This week at VMworld 2020, VMware announced new innovations to help customers build, run, manage, connect, and protect any app on any cloud. According to the company, over 15 million enterprise workloads run on VMware in the cloud. "VMware has reached a major milestone in its plan to unlock the power of every cloud for every business. We now support customers' application strategies by delivering VMware-based services on every major public cloud provider and hundreds of VMware Cloud Verified partners worldwide," VMware chief operating officer of products and cloud services Raghu Raghuram said. "As we drive our strategy forward, we are expanding our portfolio of cloud infrastructure, operations, and security services to enable faster application migration and modernisation, and better business agility, and resiliency."
Google on Thursday took the next step in its partnership with VMware, announcing an integrated first-party service that lets customers migrate or run VMware environments in Google Cloud. The new Google Cloud VMware Engine delivers a fully-managed VMware Cloud Foundation stack on dedicated Google infrastructure. With the new service, customers can connect to a dedicated VMware environment directly through the Google Cloud Console to migrate or extend their on-premise workloads to the cloud. "VMware and Google Cloud are working together to help power customers' multi-cloud strategies, and the new Google Cloud VMware Engine will enable our mutual customers to drive digital transformation and business resiliency using the same VMware Cloud Foundation running in their data centers today," Ajay Patel, SVP and GM of VMware's cloud provider software business unit, said in a statement. "Google Cloud VMware Engine enables organizations to quickly deploy their VMware environment in Google Cloud, delivering scale, agility and access to cloud-native services while leveraging the familiarity and investment in VMware tools and training."
In a previous blog, I noted VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger's view of who he thought was VMware's biggest competitor. It was (and is) Microsoft. But let's put "everywhere" aside for the moment. The arena where these two giants of IT are preparing to do battle is the hybrid cloud where both have been previewing their solutions in the form of technical previews. And both will enter the ring and start going head-to-head with real products at about the same time later this year.
VMware on Wednesday unveiled VMware Cloud, a set of modular, multi-cloud services that bring together VMware's Tanzu and Cloud Foundation platforms. Tanzu is VMware's portfolio for building and managing modern applications and is designed to deliver enterprise-grade Kubernetes at scale. The VMware Cloud Foundation is the company's portfolio of compute, storage and networking technologies. In a press briefing, Raghu Raghuram, chief operating officer of products and cloud services for VMware, said VMware Cloud is the core foundation of VMware's multi-cloud strategy, which is to provide a portfolio of modular cloud services that run on VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure, as well as on native public cloud infrastructure. "This foundation enables customers to run VM-based applications or container-based applications in a consistent way, and lets developers connect to the native cloud services on any of these platforms, and then IT can manage and secure them all in a centralized fashion," said Raghuram.
IBM is expanding its cloud footprint with new deals from enterprise clients VMware and SugarCRM. Virtualization giant VMware will now offer its cloud-hosted Horizon Air desktop and apps via the IBM Cloud. Meanwhile, Salesforce competitor SugarCRM will give its clients the option to deploy its entire platform on IBM's cloud. For IBM, the deals support the company's assertion that it's cloud is gaining momentum among enterprise service hosts such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure. IBM says its cloud also hosts services from Box, SAP, Github, Fleetcor, and Chubb.