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VMware on AWS gets an on-premises option


VMware has taken another step to integrate its virtual kingdom with Amazon Web Services' world with an on-premise service that will let customers automate database provisioning and management. The package, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) on VMware is available now for customers running VMware vSphere 6.5 or later and supports Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and MySQL. Other DBs will be supported in the future, the companies said. The RDS lets customers run native RDS Database instances on a vSphere platform and manage those instances from the AWS Management Console in the cloud. It automates database provisioning, operating-system and database patching, backups, point-in-time restore and compute scaling, as well as database-instance health management, VMware said.

IBM Cloud Satellite goes GA


Almost a year after announcing the preview of IBM Cloud Satellite, the platform is now becoming generally available. IBM Cloud Satellite extends the IBM Cloud control plane to run virtually anywhere, whether that be on commodity hardware, some edge device, or inside another public cloud. We provided a deeper dive description of Cloud Satellite in our original post. To recap, it adds a Location construct to represent external deployments of IBM Cloud (much like federated queries for databases treat outside sources as external tables), along with a Link that provides the tether to the control plane, based in the IBM public cloud. Importantly, IBM does manage Cloud Satellite deployments; that's a departure from most other software-defined hybrid cloud platforms that run on any hardware.

Oracle brings its full lineup of cloud services to data centers


Oracle on Wednesday officially announced the expansion of its Cloud@Customer hybrid cloud offering with the debut of Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer. The new, fully-managed service brings all of Oracle's public cloud services, including its Autonomous Database and SaaS applications, directly to a customer data center. "Imagine we took all of our Gen 2 public cloud -- and I mean all of it -- and put it behind your firewall and your data center," Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison said in a virtual presentation on Wednesday. "Nobody [else] gives you a complete public cloud behind your firewall, dedicated to you. This is a first in the cloud industry."

Google Cloud wants to lift and shift your existing workloads


A core pillar of Google Cloud's appeal was providing enterprises access to the same technologies that Google itself uses. In many cases, such as with data platforms such as BigQuery or Spanner, getting the most out of them required that customers change the way they structured their databases or formed queries by doing it Google's way. But Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian also wants to make GCP hospitable to lifting and shifting your existing workloads. Google is following in the footsteps of rivals such as AWS and Azure that are offering services to meet enterprise customers where they live – at least when it comes to application architecture. The strategy might best be characterized as "if you can't beat them, join them."

AWS Outpost brings AWS cloud hardware on-premises


After announcing a partnership with VMware two years ago, and earlier this year unveiling VMware Cloud on AWS, Amazon Web Services has made available its own datacentre hardware, launching AWS Outpost. AWS Outpost essentially brings AWS cloud hardware on-premises. AWS Outposts is fully managed and comprises configurable compute and storage racks allowing customers to run compute and storage on-premises and connect to the rest of AWS's cloud. CEO Andy Jassy said AWS Outpost is a way to run AWS infrastructure on premises for a "truly consistent" hybrid experience. Option 1: For customers who want to use the same VMware control plane and APIs they've been using to run their infrastructure, they will be able to run VMware Cloud on AWS locally on AWS Outposts.