Amazon and VMware extend availability of VMware Cloud on AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware announced they are expanding the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS, as well as providing additional capabilities that help customers with disaster recovery and incorporate on-demand capacity.

VMware customers have been challenged to transition their applications from datacenters to the cloud. VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension is a new service intended to accelerate the migration process. VMware on AWS hosts VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) on the AWS cloud, enabling customers to run applications on a public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

“The momentum for VMware Cloud on AWS is growing rapidly, and VMware and AWS are delivering major new capabilities after only three months of availability while enhancing our strategic relationship with new integrations across our platforms,” said Mark Lohmeyer, vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “Customers of VMware Cloud on AWS will be able to migrate application portfolios to the cloud even more rapidly with Hybrid Cloud Extension and AWS Direct Connect, while maintaining the optimal levels of performance, scale, and availability required for mission-critical apps.”

In addition, as part of the expansion, VMware Cloud on AWS will be available from the U.S. West region (Oregon) to include the AWS U.S. East region (N. Virginia), noted Sandy Carter, vice president, enterprise workloads for AWS.

“We are pleased to extend availability of VMware Cloud on AWS to the AWS U.S. East region. Both teams have been really focused on quickly iterating to provide the capabilities that our customers have told us they want,” she said. “In addition to the availability, networking, and security features that will further support production workloads, we’re excited to extend native integrations with AWS Direct Connect.”

VMware also introduced a new service for VMware Cloud on AWS called VMware Site Recovery, which provides protection between customer data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS. With the solution, customers pay to protect specific virtual machines. If a disaster occurs, applications running on the virtual machines are moved to VMware Cloud on AWS. The companies are also extending the scale, network connectivity and security capabilities of VMware Cloud on AWS to support as Oracle, Oracle RAC, Microsoft SQL Server, Apache Spark and Hadoop.

The move follows AWS rival Microsoft announcing a free cloud tool called Azure Migrate last week, which the company said ought to make it easier to transfer VMware applications to its infrastructure-as-a-service platform. The announcement signaled an increased effort on Microsoft’s part to gain a competitive edge in the cloud computing market over competitors like AWS.

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