined data center (SDDC) to the AWS cloud.
VMware Cloud on AWS will be a new vSphere-based cloud service running on AWS that lets IT staff build and run applications with easy access to advanced AWS services from within their VMware environments. AWS will be VMware’s primary public cloud infrastructure partner, and this new service will be the primary public cloud solution delivered, sold, and supported by VMware.
Customer Feedback Drives Partnership
On stage during Thursday’s announcement, Gelsinger noted the alliance has been driven by feedback from VMware customers. Jassy agreed and said most AWS customers also run VMware, and they frequently request tighter integration between private and public clouds.
Both Gelsinger and Jassy emphasized that the alliance of the two companies is not a one-off collaboration but rather a strategic, long-term relationship. VMW and AWS teams worked together to create VMware Cloud on AWS and will continue to jointly develop new solutions.
“We’re going to do great things together for our joint customers,” commented Gelsinger.
Customers Benefit From Partnership
In order to illustrate how firms are already using the new service, Jassy and Gelsinger invited Steve Phillpott, CIO of Western Digital Corporation (WDC), on stage to discuss how the company is leveraging VMware and AWS.
Phillpott remarked that WDC, a large AWS customer and a leading provider of data storage solutions, runs one of the world’s largest engineering simulations in the cloud for a F100 company. He pointed out that since WDC implemented High Performance Computing on AWS solutions, engineering simulation projects that once took 30 days can be done in only eight hours. By leveraging solutions from VMware and AWS, WDC has increased IT productivity, improved security, and reduced operational costs and capital expenses.
Phillpott noted WDC currently runs a hybrid cloud environment and intends to maintain one going forward. He said he is excited that VMware Cloud on AWS will give the company the ability to move workloads around the world and to look across public and private clouds through “a single pane of glass.”
Customers that have already had success in separately leveraging VMware and AWS solutions have noted that they are looking forward to the unprecedented innovation sure to be enabled through accessing all the capabilities of AWS while utilizing VMware’s deep set of tools.
VMware Cloud on AWS will go into Beta in the first part of 2017 and will be generally available in mid-2017. It will be delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically scalable service. Pricing will be made available closer to the general availability date.